What’s better than curling up in your reading nook and opening up a big, beautiful book with your child? We say, nothing! So today, let’s all take a moment to put aside our busy schedules and go-go-go lifestyles and read a book with the young ones in our lives in celebration of Children’s Book Day.
To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of our 6 favorite children’s books (in no particular order, of course!), so don’t be shy, go ahead, get your read on!
Check out some of our favorite diverse books to celebrate this holiday:
1. Brining the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
With it’s melodic rhythm and colorful illustrations, this is sure to become a favorite in your child’s reading line-up. It follows the story of Kai Pat, a herdsman in East Africa, as he uses his creativity and ingenuity to help the long-awaited rains come. A great introduction to East Africa that we can almost guarantee will have your children repeating the refrain again and again!
2. Abuela, by Arthur Dorros
With intricate illustrations showcasing the vibrancy of Manhattan, your child will certainly wish they could take a flying tour of the city with the main character, Rosalba and her grandmother, Abuela. Written in English but featuring Spanish phrases, this is a great book to showcase multiculturalism in the United States, and also one that will get your child’s imagination soaring!
3. Hush! A Thai Lullaby, by Minfong Ho
Even though it’s a lullaby, your kids will enjoy reading this book any time of day. Set in Thailand and using a whispering melody, this book features a mother asking the animals around her, including a water buffalo, lizard, and monkey, to “hush” since her baby is sleeping. Weaving in phrases in Thai, this lullaby is sure to mesmerize children with its softness and inviting illustrations.
4. This Next New Year, by Janet S. Wong
A truly multicultural book that features a Chinese-Korean-American main character explaining the differences between Chinese New Year and the New Year’s celebrations that happen on January 1. Well placed illustrations set the scene and provide context clues for some of the ways Chinese New Year is celebrated. This book is a true win, and also features an author’s note at the end that explains more specific details about this important holiday.
5. The Ghanaian Goldilocks, by Dr. Tamara Pizzoli
There’s more than one way to read a book, and sometimes that’s to listen! The Ghanaian Goldilocks is offered in traditional print format, but also has an amazing video version you can find here. This book helps introduce kids to the West African country of Ghana, and keeps them entertained with some twists on the classic goldilocks tale. Overall, a great read!
6. The Legend of the Bluebonnet, by Tomie dePaola
One of our favorite books growing up, this story features the courageous actions of the main character, She-Who-Is-Alone, as she sacrifices her most beloved possession to the Great Spirits in search for rain. Introducing children to Native American culture, this story also helps kids to understand the ways they can positively change their surroundings through small, but meaningful actions. This book also features an author’s note that talks about the bluebonnet flower and more detailed information about the Comanche People.