recommended books

Scroll down for some of our favorite books, in no particular order.  Eventually I’ll categorize them but for now I’d like to just start collecting.  Note: any Amazon links are no longer active but we haven’t had time to update them. 

There are plenty more we haven’t added yet, but we are always looking for more.  Share your favorites by contacting via this Google form here, or direct email! [culturescapsules @ gmail].

Also, in the meantime, also check out these specific lists:

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match / Marisol McDonald no Combina
By Monique Brown
Illustrated by Sara Palacios
A lovely bi-lingual book (Eng & Span), in all respects:  wonderful illustrations, and the story and sentiment is spot on. I cried on the first read, as did parent friends in non-mixed families.

Whoever You Are
By Mem Fox
Illustrated by Leslie Staub
A fundamental truth put into a fun illustrated book: underneath it all we all human, bleed red and have many of the same wants, needs and values.

We Came to America
By Faith Ringgold
We are all Americans! From many places, for many reasons, bringing many uniquenesses, all of which come together to make America what it is.

Same, Same but Different
By Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Through two young penpals, this fun book compares the similarities and differences of the lives of a young boy in rural India to a young boy in urban USA.

We’re Different, We’re the Same
By Bobbi Jane Kates
Illustrated by Joe Mathieu
Using our favorite Sesame monsters and friends, this book points out via rhyme, the wide variety in how features may look, though they all function the same.

Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World
Written by Selby B. Beeler
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Such a cool concept to take one human happening and compare related traditions from around the world. Love!

What Do You Believe?
Published by DK Publishing
I personally love to geek out over this sort of book, but it’s also a great resource when we want discuss holidays or traditions we see around us. We first took it out from the library and have since bought a copy.



Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table
Written & Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Love this one for the depictions of a diverse family, a tradition and the reminder to count blessings together. Fantastic illustration and fun rhyming story.

Mango, Abuela, and Me
By Meg Medina
Illustrated by Angela Dominguez
This one hits close to home for us, where grandma & grand-daughter bond over teaching each other their languages.

Atlas of Adventures (A Collection of Natural Wonders, Exciting Experiences and Fun Festivities From the Four Corners of the Globe
Illustrated by Lucy Letherland
Written by Rachel Williams
The picture book version of a world travel bucket list!  Fun to flip through with the kiddos to dream of far away adventures, or inspire learning about or even trying out far off traditions right at home.

Illustrated by L’atelier Cartographik
A particular fav of my 4 year old son.  He brought it into school, proud to show everyone places he’s been or knows of, and how they say hello.  Little fingers love the lift-the-flaps, and adults know that learning “Hello” in other languages is just the beginning…

A Year of Stories: 52 Folktales and Legends From Around the World
Written by Angela McAllister
Illustrated by Christopher Corr
I’d been following Christopher Corr‘s brilliant art via Instagram for a while, but hadn’t realized he illustrated books until we received this last Christmas!  Fun collection of stories from around the globe with fantastic illustrations.

Bindi Baby: Colors (Telugu)
By Gnaana
Another beautiful (and much needed) Telugu book to add to our collection.  Unlike those that came before it, it also helps learn structure along with cementing words. (e.g. “What color? Yellow color! Yellow sun.” …but in Telugu script and English phonetics).  One of the go-to gifts for expecting cousins! [also available in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Punjabi & Tamil.]



Bindi Baby: Animals (Telugu)
By Gnaana
Along with it’s sister “Numbers,” it was the very first Telugu language book we came across (and after SO much searching, and even creating our own for learning and as gifts).  Beautiful and simple, and a great way to learn/teach language. One of the go-to gifts! [also available in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Punjabi & Tamil.]
 

“Bindi Baby: Numbers (Telugu)
By Gnaana
Along with it’s sister “Animals,” it was the very first Telugu language book we came across (and after SO much searching, and even creating our own for learning and as gifts).  Beautiful and simple, and a great way to learn/teach language. One of the go-to gifts! [also available in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Punjabi & Tamil.].

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