Reading Is Fundamental’s 2012–2013 Multicultural Book Collection is comprised of 40 children’s books for grades K-5. Each book in the collection was carefully reviewed and selected by RIF’s Literacy Services team with guidelines provided by RIF’s Literature Advisory Board and Multicultural Advisory Committee, national panels of educators and experts in books for children.
Each book will also have an accompanying set of activities developed in accordance with the new Common Core standards. Educators, parents and community volunteers alike are sure to enjoy sharing this collection and activities with children.
Thanks to the generous support of Macy’s, more than 600 book collections will be donated to RIF programs serving children in low-income communities throughout the U.S.
This book offers 10 simple ways kids can help take care of our planet.
This book is a collection of poems about the moon as it’s seen around the world—and even from outer space!
This poetic story guides children through the water cycle.
This book introduces an alphabet of female artists, explorers, inventors, and activists who made an important impact on our world.
With the help of his teacher, Charlie discovers that good things really do come in small packages.
The book tells the story of two unlikely friends, city dog and country frog.
A slight misunderstanding between two friends shows the difference between the needs of a boy and the needs of a robot.
This book tells the story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer behind the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
The author uses descriptive words and rhyme to recount the ﬁrst trip to the moon by three brave astronauts.
Ramon loves to draw until his brother criticizes his work. With the help of his younger sister, Marisol, Ramon learns to see things in a different way.
A boy and his dog discover how the laws of force and motion affect their everyday lives.
A collection of famous paintings, each paired with a clever poem that offers practice with making groups and addition.
A fun, informative book with colorful pictures and interesting facts about a variety of animals.
The Fleer Corporation is trying to create a new kind of gum, but they aren’t having much luck. Can a man who knows nothing about gum save the day?
Maria is fascinated by caterpillars and butterflies. She uses careful observation and her artistic talent to document their life cycles.
Join different groups of children as they learn about their five senses through a variety of everyday activities.
Learn all about the parts that make up our bodies—and how important it is to keep them busy!
Learn to see the world through the eyes of influential artist Georgia O’Keefe.
Though he was a slave, Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave.
It’s springtime, and hundreds of baby spiders have hatched and are ready to explore their new world. Will they be able to survive and find a home of their very own?
This book is a step by step look at how foods go from the farm to the table—or in this case, the lunchbox!
This book explores typical houses from different time periods and different countries around the world.
With the help of his grandfather, a young boy makes his first basket.
Many of the inventions we use today were actually dreamed up by Leonardo da Vinci 500 years ago! This book introduces you to a few of them.
This book tells the story of Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States and a passionate believer in the importance of protecting America’s natural beauty.
Follow a variety of Arctic animals as they migrate across thousands of miles to the north for the summer.
In 2004, the aftermath of the tsunami leaves a young hippo stranded at sea. This is the story of his rescue, his resiliency, and a unique friendship.
When their favorite swimming hole is ruined, a group of curious kids work together to find the cause and figure out a solution.
This hands-on introduction to physics explains why things work the way they do.
Two brothers work together to create a world of colors no one has ever seen before.
Did you know a lemon can power a lightbulb? Read to find out 299 more weird but true facts!
As they fix up their new house, Herbie and his sister discover how many things that we use every day were designed by African-American inventors.
A mystery animal lurks behind each page. Use the accompanying poem to gather clues about what each animal might be!
While Zebra tries to get the letters of the alphabet in order, an impatient Moose stirs up trouble.