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.
“What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know about Horses?” by Richard Van Camp
Illustrated by George Littlechild Publisher: Children's Book Press ISBN-13: 978-0892391547
Set in the town of Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories of Canada, this imaginative first-person account begins on a bitterly cold day when “the ravens refuse to fly.” Stranded inside because of the harsh weather, the narrator contemplates his life both as a Dogrib Indian and as a Caucasian. From musing about being able to play either the “cowboy” or the “Indian” at game time to factually exploring his ethnicity, this vibrantly illustrated book delves into the challenges of striking a balance between two different worlds while still opening up one’s life to other cultures and to new experiences.