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Reading Challenge: A Book about Your Heritage or Culture

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It's a good thing to read widely and learn about the experiences of people who don't look like you. It's also very meaningful to see ourselves represented in books. There are more and more wonderful diverse stories being published, told by authors of all races and backgrounds. For this Reading Challenge category, you can read a nonfiction book. Or you can find a book by an author who shares your heritage or culture. If you're not sure how to do that, ask at your local library. We're here to help!

 

He Who Dreams by Melanie Florence
He Who Dreams by Melanie Florence
When John attends a powwow, he realizes that he wants to be a dancer more than anything. It's hard to balance the Cree and Irish sides of his heritage while dealing with bullying, but John is determined not to let go of his dream.

 

Krista Kim-Bap by Angela Ahn
Krista Kim-Bap by Angela Ahn
Krista is worried about her project for Heritage Month. She wants to fit in with the popular kids and not be stuck as the school's "Korean Ambassador." Will this assignment help her figure out how to be true to herself?

 

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Merci has a lot of responsibilities in her big Cuban-American family, and Grade 6 is adding to her stress. Her grandpa is sick, babysitting her cousins means there's no time to try out for the soccer team, and there's a rich girl at school targeting her.

 

Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson
Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson
A school project is Amara's chance to visit Harlem in New York City. She's always wanted to see where her dad grew up and meet his side of the family. As Amara explores and asks questions, she learns more about how history shapes us.

 

We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman
We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman
Stella and Luna know that their mom was born in the Philippines, but not much else. So one night they ask her to tell them her story. They get two stories: one about their mom's childhood, and one about a moon goddess.