By Katherine Locke
This issue of the PULSE will focus on multicultural children’s picture books. These may be great books to keep in your waiting rooms, on your list of recommended children’s books for parents, or recommend to children struggling to read at grade level. Each accessible language, and displays a wide variety of lives and cultures.
Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley is a picture book about a little girl who lives in a vibrant, diverse neighborhood. As she’s looking for where her little brother is playing as it’s now dinner time, the little girl meets all of her neighbors and sees all of the different dishes they’re cooking for dinner. All of the dishes, as you may have guessed from the title, include rice. As well as being richly illustrated, this book has positive nutritional messages for readers!
Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Farqui is a beautifully illustrated picture book about a girl who has recently emigrated to the United States. She’s excited for Ramadan, but worried her new classmates won’t understand her holiday and her traditions. She teaches her new classmates about her traditions with the help of positive, mentoring adults.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña is the winner of the 2016 Newberry, the 2016 Caldecott, and the 2016 Coretta Scott King Awards and it deserves every one of them. With these bright, lively illustrations, and familiar scenes, the story follows a little boy riding the bus with his grandmother across the city. He’s feeling down about the things he doesn’t have in his life, but his grandmother points out everything that they do have.
April 6-9, 2017
Hyatt Regency Louisville