LEAMOS Resources

LEAMOS Staff in multilingual and multicultural studies program
Left to right: Germaine Koskiná, Mandy Stewart, Melanie Aguirre Jaimes, Victor Lozada, Douha Abbasher

The staff of LEAMOS (Leaders in the Education for the Advancement of Multilingual/Multicultural Opportunities for Students) curated an invaluable resource for teachers and parents and guardians of multilingual learners.

Below, find multilingual and multicultural resources for students arranged by language. Books are listed by grade level for K-12 including Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, French, Nepali, Urdu, and Ukrainian language resources. Also find social emotional learning and multicultural text recommendations.

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Spanish/Español

EC-2nd Grade

Spanish book Mi Familia
  • In My Family/En Mi Familia (Family Pictures) by Carmen Lomas Garza
  • Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People/Poeta del Pueblo by Monica Brown
  • Abuelita Full of Life/Abuelita Llena de Vida by Amy Costales
  • Marta, Big and Small by Jen Arena
  • Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin/Dear Primo: Una Carta Para Ti by Duncan Tonatiuh

3rd-6th Grade

  • Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States by Lori Carlson
  • Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Diego Rivera, His World and Ours/ Diego Rivera: Su Mundo Y El Nuestro by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Somos Como las Nubes/We Are Like the Clouds by Jorge Argueta

Middle School

  • Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States by Lori Carlson
  • Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: a Mesoamerican Creation Myth/Serpiente Emplumada y los Cinco Soles: Un Mito Mesoamericano  by Duncan Tonatiuh

High School

  • The Distance Between Us/La Distancia Entre Nosotros by Reyna Grande
  • Yo No Soy Tu Perfecta Hija Mexicana / I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez 

Arabic/عربى

EC-2nd Grade

Arabic book Samira’s Eid
  • Samira’s Eid by Nnasreen Aktar (English and Arabic)
  • Mirror by Jeannie Baker
  • The Day Saida Arrived by Susana Gómez Redondo
  • Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes by Hena Khan
  • How Many Donkeys?: An Arabic Counting Tale by Margaret Read MacDonald and Nadia Jameel Taibah 

3rd-6th Grade

  • Arabic-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary by DK Publishing
  • The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil

Middle School/High School

  • Arabic Stories for Language Learners: Traditional Middle Eastern Tales In Arabic and English by Hezi Brosh
  • Arabic-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary by DK Publishing

Vietnamese/Tiếng Việt

EC-2nd Grade

Vietnamese book Am I small? Có phải tôi nhỏ bé?
  • Vietnam ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Vietnam  by Theresa Alberti
  • Am I small? Có phải tôi nhỏ bé?: Children's Picture Book English-Vietnamese by Philipp Winterberg
  • A Different Pond by Bao Phi
  • Wishes by Muon Thi Van

3rd-6th Grade

  • The Biscuit Moon by Jesus Gaban
  • Happy After All by Anneke Forzani

Middle School

  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lai
  • Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai
  • House Without Walls by Ching Yeung Russell

High School

  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Paperback by Thi Bui
  • A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
  • Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao 

French/Français

EC-2nd Grade

French book Le Tour du Monde en 80 Jours
  • Eau-Water, Short Stories For Beginners by Miley Smiley
  • What Am I?/ Qu’est - Ce Que C’est? by Alain Crozon, Aurelie Lanchais
  • Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree: French Creole Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes by Chantal Grosléziat and Paul. Mindy

3rd-6th Grade

  • Preversities: A Jacques Prevert Sampler by Jacques Prevert
  • Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin by Michelle Lord and Felicia Hoshino

Middle/High School

  • Contes de Charles Perrault. Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault. by Svetlana Bagdasaryan
  • Short Stories in French edited by Richard Coward
  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Nepali/नेपाली

EC-2nd Grade

Nepali book Dashain Aayo! Tihar Aayo!
  • I See the Sun in Nepal by Dedie King
  • Who Are We?/ हामी को हौं?  (Nepali-English) by Anneke Forzani
  • My First Nepali Words for Communication Picture Book by Shirisha
  • Little Sid by Ian Lendler and Xanthe Bouma

3rd-6th Grade

  • Dashain Aayo! Tihar Aayo! A Nepali Festival Celebration by Anita Adhikary
  • The Dance of the Caterpillars (Bilingual Nepali/English) by Adele Marie Crouch

Middle/High School

  • Sold by Patricia McCormick
  • Where Hummingbirds Come From Bilingual Nepali English by Adele Marie Crouch
  • Mad Country by Samrat Upadhyay
  • The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal by Dena Moes

Urdu/اردو

EC-2nd Grade

Urdu book Malala Yousafzai
  • Guru Nanak: First of the Sikhs by Demi
  • Malala Yousafzai by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara
  • Teatime Around the World by Denyse Waissbluth

3rd-6th Grade

  • Roots and Wings: How Shahzia Sikander Became an Artist
  • Golden Girl by Reem Faruqi
  • Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
  • A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Middle School

  • First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover by Mitali Perkins
  • More to the Story by Hena Khan

High School

  • Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  • If They Come for Us: Poems by Fatimah Asghar
  • Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim
  • All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Ukrainian/українська

EC-2nd Grade

Ukrainian book You Don't Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl from Ukraine
  • Who Lives in the Wood?/ Хто живе y лісі?: An Illustrated Ukrainian-English Bilingual Story for Kids by Chatty Parrot
  • Я Люблю Читати – Ukrainian Reading for Kids by Chatty Parrot
  • English-Ukrainian School Children’s Bilingual Picture Dictionary by Richard Carlson, Jr.
  • Sirko: The Ukrainian folktale in English and Ukrainian by Olha Tkachenko
  • Tutti, the One and Only: Ukrainian Edition by Anastasia Goldak

3rd-6th Grade

  • The Little Book: Story Reader for a Free Ukraine by Mykola Matwijczuk
  • Cousins Forever - Кузини Назавжди: A Bilingual Book for Kids Learning Ukrainian by Elisavet Arkolaki

Middle School

  • Feathers of Hope: A Young Adult Fantasy by J.A. Culican

High School

  • You Don't Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl from Ukraine by Yeva Skalietska

Social Emotional Learning

EC-2nd Grade

Social Emotional Learning book Lend A Hand: Poems About Giving
  • The Boy At the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf
  • Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
  • Breathing Makes it Better by Christopher Willard and Wendy O'Leary
  • Big Feelings by Alexandra Penfold
  • After the Fall by Dan Santat

3rd-6th Grade

  • The Crane Girl by Curtis Manley
  • She Was The First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm by Katheryn Russell-Brown
  • Lend A Hand: Poems About Giving by John Frank
  • The Three Lucys by Hayan Charara

Middle School

  • Twenty-Two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and The Village Bank by Paula Yoo
  • Blessing’s Bead by Debby Dahl Edwardson

High School

  • Self-Concept by Saul McLeod
  • Stress for Success by Alison Pearce Stevens
  • Bird by Zetta Elliott

Multicultural Texts

EC-2nd Grade

Multicultural book We Came to America
  • We Came to America by Faith Ringgold
  • A Country Far Away by Nigel Gray
  • Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border by Sara Palacios

3rd-6th Grade

  • Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatium
  • Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits of Fifty Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff by James Gulliver Hancock
  • What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau
  • My Diary from Here to There by Amada Irma Pérez

Middle School

  • Chess Rumble by G. Neri
  • Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories from a Native American Childhood by EdNah New Rider Weber
  • Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe García McCall
  • Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski
  • Drift by M.K. Hutchins

High School

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
  • Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Lieu

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