My students need picture books that expose them to diverse stories, diverse individuals, and diverse themes. These book titles support the "Classroom book a day" challenge and offer students an opportunity to discuss life, identity, emotions, & history collectively.
I have the privilege of teaching and learning from a diverse group of students in the northern part of Seattle. My students are dedicated learners, who practice empathy and compassion daily and persevere through many challenges. The families of my school represent a wide variety of languages, cultures and socioeconomic status.
Regardless of home circumstances each of my students values their education experience and strives to learn more each day.
Reading and learning that reflects who they are as individuals will help them grow into the next generation that will make positive changes for themselves and others around them.
The "Classroom book a day" read alouds will provide many benefits to each and every one of my students on a daily basis. Literature allows us to open our minds to the past, present, and future and discuss themes that impact our students' everyday lives. These books will build community as we listen and discuss the themes of each book together. Collectively listening to the stories one by one will expose students to diverse experiences and identities that are similar or different to their own. Every title will allow for a rich discussion of story elements, themes and life lessons we can take away as we read.
These opportunities to discuss complete and complex texts together is a natural invitation for students to practice critical thinking &reading skills, to practice conversation skills that require text-based evidence and an opportunity to listen to others ideas and thinking.
Each title covers themes such as identity, diversity, emotional identification and regulation, confidence, perseverance, stereotypes, diverse family constructs, resiliency, creativity, empathy, examples of strong diverse professionals that are examples to our children and so much more. These books will create a joy for reading, an opportunity to challenge the status quo, expose students to people and experiences similar to their own and finally take time each day to enjoy together the love of reading a beautiful picture book!
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