Diversity Through Books

July 11, 2017 | Hamid

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The great thing about Canada is its reputation for being a welcoming country, a mosaic of different cultures and backgrounds rather than a melting pot. As Canadians we get to meet all kinds of different and interesting people every day. It is our differences that make us special. As an identical twin, I may not be the most reliable source on differences, but don't take my word for it. Check out some of these great books that showcase diversity.

The Sandwich Swap, by Queen Rania Al Abullah   Subway Sparrow, by Leyla Torres

A Family is a Family is a Family, by Sara O'Leary Migrant, by Maxine Trottier

The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abullah

 "It all began with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich...
...and it ended with a hummus sandwich."

Salma and Lily are best friends who do everything together, but one day they notice something unusual about the sandwiches that they each brought for lunch. Both of the girls thinks the other person's sandwich is gross, and after expressing these feelings to each other, in not the most polite way, it looks like their friendship might be over. One food fight, and a couple of visits to the principal's office later, they come up with an idea.

Subway Sparrow by Leyla Torres

When a tiny sparrow accidentally ends up on a subway train, it is up to passengers to help it find its way back outside. Even though they do not speak the same language, they are able to work together to help the sparrow. This book features text in English, Spanish and Polish, to represent the different passengers who are riding the subway.

A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways – but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. A TD Summer Reading Club recommended read.

Migrant by Maxine Trottier

Each spring, Anna leaves her home in Mexico and travels north with her family to where they will work on farms. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall. Sometimes she feels like a jack rabbit living in an abandoned burrow, as her family moves into an empty house near the fields. But most of all, she wonders what it would be like to stay in one place. A TD Summer Reading Club recommended read.

Here are some more great reads:

All Kinds of Families, by Norma Simon The Colors of Us, by Karen Katz Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley Laundry Day, by Maurie Manning Mixed Me, by Taye Diggs Molly's Family, by Nancy Garden One Family, by George Shannon One Green Apple, by Eve Bunting Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Pena