More Picture Books

Great for Kindergarten through 2nd grade

Important book to Native Peoples because the author is Native, it addresses sovereignty, is tribally specific & depects Native people in present day. Astronaut, John Herrington, Chickasaw enrolled, tells about his life.
Nonfiction: Emergent Reader Strategies Perspective: Chickasaw heritage
Shows the ways people organize to bring attention to injustice.
Nonfiction Narrative: limited words, Emergent Reader StrategiesPerspective: Black American
Explore diversity the diversity that exists in families, including gender diversity.
Fiction: Story Structure, Problem & Solution, Emergent Reader StrategiesPerspective: LGBTQIA+

Captures the world of Islam, celebrating its beauty and traditions. Can lead to thoughtful discussion about how beliefs are connected to identity.
Fiction: Connecting concepts, Main idea and details, poetry elementsPerspective: Muslim

Describes passing on cultural recipes to the younger generation. Talking about family foods can lead to joyful classroom discussions about diversity.
Nonfiction: Cause & Effect, Descriptive LanguagePerspective: Filipino

Inspires children to act when they see injustice.
Wordless picture book: Emergent Reader Strategies, Problem Solution, Sequencing, ThemePerspective: Diversity

Written in English & Cree, great for humanizing environmental studies
Fiction: Story ElementsPerspective: Cree
Great for Identity Standard 3: Students will recognize that people’s multiple identities interact and create unique and complex individuals
Fiction: Categorizing, Key ideas, Poetry elements, Emergent Reader StrategiesPerspective: Diversity

Great for 3rd Grade and beyond

Short version of Indigenous history showing how despite greed, destruction of land, and oppression, The People maintained their beliefs, language and culture and persisted.
Nonfiction: Traditional Oral Storytelling, Summarize, Categorize, Key DetailsPerspective: Native/Ingenious peoples of North America

Lyrical, song-like description of a Hawaiian family preparing a traditional meal.
Fiction: Sequence, Figurative LanguagePerspective: Hawaiian
Insights into Malcolm X's childhood and the character strengths he developed in his fight for justice.
Nonfiction Narrative: Determine Importance, Character AnalysisPerspective: Black American

Tribute to the educators who risked their jobs to participate in the 1965 Selma March and the impact of their participation. Use this text to understand that teaching has always been political (and not partisan).
Nonfiction Narrative: Key Details, SummarizePerspective: Black American
Lyrically written, showing beautifully diverse families. Can lead to discussions about love as an action. Also an excellent read when a tragic event takes place within a school community.
Fiction: Figurative Language, Connecting ConceptsPerspective: Diversity

Historical case of the Mendez family fighting to desegregate California schools and the importance of advocating for anti-racist policies and practices.
Nonfiction: Summarize, Connecting ideas, Compare & ContrastPerspective: Mexican American

Scientist, Dr. Temple Grandin, describes sensory challenges growing up with autism. Can lead to thoughtful discussions about building relationships with others.
Nonfiction Narrative: Rhythm & Rhyme Perspective: Living w/ Autism

Eight year old Water Protector reflects on his experience at Standing Rock. Humanizes environmental science content.
Nonfiction: Summarizing, Main Idea & DetailsPerspective: Indigenous, Lipan Apache Tribe
Inspire students to create action plans for celebrating Juneteenth by reading about the history. Develop critical consciousness by asking why this is not a National Holiday.
Nonfiction Narrative: Emergent Reader Strategies, SummarizingPerspective: Black American

Reads like a textbook, teaches the vast amount of environmental knowledge Indigenous people know about this region.
Nonfiction: main idea & details, summarizing, key ideas, text featuresPerspective: PNW Native American

This English and Spanish book of poems celebrates all the cultural ways we interact with words: reading, speaking, writing, singing, & storytelling.
Poetry: Figurative LanguagePerspective: Mexican, American

Encourages us to think about the impact of our choices, however innocent they may be.
Fiction: Analyzing Characters, Cause & Effect, SequencingPerspective: Korean
Introduces kids to the disabilities rights movement.
Fiction: Story Structure, Cause & Effect, nurturing a love of myth, legends and stories.Perspective: People with disabilities
Humanizes Native Americans and their lives today. It's important to tell stories about Native People that are not just about colonization and war but as part of society, preserving their language, culture and traditions.
Fiction: Theme, Story Structure, Descriptive Language Perspective: Indigenous, Muscogee (Creek)

Analyze the character strengths and methods of resistance shown in 13 short stories about Women who have changed history.
Nonfiction: Summarizing, Compare & Contrast, Problem SolutionPerspective: Diversity

This is a wonderful way to introduce poetry and intergenerational wisdom. This book also helps children use art to connect to the world around us and to the world within us.
Fiction: Poetry, Story Structure, Perspective: Japanese