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One of RIF's largest efforts in recent years is our Multicultural Literacy Campaign. This multiyear effort to promote and support early childhood literacy in African American, Hispanic, and American Indian communities began in 2007. At the heart of this campaign is a wealth of resources that encourages children to explore and learn about their own culture and the culture of others.

 

 

 

 

 

Multicultural Literacy Resources

 


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Bilingual Activity & Story Books

The Curious Adventures of Sydney & Symon in: Water Wonders
Las curiosas aventuras de syndey and Symon en: las maravillas del aqua
Ages 6-8

Young sibling scientists, Sydney and Symon Starr, "show what they know" as they explore science and engineering---expressing themselves through writing, art, and experimentation. Together, they bring to life the STEAM approach, which aims to introduce the arts to STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math). Water Wonders included in-book extension activities and models the “4 C’s” in the 21st Century Readiness Framework: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication.

*Written and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds with Paul Reynolds and Renee Kurilla. Published collaboratively by Reading Is Fundamental, The National Writing Project, and FableVision

 

Our Book by Us!/Nuestro Libro ¡Hecho por Nosotros!
Ages 3-5

Research shows that spending even a few minutes each day to read, write, and talk with children helps them develop the language skills they need for future success. Join Sugarloaf, an irresistible new character created by award-winning author Peter Reynolds, she explores simple ways to incorporate literacy learning into everyday tasks. Following each mini-book, there are colorful, open pages giving children the opportunity to express their ideas about themselves, their families, and the places they live. Meet Sugarloaf and enjoy the journey with her family and friends.

*Written and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Published collaboratively by Reading Is Fundamental, the College Board's National Commission on Writing, and The National Writing Project.

 

Websites for Children (available in English and Spanish)

Leading to Reading/Semillitas de Aprendizaje—There are plenty of kids today who are reading off of the internet before reading a book. RIF encourages children and their families to embrace all platforms for reading. RIF’s award-winning website and educational video series is designed to help parents and caregivers develop the language skills of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. RIF’s fun and interactive site offers stories, games, music, and other engaging activities for young children to experience together with adults.

 

Let's Read as a Family!/¡Leamos en Familia!—This fun-filled site is designed to encourage Latino families to read, sing, and share stories together at home. Explore the interactive house and discover the joy of reading.

 

 

 

 

Multicultural Booklists

When children see themselves in the books they read at a young age, they are motivated to read more books and read more often. Books are powerful mirrors and windows for all of us; children need more selections in both the "mirrors" and the "windows". Our booklists include those from our annual collections distributed to programs across the country as well as notable lists from different multiculturally themed book awards.

 

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