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2012-2013 STEAM Multicultural Booklist (Grades Pre-K-5)

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 by Melanie Walsh
A Full Moon Is Rising by Marilyn Singer, illus. by Julia Cairns
All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon, illus. by Katherine Tillotson
Amelia to Zora, Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee, illus. by Megan Halsey, Sean Addy
Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, illus. by Dan Yaccarino
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illus. by Jon J. Muth
Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill, illus. by Bryan Collier
Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds, illus. by Ryan O'Rourke
Grandpa's Garden by Stella Fry, illus. by Sheila Moxley
How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? by Chris Butterworth, illus. by Lucia Gaggiotti
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara, illus. by G. Brian Karas
If You Lived Here by Giles Laroche
Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
Just a Second by Steve Jenkins
Kunu's Basket by Lee DeCora Francis, illus. by Susan Drucker
Math-terpieces by Greg Tang, illus. by Greg Paprocki
Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers by Kathi Appelt, illus. by Joy Fisher Hein
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book ofAnimals by Catherine D. Hughes
Neo Leo by Gene Barretta
Newton and Me by Lynne Mayer, illus. by Sherry Rogers
North: The Amazing Story ofArctic Migration by Nick Dowson, illus. by Patrick Benson
Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff; Paula Kahumbu, photography. Peter Greste
Pierre the Penguin by Jean Marzollo, illus. by Laura Regan
Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Megan McCarthy
Riparia's River by Michael J. Caduto, illus. by Olga Pastuchiv
Summer Birds by Margarita Engle, illus. by Julie Paschkis
Super Science: Feel the Force! by Tom Adams, illus. by Thomas Flintham
The 5 Senses by Noria Roca, illus. by Rosa M. Curto
The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell
The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton, illus. by Tony Persiani
The Mangrove Tree by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illus. by Susan L. Roth
Through Georgia's Eyes by Rachel Rodriguez, illus. by Julie Paschkis
Up, Up, and Away by Ginger Wadsworth, illus. by Patricia J. Wynne
Weird but True by National Geographic
We're Roaming in the Rainforest by Laurie Krebs, illus. by Anne Wilson
What Color Is My World? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, illus. by Ben Boos and A.G. Ford
What Will I Be? by Nicola Davies, illus. by Marc Boutavant
What in the Wild? by David Schwartz and Yael Schy, photography by Dwight Kuhn
Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky

2012-2013 STEAM Multicultural Booklist (Grades Pre-K-5)