Diverse Picture Books for World Read Aloud Day

From Pragmatic Mom: Diverse Picture Books for World Read Aloud Day

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I’m excited to be Skyping all day with elementary schools across the United States for World Read Aloud Day this Wednesday, Feb 5th!

I’ll be reading early versions of SUMO JOE to show kids the editing process. I will also be book talking these diverse picture books below. Finally, I’ll wrap up by taking Q and A with the students.

Diverse Picture Books for World Read Aloud Day


Chinese New Year started January 25th and we are in the Year of the Rat. The celebration lasts about fifteen days so you are still in the zone to celebrate! I have more Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year picture book recommendations and Chinese New Year activities here and here.

The Nian monster comes every spring and terrorizes Mei’s village. She lost her father and younger in years past. Because was born in the Year of the Golden Dragon, a magical warrior tells her that she has fifteen days to defeat it and gives her his cane. With it, she chases away the Nian monster banging the cane against a cooking pot.

Five days later, the Nian monster returned. This time Mei used a piece of her red robe to tie to her magical cane and fire to chase the monster away. On the tenth night, Mei knew that she needed a plan to defeat the Nian monster. Her idea was to trick the monster using a scarecrow filled with food and the magical cane. The monster choked on the cane and the magical warrior was able to capture it. They became a magnificent stone statue in the middle of the village.

And so, this is why Chinese New Year is celebrated over fifteen days using food offerings, firecrackers, red clothes, and lanterns. [picture book, ages 4 and up]


by Julie Flett (Cree-Metis)

Katherena and her mother move cross country far from the sea. Their new neighbor, Agnes, is welcoming and Katherena visits often and is inspired to draw again. As the seasons pass and Agnes gets weaker, Katherena and her mother offer their support. Katherena shares her artwork, decorating the walls of Agnes’ bedroom. Finally, Agnes passes away. Katherena’s sadness is tempered with gratitude for knowing Agnes. [picture book, ages 5 and up]

I have other posts about death and loss here and here, as well as one on coping with the loss of pets.


by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter

Kelly Starling Lyons shares a road trip for a joyful family reunion with the grandparents down in the south. The importance of family is a theme that everyone can relate to, but so too is the celebration of their family history as people stolen from Africa, fought Jim Crow oppression, and made their dreams a reality. The grandparent’s farm grows cotton and is the embodiment of resilience, having gone full circle from enslavement to entrepreneurship. This family has not just survived but thrived. It is a reminder of the bonds of family and the strength that it gives. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Read on for the full list of Diverse Picture Books for World Read Aloud Day on Pragmatic Mom.

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