PERFECT timing for this Perfect Picture Book Pair!
This October, Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur are celebrated, and it’s also National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Both books are inspired by the Yiddish folksong “Hob Ikh Mir a Mantl” (I Had a Little Overcoat or My Coat). And both stories show how grandparents re-use, and re-purpose fabric to leave a legacy of love.
Title: Maya’s Blanket/La manta de Maya
Author: Monica Brown
Illustrator: David Diaz
Publisher: Children’s Book Press (CA); and imprint of Lee & Low Bilingual edition (August 15, 2015)
Age Range: 3-7 years.
Topics: Latino culture, inter-generational story, sewing, re-use/re-purposing cloth, legacy
Title: My Grandfather’s Coat
Author: Jim Aylesworth
Illustrator: Barbara McClintock
Publisher: Scholastic Press (October 2014)
Age Range: 4-8 years.
Topics: Immigration, inter-generational story, sewing, re-use/re-purposing cloth, legacy
A Perfect Picture Book Pair showcases two books with universal themes but one must include diverse settings, life experiences, and or people in the world of children’s literature in response to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.
Mark Twain said ‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”Reading is too!
Kids love to see their own reflections in books. Join me and #ReadYourWorld!
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