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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.

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World

by Melanie Walsh

This book offers 10 simple ways kids can help take care of our planet.


A Full Moon Is Rising

A Full Moon Is Rising

by Marilyn Singer, illus by Julia Cairns

This book is a collection of poems about the moon as it’s seen around the world—and even from outer space!


All the Water in the World

All the Water in the World

by George E. Lyon, illus by K. Tillotson

This poetic story guides children through the water cycle.


Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World

Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World

by Cynthia Chin-Lee

This book introduces an alphabet of female artists, explorers, inventors, and activists who made an important impact on our world.


How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

by Margaret McNamara

With the help of his teacher, Charlie discovers that good things really do come in small packages.


City Dog, Country Frog

City Dog, Country Frog

by Mo Willems, illus by Jon J. Muth

The book tells the story of two unlikely friends, city dog and country frog.


Boy + Bot

Boy + Bot

by Ame Dyckman, illus by Dan Yaccarino

A slight misunderstanding between two friends shows the difference between the needs of a boy and the needs of a robot.


Balloons over Broadway

Balloons over Broadway

by Melissa Sweet

This book tells the story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer behind the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.


Eight Days Gone

Eight Days Gone

by Linda Mcreynolds, illus by Ryan O'Rourke

The author uses descriptive words and rhyme to recount the first trip to the moon by three brave astronauts.


Grandpa’s Garden

Grandpa’s Garden

by Stella Fry, Sheila Moxley
All year long, Billy and his grandpa work on preparing the soil, planting seeds, and taking care of the plants in Gr andpa’s garden.

Ish

Ish

by Peter H. Reynolds

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.


Newton and Me

Newton and Me

by Lynne Mayer

A boy and his dog discover how the laws of force and motion affect their everyday lives.


Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving

Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving

by Greg Tang, illus by Greg Paprocki

A collection of famous paintings, each paired with a clever poem that offers practice with making groups and addition.


National Geographic: Little Kids First Big Book of Animals

National Geographic: Little Kids First Big Book of Animals

by Catherine D. Hughes

A fun, informative book with colorful pictures and interesting facts about a variety of animals.


Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum

Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum

by Meghan McCarthy

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?


Pierre the Penguin

Pierre the Penguin

by Jean Marzollo
Pierre the penguin has lost his feathers! Pam, an aquatic biologist, comes up with a clever way to solve his problem.

Summer Birds

Summer Birds

by Margarita Engle, illus by Julie Paschkis

Maria is fascinated by caterpillars and butterflies. She uses careful observation and her artistic talent to document their life cycles.


The 5 Senses

The 5 Senses

by Nuria Roca, illus by Rosa M. Curto

Join different groups of children as they learn about their five senses through a variety of everyday activities.


The Busy Body Book

The Busy Body Book

by Lizzy Rockwell

Learn all about the parts that make up our bodies—and how important it is to keep them busy!


Through Georgia’s Eyes

Through Georgia’s Eyes

by Rachel Rodriguez, illus by Julie Paschkis

Learn to see the world through the eyes of influential artist Georgia O’Keefe.


We’re Roaming in the Rainforest

We’re Roaming in the Rainforest

by Laurie Krebs
This book uses playful rhymes and colorful illustrations to take readers on a journey through the Amazon.

Dave the Potter

Dave the Potter

by Laban Carrick Hill, illus by Bryan Collier

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.


Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away

by Ginger Wadsworth, illus by Patricia Wynne

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?


How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?

How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?

by Chris Butterworth, illus by Lucia Gaggiotti

This book is a step by step look at how foods go from the farm to the table—or in this case, the lunchbox!


If You Lived Here

If You Lived Here

by Giles Laroche

This book explores typical houses from different time periods and different countries around the world.


Just a Second

Just a Second

by Steve Jenkins
What can happen in a second? A minute? An hour? Discover new and e xciting ways to think about time.

Kunu’s Basket

Kunu’s Basket

by Lee DeCora Francis, illus by Susan Drucker

With the help of his grandfather, a young boy makes his first basket.


Neo Leo

Neo Leo

by Gene Barretta

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.


Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers

Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers

by Kathi Appelt, illus by Joy Fisher Hein

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.


North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration

North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration

by Nick Dowson, illus by Patrick Benson

Follow a variety of Arctic animals as they migrate across thousands of miles to the north for the summer.


Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

by Isabella, Craig Hatkoff, Paula Kahumbu

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.


Riparia’s River

Riparia’s River

by Michael J. Caduto, illus by Olga Pastuchiv

When their favorite swimming hole is ruined, a group of curious kids work together to find the cause and figure out a solution.


Super Science: Feel the Force!

Super Science: Feel the Force!

by Tom Adams, illus by Thomas Flintham

This hands-on introduction to physics explains why things work the way they do.


The Day-Glo Brothers

The Day-Glo Brothers

by Chris Barton, illus by Tony Persiani

Two brothers work together to create a world of colors no one has ever seen before.


The Mangrove Tree

The Mangrove Tree

by Susan L. Roth, illus by Cindy Trumbore
Scientist Dr. Sato helps the villagers of Hargigo find a way to plant mangrove trees to feed themselves and their animals.

Weird but True

Weird but True

by National Geographic Kids

Did you know a lemon can power a lightbulb? Read to find out 299 more weird but true facts!


What Color Is My World?

What Color Is My World?

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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.


What in the Wild?

What in the Wild?

by David Schwartz, Yael Schy

A mystery animal lurks behind each page. Use the accompanying poem to gather clues about what each animal might be!


What Will I Be?

What Will I Be?

by Nicola Davies, Marc Boutavant
Use the clues to guess what kind of animal you’ll find under the flap!

Z is for Moose

Z is for Moose

by Kelly Bingham, Paul O. Zelinsky

While Zebra tries to get the letters of the alphabet in order, an impatient Moose stirs up trouble.