The need has never been greater for people of different cultural backgrounds to understand each other. Our K–12 programs include texts at every grade level that invite students to explore a wide range of perspectives and cultures. Here are just a few titles that exemplify the diversity of our readings:
- “Skunny-Wundy’s Skipping Stone,” Seneca folktale as told by Native American author Joseph Bruchac
- “Yoshi’s Feast,” Japanese folktale as told by Japanese American author Kimiko Kajikawa
- “The Gold Coin” by Latina author Alma Flor Ada
- “The Upside-Down Boy” by Mexican American author Juan Felipe Herrera
- “Kamau’s Finish” by Kenyan author Muthoni Muchemi
- “The Peddler’s Gift,” Russian Jewish folktale as told by Jewish American author Maxine Rose Schur
- “\’in-glish\” by Chinese American author Christina Tang-Bernas
- “At work with my father” by Black American author Eve L. Ewing
- “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears” by Syrian American author Mohja Kahf
- “Eraser Tattoo” by Black American author Jason Reynolds
- “The Pose” by Indian author Anwar Khan
- “Where Did You Get That Name?” by Black American author Baratunde Thurston
- “Catalog Army” by Palestinian American author Naomi Shihab Nye
Junior Great Books® not only gives students the opportunity to read texts that help them learn about many cultures—it also invites them to participate in interpretive activities and discussions about the readings on an equal footing with their peers through the Shared Inquiry™ method of learning. With Shared Inquiry, we provide teachers with a framework that puts the focus on a collaborative process of thinking where teachers and students work together. The goal is to create a community of learners where every student is supported and challenged to find their own voice, develop deep understanding, and engage in respectful, civil discourse while learning from each other.
Through our unique combination of the Shared Inquiry method and our multicultural classroom materials, we enable teachers to include all students in ongoing classroom conversations about important ideas!