Multicultural Books

Books transport readers to other worlds -- and not only fantasy lands where animals talk and magic is commonplace. The stories on this list introduce kids to cultures and worlds that are much closer by ... and just as fascinating! For more books that show kids, teen, and families with a variety of cultural traditions, check out Books with Asian, Asian American, Desi, and Pacific Islander Characters, Books with Latinx Characters, Books with Muslim American Characters, and Books with Native American Characters.

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border Poster Image
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Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border

age 3+

Heartwarming Christmas story set at the U.S.-Mexico border.

By: Mitali Perkins (2019)
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Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart Poster Image
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Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart

age 3+

A giant saves the day in muy magical story.

By: Pat Mora (2006)
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Last Stop on Market Street Poster Image
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Last Stop on Market Street

age 3+

Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.

By: Matt de la Peña (2015)
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All the Way to Havana Poster Image
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All the Way to Havana

age 4+

Celebration of Cuban family and ingenuity has gorgeous art.

By: Margarita Engle (2017)
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My Abuelita Poster Image
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My Abuelita

age 4+

Robust artwork with a Latino touch celebrates storytelling.

By: Tony Johnston (2009)
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Gai See: What You Can See in Chinatown Poster Image
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Gai See: What You Can See in Chinatown

age 4+

Colorful, seasonal peek at Cantonese food and fun.

By: Roseanne Thong (2007)
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Little Skeletons / Esqueletitos: Countdown to Midnight Poster Image
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Little Skeletons / Esqueletitos: Countdown to Midnight

age 4+

Fun, rhythmic, bilingual Day of the Dead romp.

By: Susie Jaramillo (2018)
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Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina Poster Image
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Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina

age 4+

Biracial girl embraces her uniqueness in charming story.

By: Monica Brown (2011)
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Mixed Me! Poster Image
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Mixed Me!

age 4+

Boy embraces his uniqueness in exuberant identity tale.

By: Taye Diggs (2015)
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Niño Wrestles the World Poster Image
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Niño Wrestles the World

age 4+

Boy plays Mexican wrestler in exuberant bilingual tale.

By: Yuyi Morales (2014)
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Octopus Stew Poster Image
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Octopus Stew

age 4+

Octopus adventure celebrates imagination, Latino culture.

By: Eric Velásquez (2019)
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Paletero Man Poster Image
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Paletero Man

age 4+

Refreshing tale celebrates Chicano culture and community.

By: Lucky Diaz (2021)
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A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas Poster Image
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A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas

age 4+

Classic carol brims with Spanish words, Mexican traditions.

By: Pat Mora (2009)
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The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family Poster Image
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The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

age 4+

Vivid art, powerful story about sisters overcoming bigotry.

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Sulwe Poster Image
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Sulwe

age 4+

Girl learns to embrace her dark skin in magical tale.

By: Lupita Nyong'o (2019)
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Tiny Travelers Mexico Treasure Quest Poster Image
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Tiny Travelers Mexico Treasure Quest

age 4+

Colorful search-and-find journey through Mexico.

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Tortillas are Round / Las tortillas son redondas Poster Image
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Tortillas are Round / Las tortillas son redondas

age 4+

Fun bilingual book of shapes celebrates Mexican culture.

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'Twas Nochebuena Poster Image
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'Twas Nochebuena

age 4+

Sweet bilingual tale of Latinx Christmas Eve traditions.

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Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter Poster Image
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Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter

age 4+

Poetic call to be proud of your heritage in a diverse world.

By: Mark Gonzales (2017)
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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Poster Image
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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

age 5+

Joyful, foot-tapping celebration of fresh haircut, culture.

By: Derrick Barnes (2017)
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