My students, kindergarten through fifth grade, come into my classroom every day excited to learn. I have students coming from various backgrounds, both culturally and economically. They all bring a uniqueness and personality to our school. We are a Title I school; over 95% of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch. With all the things going on in their life, these students really deserve to have school be a safe haven for them where learning is fun, engaging, and in an environment where they feel welcome.
My students need specially selected books that ensure they find texts that represent our culturally diverse classrooms and home environments in our school, country, and those across the globe. Multicultural literature serves as a powerful tool in enabling students to gain a better understanding of both their own culture and the cultures of others. Through this deeper knowledge, relationships can be strengthened, bridging the gap between students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Multicultural literature fosters positive self-esteem and prevents students from feeling isolated.
It has the ability to nurture respect, empathy and acceptance among students.
Multicultural literature promotes the interaction of children across differing ethnic backgrounds. Stories portraying cultural diversity can foster the belief that race is not a barrier, but rather a contribution to the beauty of our multicultural world.
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