Exciting news from The Global Fund for Children (GFC):
We are pleased to announce the release of our new picture puzzle book, I Am Different, by Manjula Padmanabhan, for children aged 3 to 8. Each colorfully illustrated page contains one key difference to discover—an item that’s a different color, a different shape, reversed from left to right, or just asleep when others are awake.
Paired with each picture puzzle is the question “Can you find me?” in one of 16 languages. Children will have fun trying out Hebrew, Arabic, French, Swahili, and American Sign Language. And they may find that “different” is just as nice as “same.”
Kirkus Reviews calls I Am Different “a tour de force. … A substantive, engaging title for multilingual education.”
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of I Am Different and all Global Fund for Children books supports innovative community-based organizations that serve children and youth worldwide.
We have also recently released a new guide to high-quality websites and books that foster diversity learning in children. The guide, Kids Becoming Global Citizens: Resources for Parents and Educators, includes 250 summary annotations of children’s books; over 100 online resources, including lesson plans and activities, interactive games, and multimedia resources; and recommended books for parents and educators. Topics range from diversity in the United States to environmental stewardship, and from global citizenship to religious diversity.
The guide is free and available to the public at http://bookstore.globalfundforchildren.org/index.php/resourceguide. All books and resources were chosen for their overall quality and content and for their positive portrayal of different cultures.
“This guide can help teach children about a wide range of topics related to diversity and global citizenship,” said Cynthia Pon, director of Global Fund for Children Books. “After scouring the Internet and exploring what the literary community has to offer in terms of diversity education, we hope this guide will provide hours of enjoyment, enrich lesson plans, and encourage thoughtful conversations.”
The guide is authored by Pon and Kelly Swanson Turner, with assistance from Laurel Fiorelli.
To learn more about The Global Fund for Children (GFC) be sure to read PaperTigers’ interview with Maya Ajmera, founder and president of GFC.