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Why are Multicultural Books So Important? Here are the top 5 reasons I am filling my home with multicultural books.
#1 Multicultural Books Broaden Horizons. When we learn about people and cultures who are different from us, we discover new possibilities. So many of the things we love in our twenty-first century world – from food to music to fashion to architecture – have been created through a fusion of cultures and traditions. Reading multicultural books can open our minds to new ways of seeing, experiencing, and transforming our lives.
#2 Multicultural Books. Teach Us to Embrace Differences. We all have ways in which we are unique. Sometimes, it is easy to allow our personal differences to become handicaps. It is also easy to be afraid of people who are different and people we don’t understand. Multicultural books help us embrace differences by showing us the strengths of diversity.
#3 Multicultural Books Teach Us That We Are All Alike. There are so many ways in which we are all the same. We all need food and water. We each struggle with challenges. All of us long to connect with others who understand us. Reading multicultural books helps us see these connections with people who, at first glance, may appear to have little in common with us.
#4 Multicultural Books Help Us See the People Around Us. Books help us learn how different characters see and react to their worlds. As we read multicultural books we can see the people around us more clearly. We still make false assumptions, but books about people who are different from us teach us to question these assumptions.
#5 Multicultural Books Develop Empathy. Learning to see the people around us more clearly also helps us develop empathy. Through learning more about the experiences of diverse people and cultures, we begin to understand for the things that make their lives difficult. We need this kind of understanding to make the changes we need to make to leave the world a better place.
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