Our theme for this #DiverseKidLit is Global Books. Please share your favourite diverse books that take place in countries other than your own. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome).
Being Canadian, this topic is just a bit too easy, considering most of the books we read are set in a country other than our own, namely the good old USA. In fact, finding stories that are actually set in Canada can be even more of a challenge than finding books set overseas. Still, I’m going to look a bit further afield this time around, and share some fantastic picture books set in India.
It’s been a long, hot, dry summer in northern India, and everyone is watching and waiting with breathless anticipation. Follow along with a little girl as she awaits the return of the monsoon rains.
This imaginative spin on a beloved children’s song replaces the traditional bus with the lively tuk-tuk, a three-wheeled Indian taxi. Come along on a rollicking ride through a bustling neighborhood filled with a busy cast of colourful characters!
A young boy and his Dadaji (grandfather) spend a happy afternoon dancing in the rain, picking mangos, swinging in the banyan tree, and celebrating the return of the monsoon in this loving inter-generational story.
A little girl can’t wait to wear a beautiful, richly coloured, embroidered sari, just like her mother. When her seventh birthday finally comes, her mother helps her dress in a beautiful sari just like a grown-up, even if just for a day.
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Our theme for the current month is global books. Themes are a suggestion only; all diverse book posts are welcome. If you’re interested, you can start planning now …
- Our theme for June (3rd) will be books featuring multi-ethnic families and/or biracial main characters. Sometimes a focus on diversity can feel like forcing people into boxes. Let’s celebrate the diversity that can be found within a single person or household!
- Our theme for July (1st) will be series. Series books are great for hooking readers, because there’s another book after you finish the first one! Share your favorite book series featuring diverse characters?
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