[aisle] Diverse Picture Books

Kim, Anna akim6 at cps.edu
Tue Sep 24 08:10:00 CDT 2019

The World is Not a Rectangle: a portrait of architect Zaha Hadid by
Jeanette Winter is about Zaha Hadid, an architect who was born in Iraq. She
has some amazing contemporary designs around the world and bonus: she's a
female architect.

The Genius of Islam: how Muslims made the modern world by Bryn Barnard is a
book that describes all of the contributions that Islam made that make our
world what it is. This includes a discussion of mathematics and

Counting on Katherine: how Katherine Johnson saved Apollo 13 by Helaine
Becker. If you've watched Hidden Figures, you may already know who she is
and what she did, but this picture book is accessible to everyone and gives
a little more background into her life both before and after the Apollo

Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world by Rachel
Ignotofsky is not really a picture book. It's actually a collection of
histories with beautiful illustrations. Each biography is pretty short,
maybe a couple of pages, but describes each woman's accomplishments in her
field. I like that the scientists featured come from different time periods
and cultural backgrounds.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (picture book edition) by William Kamkwamba
is the picture book version of the memoir written by William Kamkwamba
about how he built a windmill in Malawi in order to bring electricity to
his village.

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the recycling women of Gambia by Miranda
Paul describes the efforts of Isatou Ceesay who, not only discovers a way
to recycle the plastic bags littering her village, but also empowers other
women to become self-sufficient entrepreneurs.

Wangari's Trees of Peace by Jeannette Winter is a story about Wangari
Maathai, an environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya.

Anna Kim
School Librarian
Chappell Elementary School
akim6 at cps.edu

"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men."

                   -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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On Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 4:40 PM Andrea Perrin via AISLE <
aisle at list.railslibraries.info> wrote:

> I have been asked to share a list of multi-cultural/diverse books with my
> middle school (6-8) staff.  I wanted to include picture books that could be
> used to introduce/enhance a lesson, specifically in science, math or social
> studies.  Can you suggest any that are diverse by author and/or subject?
> --
> Andrea Perrin
> LRC Director
> Woodland Middle School - Gurnee, IL.
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