Book List for 2021 Global Children’s Book Club: Multicultural Children’s Literature

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I’m thrilled you’re ready to join in on the Global Children’s Book Club by reading some incredible and diverse multicultural children’s literature with us this year.


What Kinds of Multicultural Children’s Books Will We Read?

We’ll be reading books from 12 different countries over the course of the year. Each month/country will have one chapter book and 4 picture books (roughly one for each week). Additionally, each country will have a family learning guide with crafts, recipes, videos, and more to learn about the country in addition to the books. Feel free to participate in as much or as little as you’d like!

If you’re joining late, all the resources will remain available, so you can access and learn at any time – for FREE!

In choosing the books, I’ve heavily prioritized own voices authors whenever possible. I’ve included books that provide insight into local cultures, thought, challenges, and people.

What Ages for the Multicultural Children’s Literature Chapter Books and Picture Books

The Global Children’s Book Club is designed to be a connective and educational experience for families of all ages. The picture books are generally aimed at children ages 3-8, but older kids often love them, as well. I find that older children often still love read alouds and illustrations, even when they are strong readers themselves!

A few chapter books are aimed at slightly younger audiences (5-8), while some are geared to kids up to age 10 or 12. I recommend doing a bit of your own research to ensure the content is age-appropriate (and on par for maturity) for your children.


How does the book club work?

You can find all the details on this FREE virtual global book club for families right here! We’ll have discussions, storytimes, crafts, recipes, and much more. In the meantime, you can sign up to stay up to date by entering your email below. Be sure to follow along on Instagram for the discussions and additional updates!

Details on book discussions, storytimes, and global education opportunities

How do I keep track of my reading?

Free printable 2021 Global Children’s Book Club Reading Log

How do I join the Global Children’s Book Club?

You can pop in your email below to make sure you stay up to date on all the details! And please follow along on Instagram for updates!


Multicultural Book List for Kids: Travel The World Through Books

Here’s the 2021 multicultural children’s book list – 1 chapter book per month and 4 picture books per month (roughly one per week). I can’t wait to read and discuss them with you!

multicultural children's literature for families

January: Philippines

Find free read alouds and purchase links here!

Philippines Chapter Book for Kids

Find it on Amazon, Bookshop.org, Abebooks


Philippines Picture Books

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Cora Cooks Pancit: Available on AmazonBookshop.org, Walmart

Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong: Available on Amazon

Pan de Sal Saves the Day: Available on AmazonBookshop.orgAbebooks, Walmart

Willie Wins: Available on AmazonBookshop.orgAbebooks, Walmart


February: US Black History

Find free read alouds and purchase links here!

Black History Month Chapter Book for Kids


Find it on Amazon (on sale for under $5!), Bookshop.orgAbebooksTargetWalmartBarnes & NobleKindle (free with a Kindle Unlimited free trial)

Available on Audible (free with an Audible Plus free trial)


Black History Month Picture Books

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The Undefeated: Available on AmazonBookshopTargetWalmartBarnes & NobleAbebooks

Jabari Jumps: Available on AmazonBookshopTargetWalmartBarnes & NobleAbebooks

Mae Among the Stars: Available on AmazonBookshopTargetWalmartBarnes & NobleAbebooks

Moses: Available on AmazonBookshopWalmartBarnes & NobleAbebooks


March: United Kingdom

Find free read alouds and purchase links here!

United Kingdom Chapter Book for Kids


United Kingdom Picture Books

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Nimesh the Adventurer: Available on Amazon, Bookshop, Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Thriftbooks

The Gruffalo: Available on Amazon, Bookshop, Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Thriftbooks

The Tiger Who Came to Tea: Available on Amazon, Bookshop, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Thriftbooks

Lulu Loves the Library: Available on Amazon, Bookshop, Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Thriftbooks


April: Chile

Chile Chapter Book for Kids

Find it on Amazon, Abebooks


Chile Picture Books

Ode to an Onion: Available on Amazon, Bookshop, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Abebooks, Thriftbooks

My Name is Gabriela: Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Abebooks, Thriftbooks

Mariana and the Merchild: A Folk Tale from Chile: Available on Amazon, Abebooks, Thriftbooks

Grim, Grunt and Grizzle-Tail: Available on Amazon, Bookshop, Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Abebooks, Thriftbooks

May: Vietnam

Vietnam Chapter Book for Kids

Find it on Amazon, Bookshop.org, Abebooks

Vietnam Picture Books

June: Botswana

Botswana Chapter Book for Kids

Find it on Amazon, Bookshop.org, Abebooks

Botswana Picture Books

Iran Picture Books

Somalia Picture BooksHaiti Picture BooksPakistan Picture BooksNative American Picture BooksSweden Picture Books

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