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I'm looking to continue to diversify my classroom library (already started, but it's a slow process since it's a lot of self funding). I may even do a Donors Choose for this.

I teach K so would love some help finding books appropriate for that age group. A bit higher reading levels is fine too for the higher readers and for read alouds.

Obviously right now the most prominent form of diverse books is books with black characters, but I would also welcome other races, cultures, etc. I'm interested in both non-fiction and fiction recommendations.

Thanks so much!


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The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) of the University of Wisconsin is an excellent resource for this type of thing. Spend some time looking around their website:
ccbc.education.wisc.edu
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FirstBook.org.

They have a lot of diverse titles and you can sort by age level. They also sort by types of diverse books as well. Best of all, the books are comparatively inexpensive.

One book I just got from there that I think it good is "Today, I Will Be Fierce."

other books they have that I've added to my collection that this age loves are
"The King Of Kindergarten"
"We Don't Eat Our Classmates"
"The Ring Bearer"
"Big Hair, Don't Care"



Also, if you find more titles than you can afford to purchase for your classroom library, your school librarian may appreciate a list of suggested books and have a budget to purchase some of them.

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I'm a reading specialist at a K-5 school with an extremely diverse population (students with 20+ different home languages including newcomer immigrants and refugees). So I'm always on the lookout for books that represent diversity.

These would be read alouds:

I am Enough - Grace Byers
I Wish You More - Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Day You Begin - Jacqueline Woodsen (and a great first day of school book!)
Separate is Never Equal - Duncan Tonatium
Hip Hop Speaks to Children (poetry and song lyrics) - Edited by Nikki Giovanni
Martin's Big Words - Doreen Rappaport (this does include reference to his assassination, so you'd have to use your judgment for the age group, but it's one of my favorite children's books)
My Hair is a Garden - Cozbi A Cabrera
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga - Traci Sopell
Only One You: Linda Kranz (this is also available in Spanish)
Lubna and Pebble - Wendy Meddour
The Name Jar - Yangsook Choi
The Color of Home - Mary Hoffman


If you have a Scholastic Book Club account, they have a tab for teachers called something like "We Need Diverse Literature" or something (I haven't been on in a few months), that always have good and affordable titles.
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I found this resource for diverse books.....

https://diversebooks.org/resources/w...diverse-books/


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Wow, thank you so much!
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