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June 1, 2016

Reading Mirrors: Seeing Yourself in Books (PreK & K)

There’s something incredible about seeing yourself in a book. The connections readers make as they read can help build empathy, develop emotional awareness, and even boost self-esteem. Feeling connected to a kid like you says that a life like yours is worth thinking about, exploring, and sharing.

We know you’re always on the lookout for books that reflect our incredibly diverse nation and world. That’s why we want to introduce you to a few of our favorite (and lesser-known) books that feature a range of experiences, situations, cultures, races, and backgrounds.

Picks for Preschool

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

Quietly working its way through the nightly rituals of a little girl and her dad, this counting book is a cozy, reassuring read to share at bedtime.


Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade

Set in a rural Thai village, this warm and funny read-aloud follows a mama as she shushes one noisy animal after another to keep them from waking Baby.




National Geographic: A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley

Large, stunning photos from around the world celebrate our unifying need for water, whether carried in pots made of clay or drawn from the tap.


Picks for Kindergarten

Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Jon J Muth

A diverse cast of neighborhood girls and their mamas joyfully celebrate the end of a city heat wave in this lyrical and atmospheric picture book.


Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Dan Santat

This dynamically illustrated read-aloud seamlessly weaves Spanish words into the English text and stars a cast of Latino firefighters, including a bombera named Carlota!




Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka

With only 34 words and bold, expressive art, this book captures the first moments of new friendship and expresses the joy of meeting someone different.



Bio About Author: 

Lori Ess is the associate director of title presentation for Scholastic Reading Club. Before coming to Scholastic, Lori was a children’s librarian in Queens, NY. She loves fantasy, mystery, mysterious fantasies, and silly picture books for toddlers.

Catherine Alexander is a managing editor of online copy at Scholastic Reading Club. She previously worked at Sesame Workshop. So yes, she has in fact met Big Bird.


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