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Please welcome Michael Smith with his picture book on exploring diverse cultures through picture books. We are giving away a copy of his book, It Starts with a Raindrop. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.
Exploring Diverse Cultures Through Picture Books
I am Hapa by Crystal Smith
I am Hapa encourages children to look within themselves and appreciate the diverse cultures and ethnicities that make each person special. It is the first trilingual children’s book in English, Spanish and Chinese celebrating the multiracial and multicultural experience. [picture book, ages 3-5]
Lucas and His Loco Beans by Ramona Winner
This book is a rhyming and bilingual tale of the Mexican jumping beans. It also includes a non-fiction section on the fascinating life cycle of the Mexican jumping bean in English and Spanish text. It is a perfect supplemental trade book on the life cycle of butterflies. [picture book, ages 6-9]
Jadyn and the Magic Bubble: I Met Gandhi by Brigitte Benchimol
An educational children’s story of the world famous peace activist Mahatma Gandhi who helped win India’s independence from British rule through the principles of nonviolence. The book also includes game, activities, and a bonus audio CD with narration and Indian songs. [picture book, ages 7-10]
Mama The Alien/Mama la Extraterrestre by Rene Colato Lainez
A young girl misunderstands the word alien on her mother’s Resident Alien Card and lets her imagination run wild. It is an enchanted children’s story on immigration in bilingual English and Spanish text. [picture book, ages 6-9]
Sona and the Wedding Game by Kashmira Sheth
Sona is excited about her first Indian wedding especially her sister is the bride. Sona is told that her role is to steal the groom’s shoes as part of the wedding ceremony. It is a delightful story on the Indian wedding cultural traditions. [picture book, ages 6-9]
The Little Kokeshi Doll from Fukushima by Sunny Seki
Kokeshi dolls have been popular in Japan for over 200 years. Based on the author’s extensive research in Japan, this story shines light on how and why the Kokeshi doll was born. Bilingual text in English and Japanese. [picture book, ages 6-9]
The Way to School by Rosemary McCarney
This amazing book features compelling photographs with rhyming text of the dangerous journeys to schools from children around the world. It is an inspiring picture book on the importance of education. [picture book, ages 5-8]
It Starts with a Raindrop by Michael Smith
This bilingual English and Spanish picture book celebrates the beauty and wonder of the water cycle through lyrical rhyming text and vibrant realistic paintings. The story of water is described eloquently in this delightful and informational book that engages children and adults alike. [picture book, ages 5-8]
It Starts with a Raindrop GIVEAWAY
Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to win It Starts with a Raindrop by Michael Smith. We can only mail to U.S. addresses due to the high cost of postage.
Michael Smith is the author of many non-fiction and fiction books for all ages. Among his many award-winning titles are Relativity/Relatividad, a Junior Library Guild Selection, Thomas the T. rex, an Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and What in the World, a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold Medal Winner. It Starts with a Raindrop is his newest bilingual science title. Smith often gets his inspiration to write from traveling and exploring remote regions. Learn more about him on his publisher’s website.
To find more diverse and multicultural books for children, please check out our Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents. We also have Pinterest board full of ideas: