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Cultural Diversity Resources


Hands Around the World: 365 Creative Ways to Build Cultural Awareness and Global Respect, by Susan Milord, Garreth Stevens, 1999. Features activities to share with children, from simple crafts to celebrations of unusual holidays. For ages 4 to 10.

Kids Explore America’s Jewish Heritage, by Westridge Young Writers Workshop, Avalon Travel/John Muir Publications, 1996. Part of a series looking at various cultures through history, food, holidays, arts, famous firsts, heroes, stories and hands-on fun. Other titles cover African-American heritage, Hispanic heritage, Japanese-American heritage, and the heritage of Western Native Americans. For ages 9 to 12.

People, by Peter Spier, Doubleday, 1988. This picture book about diversity compares eye shape, children’s games, forms of shelter, occupations, religious beliefs and more. For ages 4 to 8.


FACESA magazine about world cultures for ages 9 to 14. 800–821–0115,

Skipping Stones: A Multicultural Children’s Magazine. Features stories, articles and photos from all over the world for ages 8 to 15. 541-342-4956,


Good sources for world music include:

EarthBeat! – 800-409-2457, Music for Little People.

Planet Earth Music – 888-216-4029,


Families of the World, Master Communications, 2001; approx. 30 min.; $19.95;; ages 5 to 10.
Each video in this award-winning series features two different children from a single country, following them at home and school. So far, countries featured are Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Sweden, Thailand, the United States and Puerto Rico.


Culture Quest World Tour. Parsifal the Penguin is eager to become a world citizen through his travels with the knowledgeable Ophelia Owl. Follow them as they journey around the world learning about various regions and cultures.

Penpals for Kids. Includes topics to write about, many places to seek a pen pal, and related resources.


U.S. Fund for UNICEF – 800-FOR-KIDS. Ask for a UNICEF catalog offering videos about children from around the world, international greeting cards, other paper products, children’s toys and games, and more.

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