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Multicultural Literature

These books help kids experience the lives of people from many times and places.

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Q: I am a reading tutor working with a 10-year-old who is having difficulty reading. She is Hispanic. Could you suggest books that are culturally appealing and have sensitive illustrations?

A: I'm so glad you asked about recommendations for Latino literature. You gave me the opportunity to comment on the importance of multicultural literature for all kids between the ages of 9 and 12. Students need to read well for two reasons — one is to read to learn about the world and the other is to read for enjoyment and to develop the reading habit. Multicultural literature provides kids with a window on the world and helps them understand their place in it.

While you asked about Latino books, I'm going to make suggestions about titles representing many cultures. It is so important for kids to see