Diverse Kids Lit – Global Picture Books

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.

Monsoon

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.

The Wheels on the Tuk-Tuk

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!

Monsoon Afternoon

monsoon

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.

Mama’s Saris

saris

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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Upcoming Theme

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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11 Comments

  • Reply robbiesinspiration

    This is such a great idea, Jane. I look forward to seeing what books you feature for Africa.

    May 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Patricia Tilton

    Thank you for some new books on India. Have read/reviewed The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk and gave a copy to my 2-year-old niece. I don’t know who liked it the most, my niece or her dad.

    May 20, 2017 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Rebekah Gienapp

    Mama’s Saris looks particularly lovely!

    May 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply The Logonauts (@thelogonauts)

    I was curious where you would take this theme … 😉 What a shame that it’s hard to find quality Canadian books, hmm. Thanks for sharing these India books! My third graders loved Monsoon Afternoon (and Kashmira Sheth’s other books) as well as Mama’s Sari. #diversekidlit

    May 20, 2017 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply Laura Taylor

    I’m looking forward to exploring the books you have recommended. I haven’t yet reached India on my picture book adventure, but it’s only a matter of time!

    May 22, 2017 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Colours of Us

    Monsoon is such a gorgeous book! Thanks for sharing this list on #diversekidlit.

    May 22, 2017 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply julieyeros

    Thank you for these great book suggestions. It’s too bad there aren’t more picture books with Canada as the setting!

    May 23, 2017 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Need Summer Reading Ideas for kids? Check out the #DiverseKidLit Linky! - Franticmommy

    […] most-clicked post from the previous #diversekidlit was Raincity Librarian’s #diversekidlit and roundup of great picture books about India. Learn about the monsoon, traditional transportation, saris, and […]

    June 3, 2017 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Raincity Librarian - Diverse Kids Lit – June 2017

    […] most-clicked post from the previous #diversekidlit was Raincity Librarian’s #diversekidlit and roundup of great picture books about India. Learn about the monsoon, traditional transportation, saris, and […]

    June 3, 2017 at 4:35 pm
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    […] most-clicked post from the previous #diversekidlit was Raincity Librarian’s #diversekidlit and roundup of great picture books about India. Learn about the monsoon, traditional transportation, saris, and […]

    June 3, 2017 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Multiethnic Families/Biracial Characters #DiverseKidLit

    […] most-clicked post from the previous #diversekidlit was Raincity Librarian’s #diversekidlit and roundup of great picture books about India. Learn about the monsoon, traditional transportation, saris, and […]

    June 5, 2017 at 12:33 am
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