Excitement....anticipation...joy. These are the feelings that flow through me when I scan my bookshelves deciding which book to read next. I'm instilling that same love of reading to my 8-month-old daughter, Charlotte, as her library is growing everyday. We read a variety of topics, but I try to incorporate titles that include diverse characters, settings, and cultures.
Here's what's on our bookshelf. What's on yours?
1. The Business of Beans by Lisa Mulka and Elisa Schmidt
I would be remiss if I didn't read my own children's book to my daughter! So first up on our list is learning all about Tanzania as we follow Juma as he starts and grows his own business. Themes of financial literacy and entrepreneurship make this book relevant to a wide age range.
2. Chirchir is Singing by Kelly Cunnane and Jude Daly
Set in the rolling hills of rural Kenya, this book is a wise and lyrical story about belonging. If you're interested in reading more books set in Kenya, be sure to check out Kelly Cunnane's other title For You Are a Kenyan Child.
3. This is Me by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
The premise of this book is fantastic and full of opportunity for discussion. Imagine you were leaving for a new country, and could bring along only what would fit in a small suitcase. Which things would you choose to say to the world, 'Hi there, this is me!'
4. Frida by Patty Rodriquez and Ariana Stein
Inspired by one of Mexico's most iconic painters, Frida Kahlo, this books introduces little ones to numbers and their first English and Spanish words
5. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan and Mehrdokht Amini
This book captures the world of Islam in beautiful illustrations and informative text. It can inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures.
We would love to hear what you're reading! Leave a comment below and tell us what is on your must read list with your kiddos.