Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Imagining Yourself in Another Country
I’m always on the look out for children’s book titles that are inclusive of other cultures. Roman’s nonfiction book series, “If You Were Me and Lived In…” explores different cultural practices around the world. Each book in the series addresses a different country. Geared towards early elementary grades, the vivid illustrations provide a colorful look at what it is like to grow up in a different country, from names to popular foods to common hobbies. The book provides in-text guides for pronouncing unfamiliar words as well as a handy pronunciation guide and glossary at the end.
Some of the pages are text-heavy which can be overwhelming for the eye and take away from the illustrations. Still, I appreciated how each country was described from a child’s perspective, reflecting the kinds of everyday activities and special events to give readers an avenue for imagining themselves in another land. This series would make a welcome addition to a nonfiction collection for early readers.
Want to learn more other multicultral book options and get a chance to win free books? Join in the Twitter Party today, Jan. 27 at 9pm EST. using the hashtag #ReadYourWorld. Check out the hashtag and website for more book reviews, giveaways, and further details.
Thanks again to Carole P. Roman, the Multicultural Children’s Book Day organizers, and all the bloggers, educators, librarians, authors, sponsors, and readers taking part in this annual event.