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.
“Grandfather Counts” by Andrea Cheng
Illustrated by Ange Zhang Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Gong Gong (Grandfather) is coming from China to live with Helen's family. Helen is excited but anxious. How will she and her siblings who know only English communicate with Gong Gong who speaks only Chinese? At first Gong Gong keeps to himself, but then one day, as Helen sits outside watching for the train that runs behind her house, Gong Gong joins her. He starts counting the train cars in Chinese and then teaches Helen the words. Helen reciprocates by teaching Gong Gong to count in English. Soon Helen and Gong Gong are teaching each other more words, and a special bond between them begins to develop and grow.