Why are multicultural children’s books so important?
Different–A Great Thing to Be!
By educating children about different cultures from an early age, we’re teaching them to be accepting of others so they grow up to be inclusive individuals who will thrive living in a multicultural society, like Australia.
At its best, multicultural children’s literature helps children understand that despite our many differences, all people share common feelings and aspirations. Those feelings can include love, sadness, fear and the desire for fairness and justice.
The Uniting Church seeks to be open to changes that the Holy Spirit will bring to the Church
because of the creative contributions of people of different racial and cultural groups to its life.
In our contexts, supporting our children with an understanding of themselves, their community and the world around them, which lays strong foundations for them to grow, develop and find their space in the world. Our Young people are so many questions to help them figure out their identities and identities of others around them! We live in such a diverse communities, so having children’s books that can help them know through pictures or different people can help them know that difference is good and difference is something great we can embrace and love.
“Learning and discussing different cultures, values, and races teaches your child that it is OK to notice differences, and more importantly, it teaches them that it’s good to talk about them,” Peoples says.
Acknowledging that we are all special and that God creates us unique helps young people know they have great gifts, talents and especially stories that can help as they journey meeting new people culture and different traditions.
Check out these websites and books that may help in encouraging multiculturalism with your young people.
With themes of self-acceptance, self-love, and diversity, these powerful picture books will resonate with young readers from all backgrounds and of all colours-especially anyone who has ever felt different or that they don’t belong. Loving to embrace other with their different traditions, cultures and backgrounds can help young people be confident and proud to share Gods love with everyone.
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Joyce Tangi is the Children’s/Family Ministry Lead and Field Officer (South) within the PULSE team.