[BHE 95] Launch of March-April Theme: Rainbow Colors of Diversity – Voices of the Silenced


Myra here.

Every week, we share the books that have hunted us down and found their way into our bookshelves. This week is extra special as we are launching our new bimonthly theme until end of April:

Rainbow Colors of Diversity: Voices of the Silenced


Widget courtesy of the talented Iphigene

Essentially, we are looking for the following books that have these themes:

  1. Celebration of diversity, being different, taking pride in one’s uniqueness
  2. The Outliers in the community – those who do not seem to fit in and may be bullied/ostracized as a function of this
  3. Voices of the silenced: immigrants, LGBT community, women’s voices (her story), the elderly, the differently-abled, the socio-economically disadvantaged
  4. Multicultural titles defined as: children’s books that represent lifestyle and cultural beliefs of as many children as possible (culled from Lukens, Smith, & Coffel, 2013)

I confess that this makes things considerably easy for me since I am handling a course on Using Multicultural Children’s Literature to Promote Socio-emotional learning in the Classroom. And so I would probably make full use of the text-sets that I will be bringing in calss every week.

Picturebooks from the Library

Here are a few books that I feel would fit into our theme quite nicely.


I dreamt… a book about hope by Gabriela Olmos and Yetsa’s Sweater by Sylvia Olsen and illustrated by Joan Larson.


Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith and I am the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr.


Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon, Exclamation Mark ! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld.


The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan and the amazing Sophie Blackall, Maude: The Not-so-Noticeable Shrimpton by Lauren Child and illustrated by Trisha Krauss.

Revisiting YA Novels


When I discovered that this was a book about depression, I decided to save my reading of the book for this current theme: Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos.


I borrowed this a year ago but never got a chance to finish the book, but the novel has always haunted me. I have a feeling tht this young genius cartographer would be a perfect fit for our current theme: The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen.


This is my gift for my theatre-geek daughter during the International Book Giving Day. I feel that Nate is exactly one of the reasons why this particular theme is close to our hearts. I am excited to read this one. Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle.

Do you have any books that you would like for us to hunt down for this theme? We welcome your suggestions and recommendations. 

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3 Comments on [BHE 95] Launch of March-April Theme: Rainbow Colors of Diversity – Voices of the Silenced

  1. This seems like a wonderful theme! The cover image is deeply creepy, which I think is what you were going for. Or maybe I’m just easily affected by piercings.

    A picture book I just read that had me thinking about misunderstandings between cultures was the cheerful BOY AND BOT by Ame Dykeman, The boy and the bot try to help each other but mix things up because of misconceptions. It seemed like a good way to address cultural mistakes that I see among small children — pointing incorrectly, etc.


  2. Wow, Myra, this will be wonderful! Here are three & you may already know them: Same, Same But Different-Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, Slake’s Limbo-Felice Holman, & The Letter Q-Sarah Moon & James Lecesne – can’t wait to read more!


  3. Great choices! 😀


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