- Weedflower, by Cynthia Kadohata
- Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, by Mary Williams
- Water Hole Waiting, by Jane Kurtz and Christopher Kurtz
- The Color of Home, by Mary Hoffman
- In the Small, Small Night by Jane Kurtz
Set two: books about the meeting and blending of different cultures
- A Step from Heaven by An Na
- The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
- Going Home, Coming Home by Truong Tran, illustrated by Ann Phong
- I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite, illustrated by Baba Wague Diakite
- Honeysuckle House by Andrea Cheng
All the books in this unit are used as read alouds in a whole group format during my Martin Luther King/civil rights unit.
- Martin’s Big Words
- The Story of Ruby Bridges
- Through My Eyes
- A Picture Book of Rosa Parks
- My Brother Martin
Goals to work on and questions to think about:
Check out the book Rosa by Nikki Giovanni. Probably end up using that one instead of A Picture Book of Rosa Parks.
Look for some historical fiction picture books to read with the unit. Would that be too confusing to the kids (fictional characters versus the real people we’ve been reading about)? Would it add more depth and increase interest?
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