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Teaching Materials Center

This guide is starting point for anyone seeking to learn about the resources available in the Teaching Materials Center. This includes: what general resources are available, how to find specific resources, and how to access materials.

What is Global Awareness?

Multicultural children's books can often act as books that help to build global awareness. 

"...Global awareness is a conceptual understanding of global and cultural perspectives with social, political, economic, cultural and environmental components. Global awareness is key to the understanding of commonalities and differences among people." [Source]

To discover books that help students build global awareness: 

1. Start with a keyword search using terms like:

  • "multicultural"
  • "Cross-cultural"
  • "Manners and customs"
  • "Customs and Practices" 
  • multiculturalism
  • religion
  • multicultural education
  • food habits
  • festivals/celebrations

2. You can also isolate a specific aspect of a culture that you would like to explore, or you can search more broadly with a keyword search for a country, ethnicity, or geographic region (keyword search for Japan or Japanese, Vietnam/Vietnamese for example).

Always remember to limit your search to the TMC 

Watch this video to find out how

3. If you find a book that you like, look at the subject headings that are used in the catalog and click on them for more books within that subject.

Examples of Global Awareness Children's Books

book cover for bilal cooks daal by Aisha Saeed

Bilal Cooks Daal

TMC Easy SAE

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

TMC 394.264 DIT

Just a Minute!

Just a Minute!

TMC Easy MOR

Lailah's Lunchbox

Lailah's Lunchbox

TMC Fiction FAR

All Are Welcome

All Are Welcome

TMC Easy PEN

Little Treasures

Little Treasures

TMC 808.88 OGB

What's on Your Plate?

What's on Your Plate?

TMC 641.59 STE

The Proudest Blue

The Proudest Blue

TMC Easy MUH

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World (Easy Reader Books, Children Around the World Books, Preschool Prep Books)

This Is How We Do It

TMC 305.23 LAM

Bintou's Braids

Bintou's Braids

TMC Easy DIO

book cover for  G my name is girl by Dawn Masi

G My Name is Girl

TMC Easy MAS

Colors of Me

Colors of Me

TMC Easy BAR

book cover for  La Selva de Zonia by Juana Martinez-Neal

La Selva de Zonia

TMC Easy MAR

My First Ramadan

My First Ramadan

TMC 297.3 KAT

Diwali

Diwali

TMC 394.264 SIN

People of the World

People of the World

TMC 305.8 LOE

A Life Like Mine

A Life Like Mine

TMC 305.23 LIF

If You Lived Here

If You Lived Here

 TMC 392.3 LAR

Examples of Global Awareness Young Adult Books

book cover for  Other words for home by  Jasmine Warga

Other Words for Home

TMC Fiction WAR

book cover for   While I was away by Waka T. Brown

While I Was Away

TMC 305.895 BRO

book cover for  Poisoned water : how the citizens of Flint, Michigan, fought for their lives and warned the nation by Candy Cooper

Poisoned water

TMC 615.9 COO

book cover for  Halal if you hear me by  Fatimah Asghar

Halal if you hear me

TMC 811.008 HAL

Book cover for  E-waste by David Barker

E-Waste

TMC 363.738 BAR