5 Books to Celebrate Read A Book Day

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Get your fingers ready to turn pages—today is Read A Book Day! If you're looking to celebrate with your family, we have just the book list for you. On this eve of the first day of school, we recommend revving your kids’ learning engines with one (or all five) of the below books.  

These titles—straight from our ReadNYC book list and suitable for kindergarten through third grade students—are especially cool because they’re culturally relevant or responsive. This means they celebrate the rich diversity of New York City kids—the characters and plots empowering kids to see themselves in what they’re reading.  

By forging this familiar connection with your kids, these books aim to help them understand their uniqueness while encouraging them to embrace cultural differences and build communities. Pretty cool, right?

With that, here are our five picks with info on where you can find them at your local New York Public Library.

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Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta: This chapter book explores the relationship between Margie and Lupe, cousins who must learn to adapt to each other’s cultural experiences.

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Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat: The touching tale of a mother-daughter’s plight to stay connected through storytelling when immigration separates them.

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Donavan’s Word Jar by Monalisa DeGross: A wonderful story about one boy’s love of words. 

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Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers: This vibrant, colorful picture book told by young narrator Jeremy revels in the countless qualities that make every person a very unique and special you.

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Dear Primo by Duncan Tonatiuh: The letters between two cousins, Charlie and Carlitos, offer a vibrant introduction to Mexican culture and the Spanish language.     

As you celebrate today, tell us what you're reading! Tag @unitedwaynyc when you post a #ReadABookDay photo or video on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Happy Read A Book Day, New York City!