By Kelli Drummer-Avendano
Make history and social studies come alive for kids with the help of these two incredible picture book kits. Young readers will be immersed in the Spanish language while discovering various multicultural holidays and getting to know some of the most notable personalities in our nation’s history.
In Doreen Rappaport’s biographical picture book series, Palabras de grandes, she makes use of quotes from her famous subjects to illustrate their lives and impactful work. The Spanish-language series introduces young readers to Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Wilma Mankiller, and Frederick Douglass.
These award-winning books are perfect for the classroom or school library, providing students with timelines, resources, and primary-source quotes. Students get a chance to do effective and authentic research while taking advantage of the user-friendly picture book format. Titles in this series include: Las poderosas palabras de Martin, Wilma regresa a casa, Eleanor ya no se calla, Las honestas palabras de Abraham, and El viaje de Frederick.
Now it’s time to celebrate our diversity with the series Cuentos para celebrar. While becoming familiar with both expository and narrative text, students learn more about important multicultural holidays we celebrate. Each picture book highlights a special celebration and invites young readers to enjoy the festivities alongside a family, a classroom, or even children like them.
Students will feel encouraged to respect and appreciate different cultures and to truly celebrate diversity. As educators know, representation matters and these books reflect the multicultural fabric students experience in their classroom and community. Some titles included in this wonderfully crafted series include: Celebra el Día de Martin Luther King, Jr. con la clase de Sra. Park; Celebra el Año Nuevo Chino con la Familia Fong; Celebra un powwow con Sandy Starbright; Celebra Kwanzaa con Botitas y sus gatitos; and Celebra Halloween y el Día de Muertos con Cristina y su conejito azul.