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Culturally relevant and multilingual books picked by students and teachers

Searching for a new children’s book to snuggle up with over winter break? Look no further than the Culturally Relevant and Multilingual Book List, a book collection hand-picked by local students and teachers in partnership with Seattle education research organization foundry10.

These titles cover a wide variety of topics, including race and ethnicity, skin color, disabilities, cultural foods, beliefs and holidays.

Organized by title, author, and grade appropriateness, the book list includes a variety of multilingual and culturally relevant books from kindergarten to ninth grade.

The titles on the Culturally Relevant and Multilingual Book List were selected by the teachers, staff, and students at El Centro de la Raza, Discovery Elementary (Sammamish) and Lake Stickney Elementary (Lynnwood) as part of a foundry10 literacy intervention program. 

Research with diverse students indicates that culturally relevant and multilingual books can help validate students’ identities, cultures and languages. Learn more about designing student-centered literacy interventions and check out the full book list here!


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