Sunday, February 6, 2011

Global Multicultural Books for Comprehension Instruction in Kindergarten

During the next few weeks I will be posting recommended picture books and other types of text that can be used by teachers to teach comprehension.   I begin in this post with recommended global, multicultural picture books for kindergarten.

Text to Self
Argueta, Jorge. 2006. Moony Luna: Luna, Lunita, Lunera. Illustrations by Elizabeth Goméz. San Francisco: Children’s Book Press.
Bang, Molly. 1999. When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry... New York: The Blue Sky Press.
Demers, Dominique. 2006. Every Single Night. Illustrated by Nicolas Debon. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
Diakité, Pendra. 2006. I Lost My Tooth in Africa. Illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité.New York: Scholastic.
Hacking, Sue Muller. 2008. Al Bate. Illustrated by Don Tate. New York: Lee & Low.
Krishnaswami, Uma. 2006. Closet Ghosts. Illustrated by Shiraaz Bhabha.! San Francisco: Children’s Book Press.
Liu, Jae Soo. 2002. Yellow Umbrella. Music by Dong II Sheen. San Francisco, CA: Kane/Miller Book Publisher.

Text to Text (Text Sets)
I. Grandparents
Bates. Janet Costa. 2010. Seaside Dream. Illustrated by Lambert Davis. NY: Lee & Low.
Boyden, Linda. 2002. The Blue Roses. Illustrated by Amy Córdova. NY: Lee & Low.
Dorros, Arthur. 1995. Abuela. Illustrated by Elisa Kleven. New York: Puffin.
Herrera, Juan Felipe. 2002. Grandma and Me at the Flea/Los Meros Meros Remateros. Illustrated by Anita DeLucio-Brock. San Francisco: Children’s Book Press.
Krishnaswami, Uma. 2003. Chachaji’s Cup. Illustrated by Soumya Sitaraman. San Francisco: Children’s Book Press.
Johnson, Angela. 1990. When I am Old With You. Illustrated by David Soman. New York: Orchard Paperbacks.
Johnson, Dinah.2000. Quinnie Blue. Illustrated by James Ransome.NY: Holt.

II. Snow
Fleming, Denise. 2005. The First Day of Winter. New York: Henry Holt.
Gammell, Stephen. 2000. Winter, Is That You? San Diego, CA: Voyager Books.
Keats, Ezra Jack. 1976. The Snowy Day. New York: Puffin.
Stojic, Manya. 2002. Snow. New York: Crow Books for young Readers.
Yee, Wong Herbert. 2003. Tracks in the Snow. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Text to World
Collier, Bryan. 2000. Uptown. NY: Henry Holt.
hooks, bell. 2004. Skin Again. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.
Rappaport, Doreen. 2001. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King.  Illustrated by Bryan Collier. NY: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children.
Shore, Diane Z. & Jessica Alexander. 2006. This Is the Dream. Illustrated by James Ransome. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

Creating Mental Images
Alarcón, Francisco X. 2005. Poems to Dream Together/Poemas Para Soñar Juntos. Illustrated by Paula Barragán. New York: Lee & Low Books.
Bond, Rebecca. 2004. This Place in the Snow. New York: Dutton Children’s Books.
Bryan, Ashley. 1992. Sing to the Sun. NY: HarperTrophy.
Chen, Chin-Yuan. 2003. On My Way To Buy Eggs. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller Book Publishers.
Katz, Karen. 1999. The Color of Us. New York: Henry Holt.
Lyons, George Ella. 1989. Together. Illustrated by Vera Rosenberry. New York: Orchard Books.
Ray, Mary Lyn. 2001. Mud. Illustrated by Lauren Stringer. San Diego, CA: Voyager.


Asking Questions
Harjo, Joy (Muscogee). 2000. The Good Luck Cat. Illustrated by Paul Lee. San Diego: Harcourt.
High, Linda Oatman. 2001. Under New York. Illustrated by Robert Rayevsky. New York: Holiday House.
Johnston, Tony. 2000. The Barn Owls. Illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Publishers.
Keeler, Patricia A. and Júlio T. Leitão. 2006. Drumbeat in Our Feet. Illustrated by Patricia A. Keeler. New York: Lee & Low Books.
Winer, Yvonne. 2001. Birds Build Nests. Illustrated by Tony Oliver. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
Winter, Jeanette. 2006. MAMA: A True Story in which a Baby Hippo Loses His Mama During a Tsunami, but Finds a New Home, and a New Mother. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, Inc.
Zolotow, Charlotte. 2002. If You Listen. Illustrated by Stefano Vitale. CT: Running Press Kids.

Drawing Inferences
Cheng, Andrea. 2003. Grandfather Counts. Illustrated by Ange Zhang. New York: Lee & Low.
Laínez, René Colato. 2010. From North to South. Illustrated by Joe Cepeda. San Francisco: Children's Book Press.
Moroney, Lynn and Te Ata.  2004/1989.  Baby Rattlesnake.  Illustrated by Mira Reisberg.  San Francisco: Children’s Book Press.
Page, Robin. 2003. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
Stock, Catherine. 1993. Where Are You Going, Manyoni? New York: Harper Collins.
Van Leeuwen, Jean. 2003. The Amazing Air Balloon. Illustrated by Marco Ventura. New York: Dial.

Determining Importance
\Brandenberg, Alexa. 1997. Chop, Simmer, Season. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace & Company.
Brenner, Barbara. 2004. One Small Place in a Tree. New York: Harper Collins.
Collard, III., Sneed, B. 2000. Animal Dads. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Orlando, FL: Houghton Mifflin.
Davies, Nicola. 2001. Bat Loves the Night. Illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.
deGuibert, Francoise. 2006. Sing, Nightingale Sing! A Book and CD for Discovery of the Birds of the World. Illustrated by Chiaki Miyamoto. Music by Daniel Goyone. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller.
Jenkins, Steve & Robin Page. 2001. Animals in Flight. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. Karas, G. Brian. 2002. Atlantic. New York: G. Putnam’s Sons.
Levenson, George. 1999. Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden. Photographs by Shmuel Thaler. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press.
Macmillan, Bruce. 1995. Night of the Puffins. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Richards, Jean. 2006. A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds. Illustrated by Anca  Harrington. First Avenue Editions.
Sturges, Philemon. 1998. Bridges Are To Cross. Illustrated by Giles Laroche. New York: Penguin Putnam.
Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth. 2006. Look! Look! Look! Illustrated by Linda K. Friedlaender. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books.

Andrews, Jan. 2003. Very Last First Time. Illustrated by Ian Wallce. Tornoto: Groundwood Books.
Cohn, Diana. 2002. Dream Carver. Illustrated by Amy Córdova. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
Crews, Donald. 1993. Shortcut. New York: Mulberry Books.
Marín, Guadalupe Rivera. 2010. My Papa Diego and Me. Art work by Diego Rivera. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press.
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. 1998. Snowflake Bentley. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
Park, Frances and Park, Ginger. 2005. The Have A Good Day Café. Illustrated by Katherine Potter. New York: Lee & Low Books.
Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie. 2002. Elizabeti’s School. Illustrated by Christy Hale. New York: Lee & Low Books.

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