Books on Diversity

We Are A Village!

Title: It Takes a Village

Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Illustrator: Marla Frazee

Published By: Simon & Schuster 

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It is Worldly Wednesday, the day we celebrate eveyone, regardless of differences!  We all make the world go around!  So we all must work together!  As people and as a community.  A village is a community of people who work together for the good of all of it’s members.  In Hillary Clinton’s, It Takes a Village, we see an ideal example of a village.  A village works together, rest together, eats together, and plays together!  When one person needs help, the village is there.  This concept of village starts at home.  Our family is our first village, then our village expands to our neighborhood, community, town, state, nation, country…the world!  It takes the whole world helping one another, caring about one another, and lifting each other up to make it a better place!

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Favorite line in this book: “Children are born believers.”

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Marla Frazee also illustrated:

▪ Babies Everywhere (2001)

Books on Diversity, Books on Self-Concept, Books on Values

Powerful Words!

Title: Martin’s Big Words

Author: Doreen Rappaport

Illustrated By: Bryan Collier 

Published By: Jump at the Sun

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On this Me Monday we celebrate and honor the works and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!  We have accomplished and learned so much from Dr. King’s legacy, but we have so much further to go!  As long as there is still hate and injustice in this world, our work is never done!  Dr. King read and studied the teachings of Mahatma Ghandi, the wise Indian activist.  Ghandi stated that, “If we are to reach peace in this world…we shall have to begin with children…”  These words are so true.  Children learn by our example.  What we say, what we do, how we interact with one another, how we respond and react to situations, how we treat ourselves and others.  If a child sees hate, that child will learn to hate.  But if a child sees love, kindness, respect, and generosity, then we can change this world into a better place, one child at a time!

Dr. King’s father was a minister so Dr. King was receiving inspiring words and teachings about love and righteousness from a very young age.  This influenced his thoughts about the world and motivated him to share these teachings with others in hopes of irradicating hate and the mistreatment of mankind.

What can we do today to continue Dr. King’s movement? Simply love another!  Regardless of the color of our skin, where we come from, where we live, what religion we practice, what language we speak, etc… We are all different and that is the beauty of the world!  But our differences should not set us apart, they should be celebrated and respected!  We should all love one another for who we are!

Books on Family

We Are Family!

Title: We Are Family (2017)

Author: Patricia Hegarty

Illustrated By: Ryan Wheatcroft

Publisher: Tiger Tales

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We Are Family is our first book featured on Family Fridays!   This book is awesome!!!  It shows families of different races, ethnicities and cultures.  Big families, little families, young families, and older families.  Families with one parent, two parents, families with two moms, and families with two dads.  Families of different abilities.  This book covers it all.  Follow different families throughout their day from the early morning rush until they settle in for the night!  Some families walk, ride, or drive everywhere they go.  Families have fun with one another in different ways.  Some relax in the peace and quiet of nature while some get their thrills on a roller coaster ride!  But one thing that all families have in common is unconditional love and support!  The illustrations in this book are so soft, warm, and inviting!  There is so much detail and the beautiful colors used throughout compliment the book so well!  I love how you get a snapshot of each family as if you were flipping through a photo album!

 

 

¤My favorite line in this book:

“Our journeys are different, by bus, bike, or car, But family is with us, wherever we are.”

 

¤3 other books by Patricia Hegarty:
▪Bear’s Truck is Stuck (2015)

▪Above and Below (2016)

▪Everybody’s Welcome (2017)

 

¤Ryan Wheatcroft also illustrated:

▪Camels Close Their Noses (2015)

Books on Diversity

Whoever!

Title: Whoever You Are (1997)

Author: Mem Fox

Illustrator: Leslie Staub

Publisher: Voyager Books

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Our first Worldly Wednesday book feature is Whoever You Are.  The perfect book to express what Wordly Wednesdays are all about!  This book shows children that there is a great big world out there!  And in this world there are many, many peope who are different from them, and that is what makes this world so special!  Whoever You Are teaches children that just because someone may look different than you, live somewhere different, dress differently, eat different foods that we are all the same inside.  All children smile, laugh, hurt, and cry at times.  What we share on the inside is way more important that outward appearances.  We must teach this to all children to rid the world of all the -ism’s we are faced with everyday.  Young children do not see color, race, religion, culture as factors unless they have been taught and conditioned to do so.  When a young child goes to the playground they are just looking for another child to play with regardless of any differences.  This is the innocence of childhood that we must preserve.  If we begin early when children are young they will better understand that we are all one people, and no one person is better than another!  We must teach children to be respectful, accepting and understanding of the world and people around them.  Teach them to look for the similarities among us rather than what sets us apart.  It is time to change the world and it begins with children.

Favorite line in this book: “Joys are the same, and love is the same.”

3 other books by Mem Fox:

▪Harriet You’ll Drive Me Wild (2000)

▪A Particular Cow (2006)

▪Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes  (2008)

Leslie Staub also illustrated:

▪Bless this House (2000)