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 Diversity

Who Am I?

Title: Why Am I Me? (2017)

Author: Paige Britt

Illustrated By: Sean Qualls & Selina Alko

Published By: Scholastic Press

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On this Worldly Wednesday we ask, “Why am I me?”…”and not you?”  A very simple answer to this question, per my daughter Lulu, is that it does not even matter because we are all the same!  We are all human beings!  We are all people!  We all live and breathe and we all laugh and cry.  This book poses both a simple and complex question, why are we who we are?  And if you could be someone else who would you be?  And if someone else were you, who would they be?  A question one either can confidently answer OR a question that some struggle to answer their whole lives.

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1 other book by Paige Britt:

▪The Lost Track of Time (2015)

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Sean Qualls also illustrated:

▪Dizzy (2006)

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Selina Alko also illustrated:

▪B is for Brooklyn (2012)

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Sean Qualls & Selina Alko also illustrated:

▪The Case for Loving (2015)

Books on Self-Concept

Face It!

Title: Freckleface Strawberry (2007)

Author: Julianne Moore

Illustrated By: LeUyen Pham

Published By: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books

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Celebrate Me Monday by celebrating yourself!  This is exactly what Freckleface Strawberry did!  Freckleface Strawberry had freckles, (if you had not guessed that by now!), and red hair!  At first Freckleface Strawberry did not embrace her freckles.  She wondered where they came from.  Her father did not have freckles, her mother did not have freckles, her sister did not even have freckles!  Only her baby brother, but he did not count!  Freckleface Strawberry was subjected to the daily teasing and taunting that children do when someone is different than them.  She was told she looked dirty, dotted, and like a giraffe!  Freckleface Strawberry did not want freckles!  She tried everything to get rid of them!  But the freckles remained!  So, she decided just to hide her freckles by wearing a ski mask to cover her face.  She soon finds out that one should not hide from one’s true self!  (Plus, wearing a ski mask all day is hot and itchy!)

Freckleface Strawberry is a wonderful book to teach children to be proud and true to who they are!  Our differences are what sets us apart from one another, making each of us special and unique!  No one should be ashamed of who they are.  Children should embrace their skin, hair, body, abilities, etc…  We cannot expect others to accept who we are unless we first accept and love ourselves! Teach children self-love, self-acceptance, and self-determination.  Children who have a strong sense of self-worth can rise above those who have not yet learned the power of acceptance.  Love thyself and eveything else will fall into place! 🔷

Favorite line in this book: “In fact, she lived happily ever after.” 🔷

3 other books by Julianne Moore:

▪Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully (2009)

▪Freckleface Strawberry Best Friend’s Forever (2011)

▪My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me (2013)

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LeUyen Pham also illustrated:

▪Grace for President (2008)

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)