Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World is a new edition of DK’s famous diversity for children book.
From the publisher:
Children Just Like Me is an amazing children’s book showing everyday life through the eyes and words of children around the world.
Offering a remarkable insight into the lives of children today all around the globe, Children Just Like Me is packed with photography of children, their friends and family, home, and school vividly illustrating different cultures, from rural farms to busy cities to river boats.
With distinctive DK design and text, using children’s own words, children will take a journey around the world to meet Children Just Like Me.
The image on the right gives you a good idea of the reading level.
This isn’t just a book about diversity. It is a uniform review of geographical variation, mostly in culture but in plenty of other aspects as well.
And most importantly for kids of a certain age, you can get a sticker book that goes along with it too!
So Amanda and I arrive at some public building in a largish Midwestern city. I’m a scientist, here to sit on a panel for a public discussion related to science and education. The building, a library, is not open yet but is scheduled to open in a few minutes. There are two groups of people standing in the flurries and chilly wind waiting for opening. The larger group is pressed against the door, seemingly anxious, and I (incorrectly, it turns out) attribute this anxiety to the cold. I’m thinking they want to go inside because it is cold. All but two people in this group are brown to dark brown of complexion, mostly African American and two or three Native Americans, and probably some people I’d be uncomfortable guessing the ethnicity of. The other group was smaller, older, and very much whiter, standing away from the door off some distance from the others. I recognized one of these individuals as a person who goes to these sorts of events. So naturally, Amanda and I wandered over to that group figuring they would know something like where the panel discussion was to be, and so on.
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