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Celebrate diversity and teach an appreciation and acceptance of multiple cultures to children of all ages.
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Online Collections about Different Cultures

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  • CultureGrams
    Provides information on the countries of the world, as well as the 50 states, including profiles of daily life and culture, lifestyles and statistics.
  • Mango Languages
    Learn over 30 different languages, including Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

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Books about Diversity

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A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World
Call Number: 305.23 LIF (Juvenile Non-Fiction)
Looks at what life is like for children of different countries and how each child can fulfill his or her hopes and ambitions no matter how little or much their human rights are infringed.

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Learning How to Appreciate Differences - Susan Kent
Call Number: 179.9 KEN (Juvenile Non-Fiction)
Discusses how to appreciate differences in people, emphasizing the importance of following your interests, deciding what you like, standing up for yourself, and appreciating others.

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How Are We the Same and Different? - Bobbie Kalman
Call Number: 305 KAL (Juvenile Non-Fiction)
Encourages discussion of diversity with younger audiences.

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I Am Different: Can You Find Me? - Manjula Padmanabhan
Call Number: 370.117 PAD (Juvenile Non-Fiction)
Each page includes a brightly colored picture puzzle image with one item differing from the others, accompanied by the question "Can you find me?" in 16 different languages.


Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity

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Spotty - Margret Rey
Having been excluded from a party because his spots make him different, Spotty the bunny runs away from home.

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The Little Bit Scary People - Emily Jenkins
Some people are a little bit strange or a little too loud, and just a little bit scary. But I bet, if you knew them, and knew their favorite things, you'd think that maybe, (probably) most people aren't so scary after all.

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Mirror - Jeannie Baker
In Sydney & Morocco, two boys and their families have a day of shopping. Readers are invited to compare illustrations in two wordless stories.

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Say Hello! - Rachel Isadora
A little girl greets people in her neighborhood in many different languages.

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Thank You World - Alice B. McGinty
Eight children from eight different countries express their thanks for many special things including the sun that colors the sky, breezes that lift kites, clouds that paint cotton pictures and send rain, and sparkling stars that "shine like Mommy's eyes."


Books about Different Cultures

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Cultures of the World (series)
Provides information on the geography, history, wildlife, governmental structure, economy, cultural diversity, peoples, religion, and culture of various countries around the world.

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Welcome to the World (series)
A brief introduction to the history, culture, geography, and people of different countries.

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Cultures Around the World (series) - Kelly Doudna
Describes different schools, religions, children and cultures around the world.

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Lands, Peoples & Cultures (series)
Presents aspects of a country's culture, including its history, art, music, beliefs, folktales, festivals, cuisine, and sports.

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