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Culturally Sensitive Storybook
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Type: Crafts   Skills: Language & LiteracyPlay & CreativitySocial & Emotional Skills
In this activity, you’ll learn how you can take a traditional fairy tale and make your own storybook adding influences from your child’s own cultural heritage. Culturally Sensitive Storybook
What We Learn
Cultural awareness
Language development
Phonological awareness
Imagination skills
Supply List
Construction paper
Markers
Hole puncher
Yarn or brass braids
Magazine photos or travel brochures
Scissors
Glue or tape
How-To
The Importance of Culturally Sensitive Book
When choosing stories to read to your child, try to select books that are culturally sensitive. Ask yourself the following questions when deciding on a book to read:

What culture is being represented?
All children deserve to see positive images of children like themselves in the books they read.

Are illustrations culturally appropriate?
For the young children who are following along in the book, illustrations can have a powerful influence on their perceptions of the world, especially if they do not see people similar to themselves represented in the book.

Can children relate to the book or story?
Strong visual images of people that look like themselves, their friends, and their families are life-affirming, validating and can encourage children to value immediate life experiences and consider a multitude of future possibilities.

Making Your Own Culturally Sensitive Book
If you can’t find stories or books that represent your own culture or ethnic background, you can easily make your own storybook. Traditional fairy tales such as Cinderella or Little Red Riding Hood have been told in cultures and settings throughout the world.

First, choose the story that you want to use in your storybook.

Make your book by taking several sheets of construction paper and punching holes along one side of the pages. Attach the pages together using yarn or other fasteners, such as brass braids.

Write down the main storylines in the pages of your storybook.

On each page of your story, glue photos or illustrations which reflect the storyline, but which also represent the culture or ethnic background of your child. You can find photos in magazines or in travel brochures. You can also draw simple illustrations if you have trouble finding appropriate images.

When you’re finished creating the storybook, you can choose to “laminate” the pages to your storybook by using clear plastic packing tape.

When you’re all done, sit down with your child and begin reading your newly created storybook.
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