Thematic Reading List: Fall 2018 Celebrating Multiculturalism & Our World


Our celebration of our diverse world includes books that take a peek at places around the globe and also books that show multicultural characters displaying bravery. Suggested age range and month of publication is included with each entry. Be sure to use the links provided to find similar books to those shown.

51R-Rx2tfUL._SY373_BO1,204,203,200_ Outside My Window
By: Linda Ashman
Illustrated by: Jamey Christoph

Kids around the globe see different things when gazing out their windows, in this celebration of diversity. Ages 4–8. (September)

615WUOSfRSL My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder 
By: Nie Jun

Four short stories set in a hutong, or residential alleyway, of Beijing, China. Yu’er, her grandfather, and their eccentric neighbors experience the magic of everyday life. Ages 7–11. (September)

51IvHpqWLHL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_ The Crossroads 
By: Alexandra Diaz

In this sequel to the book The Only Road, Jaime, twelve, and Angela, fifteen, discover what it means to be living as undocumented immigrants in the United States, while news from home gets increasingly worse.  Ages 8–12. (September)

51B7HMpMRiL._SX440_BO1,204,203,200_ We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga 
By: Traci Sorell
Illustrated by: Frané Lessac

The word otsaliheliga is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah. Ages 3–7. (September)

61+zp2U08kL._SY396_BO1,204,203,200_ First Snow 
By: Nancy Viau 
Illustrated by: Talitha Shipman

Diverse neighborhood children don their winter gear and head into the icy air to build snowmen and igloos, race sleds, and throw snowballs before returning to the warmth of their homes. Ages 3–5. (September)

510q7MCHMnL The War Outside 
By: Monica Hesse

Teens Haruko, a Japanese American, and Margot, a German American, form a life-changing friendship as everything around them starts falling apart in the Crystal City family internment camp they are forced to live in during World War II. Ages 12-up. (September)

51R1DMkP7rL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_ All the Stars Denied 
By: Guadalupe García McCall

When resentment surges during the Great Depression in a Texas border town, Estrella, fifteen, organizes a protest against the treatment of tejanos and soon finds herself with her mother and baby brother in Mexico. This book explores the first U.S. mass deportation of hundreds of thousands of Mexican-Americans citizens. Ages 12-up. (September)

61zyLAqDblL Analee, in Real Life 
By: Janelle Milanes

Cuban-American Analee Echevarria only feels confident playing her favorite online game, but with a potential real-world romance and her father’s remarriage looming, she begins to rediscover herself. This title also deals with social anxiety. Ages 12-up. (September)

61CVvgPwTCL._SX343_BO1,204,203,200_ Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows 
By: Ryan Calejo

Steeped in Hispanic folklore since childhood, middle schooler Charlie Hernandez learns the stories are true when, shortly after his parents’ disappearance, he grows horns and feathers and finds himself at the heart of a battle to save the world. Ages 10–14. (October)

61S3RdpWPLL._SX365_BO1,204,203,200_ Everything & Everywhere: A Fact-Filled Adventure for Curious Globe-Trotters 
By: Marc Martin

From Hong Kong to Reykjavík, Ulaanbaatar to New York City, enjoy a lush and unexpected journey around the world to discover what makes each place unique. Ages 8–12. (October)

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