5 Books to Help Cultivate Multiculturalism in Your Home

5 Books to Help Cultivate Multiculturalism in Your Home

5 Books to Help Cultivate Multiculturalism in Your Home

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” (Nelson Mandela)

Teaching multiculturalism in the home is more than simply teaching a foreign language — it is a cultivation of deep appreciation and respect for other cultures, and perceiving differences as not only acceptable, but beautiful. It is the creation of awareness of the world around us, and a deeper level of listening and understanding in our communications with others. Here are 5 books that can help develop your understanding of multiculturalism and cultivate a worldview in your home.


Give Your Child the World

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by [Martin, Jamie C.]

Author Jamie C. Martin is a homeschool mother and blogger who has extensive personal experience with multiculturalism in the home. Her husband Steve is British, and she has two adopted sons from Liberia and India.

Give Your Child the World features over 600 children’s book recommendations to help cultivate a wide understanding of many cultures across the globe.


You can find Jamie’s book on Amazon.









A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World

A Life Like Mine is a glimpse into the daily lives of 18 children from many different cultures, collaborated by UNICEF. This book is a great resource for helping children understand similarities and differences between themselves and children of other cultures.

Available on Amazon.










The International Cookbook for Kids

Cooking can be a wonderful way to bring multiculturalism alive in the home, by making and tasting different foods from countries around the world. This book includes many different types of recipes, from soups and appetizers to entrees, as well as safety guidelines for kids in the kitchen. A brief introduction to different cultures is included, which can be used as a topic of discussion and expansion for multicultural learning.

Available on Amazon.

Also available is The 2nd International Cookbook for Kids.








Kids Around the World Play! The Best Fun and Games from Many Lands

Play is commonly called the language or work of children, and this book is a wonderful way to utilize play in multicultural teachings. It introduces kids to games such as Mexican kickball and dithwai from South Africa, and includes information such as instructions for how to build a French bilboquet.


Available on Amazon.







Everybody Cooks Rice (for younger children)

Author Norah Dooley has written a series of children’s books that help younger children understand multiculturalism in a very simple way — through the diverse ways of cooking rice. The character of the book, Carrie, learns the different ways families of her neighborhood utilize rice in their meals, presenting a common link between cultures. Other books in the series include Everybody Bakes Bread, Everybody Brings Noodles, and Everybody Serves Soup.

Available on Amazon.






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