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Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey (Arabic and English Edition): Margriet Ruurs
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Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey (Arabic and English Edition): Margriet Ruurs

This story focuses on a refugee families struggles through the journey of relocation. If anything this book empowers the readers to show compassion and have some understanding of what these families are going through.

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Colour of Home: Mary Hoffman
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Colour of Home: Mary Hoffman

I'm always looking for powerful literature that address social justice issues. Children need a variety of literature to mirror their realities--and if it doesn't mirror their reality, then at the least be exposed to literature that mirrors the reality of people within their community.

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I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness: Susan Verde
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I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness: Susan Verde

I LOVE this book. I can't wait to incorporate this into my social skills lessons. I often teach my student's strategies on how to control their anger and be present. I love how this book provides almost a step by step visual for kids to practice with.

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We're All Wonders: R. J. Palacio
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We're All Wonders: R. J. Palacio

I have heard amazing things about the book Wonder, which is why this story peaked my interest. This story follows a boy Auggie who simply wants acceptance. As a teacher for students who are often left out or seen as different, I love the message of this story.

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Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy: Bob Sornson Ph.D
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Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy: Bob Sornson Ph.D

This is such a hard topic for students to understand the importance. Many times kids are just plain mean, but do not understand the impact a simple comment or gesture can do. Through teaching about empathy, it is my hope my students build understanding and appreciation of other's uniqueness.

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Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy: Maria Dismondy
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Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy: Maria Dismondy

This story follows a boy during his first days of school in America. He knows very little English. Working at Goldsmith this scenario is seen all the time. Although my own students may not have gone through such a struggle, the awareness this story brings is worth the read.

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Same, Same But Different: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
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Same, Same But Different: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

. Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India through writing back and forth with each other, the two find out they have much more in common then they thought. I would like to read this during a unit on different countries. Students could create presentations on a different country comparing and contrasting America with said country.

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The Sandwich Swap: Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah
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The Sandwich Swap: Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah

The story of two friends that must put aside their differences. I would introduce this during a unit on acceptance.

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A Shelter in Our Car: Monica Gunning
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A Shelter in Our Car: Monica Gunning

Although not all my students are homeless, I do have a few that are. They come to school with such a positive and loving attitude and it humbles me when I see this. I decided to incorporate this book because of its light on America's homeless population.

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Last Stop on Market Street: Matt de la Peña
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Last Stop on Market Street: Matt de la Peña

I enjoyed this book because of the choice of the main character. I can see many of my students relating to CJ. This text brings CJ and his grandma through different neighborhoods of town that CJ takes notice too.

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I Like Myself!: Karen Beaumont
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I Like Myself!: Karen Beaumont

This book is illustrated by my favorite illustrator, who does a fabulous job providing diversity in this book about confidence and self-esteem.

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Journey: Aaron Becker
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Journey: Aaron Becker

I love the idea of student projects focused on wordless picture books. I chose this text for the imagery and suspense it leaves the reader. I can see the potential of wordless picture book discussions in my classroom. This activity fosters predicting and creative thinking, while carrying on conversation among peers.

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Families, Families, Families!: Suzanne Lang
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Families, Families, Families!: Suzanne Lang

I absolutely love this book on acceptance and the different dynamics of families. This text brings awareness, but more importantly allows students who come from non-traditional families to feel accepted into my classroom.

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At the Same Moment, Around the World: Clotilde Perrin
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At the Same Moment, Around the World: Clotilde Perrin

This beautifully illustrated book about time zones provides opportunities for students to discover the world outside of what they see.

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Escargot: Dashka Slater
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Escargot: Dashka Slater

I see the potential for this to become one of my student's favorite stories. They love when characters become alive and reach out to the reader. While reading about the hilarious adventure of our friend, Escagot, students will be introduced to French culture. I would love to incorporate this into a unit on the different types of food seen around the world.

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Cinderella: Chloe Perkins
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Cinderella: Chloe Perkins

One of my favorite fairy tales, Cinderella, continues the unit theme of fairy tales. I love how this author has taken classics and created place a multicultural light. In this particular book, students will experience a vibrant Mexican spin.

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Snow White : Chloe Perkins
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Snow White : Chloe Perkins

This story continues my unit of classic fairy tales, but places a Japanese spin on the story of Snow White. This is an effective way to teach story classics in a culturally responsive way.

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Creatrilogy Box Set (Dot, Ish, Sky Color): Peter H. Reynolds:
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Creatrilogy Box Set (Dot, Ish, Sky Color): Peter H. Reynolds:

I could not stay away from texts that spur student creativity. I chose this text because of the use of diverse characters and the sense that we all have a spark of creativity inside us all.

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The Princess and the Pea : Chloe Perkins,
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The Princess and the Pea : Chloe Perkins,

The classic story of “The Princess and the Pea” gets a fresh Russian twist. I could see this being apart of a great unit on fairy tales. In this curation I will be including many classic fairy tales presented in a new cultural light. This is an effective way to teach story classics in a culturally responsive way.

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The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk:  Kabir Sehgal, Surishtha Sehgal
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The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk: Kabir Sehgal, Surishtha Sehgal

I love this version of Wheels on the Bus, this brings a cultural twist on the song many American students know so well. I could see this as a great way for my students from Southeast Asia to become experts about the different Hindi beliefs and customs introduced throughout the book.
(The video that goes along with this book is viewing worthy for sure!)

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The Name Jar : Yangsook Choi
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The Name Jar : Yangsook Choi

Creating a classroom community that is built on respect for others is one of the most essential components of my classroom. This book provides an expectation for why we respect other student's names, no matter how different. This text provides a sense of important for names in general as well.

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