Book recommendations

Queensland Multicultural Month — celebrate with books

August 01, 2018

A great way to celebrate our rich diversity with young children is through books. Sharing stories that contain a variety of experiences and voices, is a wonderful way to help children recognise, understand and respect difference right from the beginning. So this August, celebrate Queensland Multicultural Month by sharing a book. Here’s 12 hand-picked titles to look for at your local library.

I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh
I’m Australian! How about you? Many people from many places have come across the seas, to make Australia their home. How Australian is that?

One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck, Illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail
Sophia tries varied techniques to get the giraffe she wants more than anything in this playfully illustrated story about the nuances of negotiation. Sophia has one true desire for her birthday. But she has Four Big Problems in the way: Mom, Dad, Uncle Conrad…and Grand-mama. Will her presentations, proposals, and pie charts convince them otherwise? Turns out, all it takes is one word.

Colour me by Ezekiel Kwaymullina
We are all different. But together we colour our world amazing. Using the rainbow as a metaphor for our diversity and uniqueness, Indigenous author Ezekiel Kwaymullina joins forces with award-winning illustrator Moira Court in this gorgeous new picture book. Luminous screen prints and evocative prose celebrate every individual colour as well as the power of their combination.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox , Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Nothing is sweeter, as everyone knows, than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes! All over the world, babies are different. Yet in some ways they are very much the same: each one has ten little fingers and ten little toes – to play with, to tickle, to wave. And each child is very, very special to its parents…

Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones , Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
Izabelle Gizmo just loves to invent, but her inventions never seem to work the way she wants them to. And that makes her really CROSS! When she finds a crow with a broken wing she just has to help. But will she be able to put her frustrations to one side and help her new friend to fly again?

Elmer by David McKee
Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. A modern classic, with over two million copies sold worldwide, Elmer’s subtle message, that it is ok to be different, resonates with children across the world.

Collecting Colour by Kylie Dunstan
Collecting Colour tells the story of a day spent collecting colour in the Top End of the Northern Territory, narrated by a white Australian girl, Rose. Rose s best friend Olive s mother, Karrang, makes beautiful coloured baskets, mats and bags from leaves from the pandanus palm a tall, thin tree with very long, spiky leaves.

Today by Julie Morstad
Every day is full of endless possibilities – especially TODAY! The simplest moment has the potential to become extraordinary in this beautiful book by Julie Morstad. From getting dressed, to having breakfast, to choosing ways to go, Today has a little something to delight everyone.

Snail and Turtle Are Friends by Stephen Michael King
Snail and Turtle like hiding, but never from each other. Snail and Turtle are friends and love to spend time together. They like to run, walk and enjoy being quiet together.

It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr
It’s okay to need some help.
It’s okay to be a different colour.
It’s okay to talk about your feelings.

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont , Illustrated by David Catrow
High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves–inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters.
At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont’s joyous rhyming text and David Catrow’s wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful–and straight from the heart.

Boy by Phil Cummings , Illustrated by Shane Devries
The kings battles with the dragon were always mighty and loud… CLING CLANG CLONG! ROAR! Boy lived in a silent world and couldn’t hear the fighting. But Boy could see the fear around him… and how everyone would be much happier