Children Learn Through Stories

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores their stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience.  Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Storyin their homes, libraries, and communities. We welcome all ethnicities to customize Talk Story as needed for your community family literacy needs.

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Talk StoryTalk StorySaturday, December 12th, 2015 at 1:00amIn light of recent conversations regarding Muslims and the Middle East, Lee & Low put together a booklist of picture books about Muslim or Middle Eastern characters. Reading diverse books opens up new cultures and places to readers, builds empathy for others, and encourages exploring outside of one’s comfort zone. Now more than ever we must share these stories. Talk StoryBook List: Picture Books about Muslim or Middle Eastern Charactersblog.leeandlow.comLEE & LOW BOOKS has compiled a roundup of seventeen children’s books with Middle Eastern characters.    View on FacebookTalk StoryTalk StoryTuesday, December 8th, 2015 at 12:27amWe loved the graphic novel Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang. Use this book in a Grade 4-5 or Middle School Book Club, and then teach a basic coding program such as Logos OR create riddles in which kids must use binary code to decode the answers. Talk StorySecret Coders | Gene Luen Yang | Macmillanus.macmillan.comWelcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to chal…    View on FacebookTalk StoryTalk StorySaturday, November 21st, 2015 at 3:49amWe are really excited about the forthcoming book The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk, about a bus bound for a Diwali party. Will we finally have a good storybook for Diwali storytimes? Talk StoryTHE WHEELS ON THE TUK TUK by Kabir Sehgal , Surishtha Sehgal , Jess Golden | Kirkus Reviewskirkusreviews.comWhile some poetic license has been taken with wording (“auto” is more widely used in India to refer to the titular vehicle than “tuk tuk”), Sehgal and Sehgal deliver a catchy, if at times stereotype-embracing, Indian version of the beloved classic children’s song “Wheels on the Bus.” 2    View on FacebookTalk StoryTalk StoryFriday, November 6th, 2015 at 2:19pmNovember is Native American Heritage month! Tim Tingle, celebrated Choctaw author and storyteller, provides a list of his favorite children’s books written by American Indians. Read on to find the next book to share with your library! Talk StoryAmerican Indian Heritage Month Booklistpbs.orgMy career as an author was inspired by growing up in an Indian family. I was born on the Texas Gulf Coast, near the beach. I grew up swimming and surfing and fishing from the pier and loved to play…    View on FacebookTalk StoryTalk StorySaturday, October 24th, 2015 at 1:59pmCheck out this article highlighting the importance of diverse literature and A Story Like Mine, a diversity initiative by the Portland, OR-based Children’s Book Bank to bring culturally diverse children’s literature to those who need it. Bonus: a list of great diverse literature to inspire you for your next read or storytime! Talk StoryListeners Recommend Diverse Children’s Booksopb.orgCourtesy of the Children’s Book Bank “When [children of color] don’t see images that look like them in books, they feel lost. They feel devalued and insignificant, like their story doesn’t matter,” Ariana Chavarria told OPB’s Think Out Loud. Chavarria is on the board of the Children’s Book Bank and…    View on Facebook


The APALA and AILA Children’s Literature Bibliographies are your “go to” sources for quality books about the American Indian/Alaskan Native and Asian Pacific American experiences.

American Indian / Alaskan Native Book List
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