I love using quality books that provide an informative perspective. Books with the power to engage and explain through illustrations and stories help my family look at the world with a bigger lens.
Books with a multicultural perspective cultivate empathy and appreciation of people in different cultures and lifestyles. These skills are essential in the development of future citizens with compassion and tolerance. I strive to include books with multicultural themes in our homeschool to help my boys learn more about the world around them and to think outside themselves.
I am thrilled to share the books that my family received to enjoy and review as participants in Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Our second year of participation, my boys and I jumped at the chance to take part in this learning fun event.
Last year, we reviewed two lovely books about life in Jamaica. Our family discovered interesting facts as we studied this county and read these children’s books
For 2017, we were the joyful recipients of two amazing history kids books published by Wisdom Tales. These books are written from a Native American perspective. Both books contain viewpoints with an alternative account to what is traditionally taught in United States history textbooks.
History Kids Books with a Native American Perspective
These history kids books were excellent additions to our homeschool shelves. While all of my boys enjoy homeschool history, Professor is our history buff. He was over the moon when we opened our package from Wisdom Tales and found these treasures.
Indian Boyhood: The True Story of a Sioux Upbringing is an adaptation of Charles Eastman’s (Ohiyesa) tale of his Native American childhood. Michael Oren Fitzgerald adapts this classic (originally published in 1902) in American Literature about Native America. Gorgeous illustrations by Heidi M. Rasch provide an engaging visual to help you feel more connected to the story.
This book is recommended for ages 4 and up. All of my boys (2, 5, 7, 11, 14) enjoyed listening to this story of a young Native American boy’s birth and childhood with the Dakota Sioux. Eastman, who became a medical doctor and co-founder of Boy Scouts of America, shares his memories of Native American culture.
My boys were fascinated with hearing how Native American boys had the freedom to play, hunt, and train to be men. Skills like nature study and being a good listener and storyteller (narration) were reinforced in the description of daily life for a young Native American. Perseverance and respect for nature were a few of the highlighted character traits.
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Custer’s Last Battle: Red Hawk’s Account of the Battle of Little Bighorn, written by Paul Goble, provides an account of the Battle of Little Bighorn from a Native American perspective. This piece of historical fiction is based on accounts from the actual survivors of the battle-Native Americans. The author also illustrated the book with “ledger-book art”, a description of early Native American drawings (more information is provided in the Author’s Introduction of this book). Helpful information about the background and main players of the battle help the reader gain a better understanding of what took place from a Native American perspective.
Additional Activities & Resources for these History Kids Books
Wisdom Tales has a page of Free Resources on American Indians that contains links to free resources for further study. You will find books, videos, pictures, and more to help your family learn more about Native American culture.
My boys and I extended the learning fun with two activities based on these history kids books. Both crafts use common household materials and are simple to complete.
For a hands-on activity, we made salt dough pinch pots to replicate the buffalo-skin boats used to carry the Sioux across the Missouri River in Indian Boyhood. To make your own salt dough, mix and knead these ingredients for five minutes prior to creating your pinch pots:
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup lukewarm water
To help my younger boys practice their scissor skills, we made feathers for Indian headbands. You will need construction paper, pencil, and scissors to complete this simple yet fun activity.
Here is more information about this exciting event and how you can participate. Remember to check out those awesome free resources!
Multicultural Childrens Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of childrens books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Childrens Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team is on a mission to change all of that.
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books
Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Delores Connors, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O’Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang
Wed like to also give a shout-out to MCBDs impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
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How do you include multicultural books & resources in your learning fun?