Two Awesome Picture Books With Diverse Characters For Your Homeschool...With FREE Notebooking Pages (Multicultural Children's Book Week)

Do you want to make sure that you're including picture books with diverse characters in your homeschool? Here are a couple that you can include. And at the bottom of this post, don't forget to pick up free notebooking pages that you can use when you read these great books.

I can remember the looks on my kids' faces. Their eyes lit up. They smiled. And then one said, "Hey, mom. That book has kids who are homeschooled just like us!"

Representation matters. I'll never forget the first time that I read a book with homeschooled characters to my kids. In most books school-aged characters go to traditional schools. So, when I first read a book with homeschooled characters the kids were excited.

Most of the time my kids are privileged and not in a minority. In many ways, they can see themselves in books they read and movies they watch. But I don't want them to be content with that. Instead, I want to exposed them to diverse characters. And I want to encourage authors to write books with diverse characters so that many children can see themselves represented when they read.

Although we should be including books with diverse characters to our kids all the time, Multicultural Children's Book Week is a great time to get to know multicultural books and authors. Here are two awesome picture books with diverse characters to add to your homeschool. Both of these are by the author Vivian Kirkfield. And, at the end of this post, you can pick up free notebooking page printables to use with your kids when you read these books.

Picture Books With Diverse Characters

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About the Author

I got to know Vivian Kirkfield just a little through emailing. She's an amazing woman who started writing children's books when she was 65. (So there is hope for me yet!) She shared with me that she wrote her first book after going skydiving with her son. She decided that if she could jump out of an airplane, she could write a children's book. 

She now has six books under her belt. She also has a blog with some great literature-based resources. You can check it out here. I'm sharing two of her picture books with diverse characters here for Multicultural Children's Book Week.

Sweet Dreams, Sarah

Sarah E. Goode was one the first African American women to get a US patent. She and her husband worked in a furniture store. Sarah came across some of their customers who wished their children had their own beds, but there wasn't enough room for an extra bed in the house.

Sarah created a cupboard bed and worked hard to get a patent for her creation. She worked hard, even through a denial of her work. And, finally, she was able to get a patent for her new bed.

Sweet Dreams, Sarah is a simple, easy-to-read picture book that you can share even with your young kids. After the story, you can read some information about what we know of Sarah's history and see a timeline of her life. The timeline is cool because you can see how Sarah's life lines up with events that were happening in the country at the time. There is also a timeline with all African American women patent holders. Want to get your older kids involved in sharing this book? Check out some of the authors' sources for books they could read.

Sweet Dreams Sarah book

Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

This is the story of the friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. Ella Fitzgerald could sing well enough to sell out concerts abroad. But prejudice kept her from singing on many stages in her own country. Marilyn Monroe was often viewed as just a beautiful woman without much intelligence and common sense.

The women became friends and Marilyn loved Ella's voice. Eventually she was able to help Ella get into Hollywood's top nightspot to sing. This is a great story about the friendship of the two women and how they worked to help each other succeed.

At the end of this book there is some information about the historical friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. There is even a picture of the two of them. There is also a list of source books that your older kids could read to get everyone in on the learning.

Making Their Voices Heard book

Free Notebooking Pages to Connect With These Picture Books With Diverse Characters

Sign up below to receive two notebooking packets with pages you can use after you read these awesome books with your kids. What can you do with your notebooking pages? Here are just a few suggestions:
  • Creative writing
  • Written narrations
  • Recording facts
  • Dictation
Grab your notebooking pages here...

Picture books with diverse characters

More About Multicultural Children's Book Week

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.

MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

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FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party! Be sure and follow MCBD and Make A Way Media on Twitter!

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This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.

We will be giving away an 8-Book Bundle every 5 minutes plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **

Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. See you all very soon on Twitter!

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