We here at OutlooK-12 celebrate diversity and believe that exposure to other cultures is an enriching experience. Because of this, we are featuring a special “School Library” section this month with selected titles from a list of must-have multicultural books for children and preteens. Originally compiled by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, the School of Education and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the full list is available on the National Education Association’s website and can be viewed at http://www.nea.org/grants/50-multicultural-books.html.
“Wings” by Christopher Myers
Illustrated by Christopher Myers Publisher: Scholastic
Are you brave enough to be your true self? Ikarus Jackson is. But just because he’s brave enough to be his true self doesn’t mean it’s always easy. For one thing the people in his neighborhood point at his wings. And the kids at his school laugh at him because he’s different. Even the teachers call him a distraction. But even though so many people don’t understand him, there is one girl who identifies with him. Unfortunately, she is too shy to speak up. Finally, when his classmates' taunts send Ikarus drifting into the sky, the girl decides to set out in search of him. And so begins her own journey of self-discovery, leaving both of them transformed.