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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Gardner

Exploring the World through Literature: Cultural Diversity in Children's Books

Buckle up, we’re off on an adventure! This week we’re exploring the world from the comfort of our living room. Books have the magical power to transport us to wherever we want to go, and can introduce children to different cultures, allowing them to open their minds and broaden their horizons. Let's dive into some of our top recommendations that will whisk you away to new lands and introduce you to exciting traditions:

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She traveled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”

- Matilda, Roald Dahl

Family and Me!

by Michaela Dias-Hayes (Picturebook)

Suitable for ages 3-5

Join a young girl on a heartwarming journey of self-discovery as she explores the beautiful traits and heritage she shares with her diverse family of black and South Asian descent. It's a joyful celebration of love, pride, and a sense of belonging.

I Love Chinese New Year

by Eva Wong Nava & Li Xin (Picturebook)

Suitable for ages 3-6

Experience the excitement of Chinese New Year through the eyes of Mai-Anne. This beautifully illustrated book takes you on a journey through traditions, delicious food, and the captivating story of the Great Race. Get ready for a festive adventure!

Not Now, Noor!

by Farhana Islam & Nabila Adani (Picturebook)

Suitable for ages 3-6

Join Noor on her quest to unravel the mystery behind why the women in her family wear headscarves. This heartwarming and humorous tale celebrates Muslim women, curious minds, and the power of family love.

Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story

by Hena Khan & Julie Paschkis (Picturebook)

Suitable for ages 4-8

Discover the beauty of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr through the eyes of a young girl. This gentle and thought-provoking story embraces family, gratitude, and the joys of a special time of year. A beautifully illustrated book, this is a fantastic educational resource, with a glossary of terms included at the end of the story.

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

by Richard O'Neill & Katharine Quarmby, illustrated by Hannah Tolson (Picturebook)

Suitable for ages 4-9

Enter the captivating world of Ossiri, a Traveller girl who creates a unique musical instrument from recycled objects. Join her on a musical adventure as she dares to awaken the ogre in the hills. This original tale told by a Romani storyteller provides a glimpse into Traveling lifestyles and cultures.

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun

by Tolá Okogwu (Chapter book)

Suitable for ages 8+

Hold on tight for an edge-of-your-seat adventure with Onyeka, a Nigerian girl in London with extraordinary powers. Follow her journey as she navigates friendships, uncovers family secrets, and learns to control her abilities. This thrilling tale is perfect for fans of superheroes and captivating storytelling.

Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom

by Sangu Mandanna (Chapter book)

Suitable for ages 8+

Prepare for a fantastical adventure as Kiki ventures into a magical realm inspired by Hindu legends. With a diverse cast of characters, this tale explores friendship, courage, and the wonders of mythology.

Front Desk

by Kelly Yang, illustrated by Maike Plenzke (Chapter book)

Suitable for ages 9+

Join Mia, a Chinese girl living in America, on a courageous journey filled with themes of immigration, prejudice, and hope. This moving story sheds light on the challenges faced by immigrant families and the power of resilience.

From heartwarming picture books to thrilling chapter books, these literary gems transport young readers to new horizons, fostering empathy, curiosity, and a deep appreciation for our multicultural world. So, grab your virtual passport and join us on this extraordinary journey with Boom Reader. Let the magic of literature open your mind, expand your horizons, and inspire a lifelong love for reading!

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