Read-Aloud For English Language Learners | Book Recommendations
It is important to model fluency and nurture a love of reading for ALL students. These books feature different cultural backgrounds and explore ethnic diversity to widen students' worldview.
Title: The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
Author: Virginia Hamilton
Synopsis: These 24 folktales include such familiar titles as Tar Baby & lesser-known stories from Africa.
Shelf Location: 398.2 H
Title: Baseball Saved Us
Author: Ken Mochizuki
Synopsis: Shorty and his family, along with thousands of Japanese Americans, are sent to an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Fighting the heat and dust of the desert, Shorty and his father decide to build a baseball diamond and form a league in order to boost the spirits of the internees. Shorty quickly learns that he is playing not only to win, but to gain dignity and self-respect as well.
Shelf Location: FIC MOC
Title: Bud, Not Buddy
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Synopsis: The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father.
Shelf Location: FIC CUR
Title: A Single Shard
Author: Linda Sue Park
Synopsis: Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
Shelf Location: FIC PAR
Title: The Rainbow People
Author: Laurence Yep
Synopsis: The retelling of 20 Chinese folktales with illustrations by David Wiesner.
Shelf Location: 398.2 YEP
Title: Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
Author: Kathleen Krull
Synopsis: Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that--maybe--he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened.
Shelf Location: B CHAVEZ KRU
Title: Tar Beach
Author: Faith Ringgold
Synopsis: Eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot has a dream adventure and flies above her apartment-building rooftop, "tar beach", discovering 1939 Harlem. (Horn Book)
Shelf Location: E RIN
Title: The Birchbark House
Author: Louise Erdrich
Synopsis: Spirited, 7-year-old Omakayas, or Little Frog, was the only survivor of a smallpox epidemic on Spirit Island, Omakayas. When rescued by a fearless woman named Tallow, she is welcomed into an Ojibwa family on Lake Superior's Madeline Island, the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. However, when winter comes, an outbreak of smallpox overtakes the island and threatens the lives of many.
Shelf Location: FIC ERD
Title: Esperanza Rising
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Synopsis: Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.
Shelf Location: FIC RYA