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5 Books We Recommend for 3K - Pre-K
3K / Pre-K BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
Compiled by FOCH Educational Director Geva Dublin
Jamaica Tag-Along - by Juanita Havill
Jamaica Tag-Along presents a learning situation with a moral dilemma that Jamaica has to work through, reflect upon, and then internalize. Jamaica doesn't want a younger child to play with her, until she remembers how she felt when her older brother excluded her from his games. In this second book of the series in which Jamaica struggles with concepts of right and wrong, Jamaica's moral compass grows through her interaction with her older brother Ossie, and a younger neighborhood boy, Berto.
Bee-bim Bop - by Linda Sue Park
Bee-bim bop (the name translates as “mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and finally sitting down with her family to enjoy a favorite meal. The energy and enthusiasm of the young narrator are conveyed in the whimsical illustrations, which bring details from the artist’s childhood in Korea to his depiction of a modern Korean-American family. Even young readers who are not familiar with the dish will recognize the pride that comes from helping Mama, the fun of mixing ingredients together in a bowl, and the pleasure of sharing delicious food.
Green is a Chile Pepper - by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Green is a Chile Pepper is a children's concept book about color. It is set in Mexico and captures many aspects of Hispanic culture including the food, dances, and holidays. It is more elaborate and expansive than many other, more commonly referenced concept books for this age group: Green is a Chile pepper, spicy and hot. Green is cilantro inside our pot. In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latin American in origin, but all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child’s day!
Amazing Grace - by Mary Hoffman
Amazing Grace is a picture book about a young African American girl named Grace who loved stories -- whether they're from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. Her imagination and creativity are constantly encouraged by her loving mother and Nana. When she learns that her class is going to perform Peter Pan, Grace is determined to play the leading role -- but her classmates point out that Peter was a boy. Besides, he wasn't Black. But with the support of her family, Grace learns that she can be anything she wants to be, and the results are amazing!
Whoever You Are – by Mem Fox
This book is a celebration of diverse childhoods, and the essential things that make us all the same. Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different from each other. But inside, they are all alike. Stirring words and bold paintings weave their way around our earth, across cultures and generations and remind children to accept differences, to recognize similarities, and--most importantly--to rejoice in both.