First Book Picks: Similarities and Differences
Reading stories helps adults introduce characters from different cultures, who have different backgrounds and experiences. This helps children learn about the big world — and it helps kids start to embrace the differences that make people special!
Thank you to First Book for generously sharing its book recommendations with the Big Heart World community. Eligible teachers can follow the links to find discounted versions of the books on the First Book Marketplace. Parents and other caregivers can find the book at First Book’s Bookshop.org shop.
Alma and How She Got Her Name (English and Spanish)
- What is Alma's full name?
- How many names does she have?
- Why is Alma's name special?
- What's your name?
- What's special about your name?
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
- What is Fry Bread?
- What are some of the different reasons why Fry Bread is important?
- Is there a special food that brings your family together?
- Different cultures eat different foods! Can you think of any foods that are important in OUR culture?
Bilal Cooks Daal
- What does Bilal love about daal?
- What is Bilal feeling before he introduces his favorite food to his friends?
- Have you ever felt nervous about sharing something with your friends?
- Is there any special food that you would like to share with your friends? Why?
- What is a khimar and why is it important?
- What are some of the different khimar in Mommy's closet?
- Why does the girl like to play dress up in her mother's khimar?
- Some people wear headscarves and others don't. Can you think of other things that some people wear and some people don't wear?
- Is there something special that our family members wear that makes us think about them?
- Do you ever like to play dress up? Why?
- What is different about the boy and his grandfather?
- How does the difference make them feel?
- What do the boy and his grandfather find in common?
- What does that similarity reveal?
- What are ways you are similar and different from family members?
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