Celebrating Diversity Through Children's Books
|I received a free copy of this book to review as part of |
Multicultural Children's Book Day. The views expressed are my own.
We love discovering new books, especially books that include characters that reflect the diverse world in which we live. Not only does Today the Teacher Changed Our Seats feature a diverse group of students in the classroom as well as an African-American male teacher, but it is also a book that allows for learning discussions and activities around the math concept of grouping and the reality that sometimes teachers do things our children don't like (i.e. separating them from their friends or asking them to sit somewhere new).
Since grouping is a math concept my 3 and 5 year-old aren't really familiar with, I wasn't sure if the book would engage them, but I was wrong. Wild Thing (my 5 year-old son) LOVES math, so the idea that this book was a book about math excited him. I think he also liked seeing a teacher in a book that was an African-American man, since his dad (who is African-American and Latino teaches filmmaking and digital arts two days a week at Wild Thing's charter school).
Another surprise for me was how well this book engaged my early reader. Many of the words in the book are words Wild Thing is learning to read: yellow, red, gray, green, so he and I enjoyed reading the book together as I read most of the words, and he read the words that he knew. Plus, the math focus of the book had him spouting addition facts to me, which was fun.
I always notice that my sons, who are part of a very multicultural family, always get extra excited about books that include children and adults that look like the family and friends they have, which is why I love being a part of Multicultural Children's Book Day!
Please check out my post from last year for Multicultural Children's Book Day and 10 of our favorite Multicultural Children's Books. I'd love to know what some of your favorites are too.