Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Diverse Characters

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Following this weeks theme I've decided to feature 10 classic children's books that have diverse characters.

1. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry- This is one of those books that I've only read once but I remember everything about it. I read this when I was still in elementary school and it hit me in a big way. Taking place in Europe during WWII a young Jewish girl moves in with her best friend and pretends to be one of the family's daughters.

2. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats- A true classic for sure. A young boy spends one snow day in the city playing in the snow. I recently read this to my son and it reminded me of the school librarian reading this book to my kindergarten class. All of our faces tilted up and staring at the pictures, imagining ourselves out playing in the snow.

3. And Tango Makes Three by Justine Richardson- I have to admit I've never read this book. But I plan on reading this to my son during banned book week. 

4. The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack- It has been so many years since I've read this that I barely remember it. But that is about to change since I've decided to reread it. All I remember is that it takes place in China.

5. Corduroy by Don Freeman- One of my son's all time favorite books! We've read it so many times I've lost count. Who can forget that lovable bear who is finally adopted by Lisa. 

6, Iggie's House by Judy Blume- As a child I was a huge fan of Judy Blume and read as many of her books as I could get my hands on. The main character in this book is white but it tells the tale of an African American family who move into a house that used to be the MC best friend's house. I remember the MC had no problem and didn't think twice about the family being black. But others in the neighborhood were less than thrilled. Sadly this still happens today.

7.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie- Another book I have not read but plan on reading during banned book week. 

8. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson- I remember reading this in school and being in awe of Helen Keller. I remember being fascinated and wondering just how someone who is deaf, blind and cannot speak overcomes such an obstacle. 

9. Freedom Summer by Donna Wiles- Two best friends in the south in the 1960's one black one white. A simple tale that is great at introducing young readers to the desegregation that began in the 60's. 

10. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling- I have not read the book but plan on it sometime soon. Of course I've seen the movie but that is really not the same thing 


Barb said...

I remember reading The Jungle Book when I was younger and loving it. The penguin book looks so cute...why is it banned? Great list!

Melissa Robinson-Arezzi said...

Barb it is banned because two male penguins raise a young penguin together. It is based on true story. People have a problem with gay penguins apparently.

Maria @ Teen Ya Book Nerd said...

I remember reading Number the Stars! That was almost 7 years ago and it still remains to be one of my favorite books! Great list :)

Alyce Hunt said...

I've been recommended 'The Absolutely True Diary...' for so long, but I've never gotten around to it. Had never heard of 'Number The Stars' until your post though, and it's gone straight on my TBR!

Cait @ Paper Fury said...

AHHH I LOVE SO MANY OF THESE. Lois Lowry is such an incredible author and I grew up on all her books. I think Number the Stars was my first, though?! Such fond memories. :')
Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

Rachel Burden said...

Hi! I've not read any of these but I love that you've chosen books for children! It's so important to teach our children about diversity. It will make them better people when they grow up. I will definitely be adding these to a for-my-children list. I don't want to forget any of them, especially as you have lasting memories of them from your childhood. Thanks for a great list.

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