Texas Families / Ethnic Heritage

Books to Share

  • "More, More, More," Said the Baby by Vera Williams.
  • My Daddy and I by Eloise Greenfield.
  • Round Is Moon Cake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong.
  • When I Am Old With You by Angela Johnson.
  • Who Says A Dog Goes Bow-wow? by Hank DeZutter.

Books to Display and Booktalk

  • Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse by Walter Dean Myers.
  • Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto.
  • No Mirrors In My Nana's House by Ysaye Barnwell.
  • What A Wonderful World by George David Weiss.


As the children enter the storytime room, give them a nametag made from the World Cultures die-cut.


Hello From Many Lands

(By Leila Raven Parrish)

Two little children, (Hold up both hands, or a puppet on each hand)

One on each hand, (Each hand bobs)

Come to say "Hello"

From many lands.

Isn't she pretty? (Look toward and wiggle left hand)

Isn't he grand? (Look toward and wiggle right hand)

Bonjour (bohn-ZHOUR), bonjour from France. (Bow each puppet as you say "hello" in the different languages.)

Hola (OH-lah), hola from South America.

Jambo (JAMbo), Jambo from Africa.

Konichiwa (Koh-NEE-cheewah), konmichiwa from Japan.

Two little children from many lands. (Each hand bobs)


Hispanic Paper Flowers

(Adapted from The Kids Multicultural Art Book by Alexandra M. Terzian)


  • Tissue paper, assorted colors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors


Precut tissue paper of different colors into three sizes of circles. The children layer three circles of tissue paper with smallest on top. An adult pokes a hole in the center of each bunch of tissue paper and the children thread a pipe cleaner through hole and twist the ends together to make a stem.

Games and Activities

Multicultural Puppets

Bring out a collection of multicultural family puppets for free play after stories and encourage adults and child to interact.

Color Dance

Play "De Colores" while children dance with Hispanic Paper Flowers or Rainbow Streamers (see "Toddler Programs: Texas Skies" for Rainbow Streamers craft).

What a Wonderful World

Play "What A Wonderful World" on The Very Best of Louis Armstrong by Louis Armstrong while showing Ashley Bryan's illustrations of the book, What a Wonderful World by George David Weiss.

Guest Speakers

Invite a member of your community or a local celebrity to visit storytime wearing an outfit representing a native culture and read a book from that culture. Hire a storyteller or musician from a world culture.

Audio Recordings

  • "De Colores" on Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band by Raffi.
  • "What A Wonderful World" on Very Best of Louis Armstrong by Louis Armstrong.


  • All The Colors Of The Earth. (7minutes)
  • Chato's Kitchen. (11 minutes)

Web Site

Mama Lisa's World


Children's songs and rhymes from around the world.

Professional Resource

The Kids Multicultural Art Book by Alexandra M. Terzian.


Texas Reading Club 2002 Programming Manual / Read Across Texas!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011