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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

What's on Your Plate?
Little Treasures
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
Bintou's Braids
Look-Alikes Around the World
Every Month Is a New Year
I Is for India
Emeka's Gift
What the World Eats
A Kid's Guide to Arab American History
Colors of Me
The Name Jar
The Proudest Blue
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)
Girl Rising
Global Babies/Bebes Del Mundo
Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets
No Kimchi for Me!
Take Me Out to the Yakyu
Just a Minute!
All Are Welcome
Rain Player
Lailah's Lunchbox
When We Were Alone
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Everybody Needs Water
The Story of Religion
Day of the Dead
Facts about Hinduism
Celebrating Ramadan
People of the World
To Be a Kid
Easy Main Dishes from Around the World
One World, Many Religions
A Life Like Mine
Schools Around the World
Free As a Bird
What We Wear
My First Ramadan
A Ride on Mother's Back
If You Lived Here
Celebrating Chinese Festivals
Carnival in Latin America
Cooking Class Global Feast!
A Triangle for Adaora
All the Colors We Are/Todos Los Colores de Nuestra Piel

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