World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development focuses on the richness of the world’s cultures and the essential role of intercultural dialogue in achieving peace and sustainable development. In honor of this day, celebrated annually in May, we wanted to highlight why it’s important for children to learn and read about various cultures.
Fosters cultural awareness
Reading about other cultures exposes children to different customs, traditions and ways of life. This awareness promotes empathy and respect toward people from different backgrounds and can help children develop an appreciation for diversity.
Children can challenge stereotypes and prejudices by reading books about other kids who don’t look like them and are from other countries. This exposure allows them to see past initial differences and find similarities. Books create captivating narratives that can transport a child into the lives of others, sparking their imagination.
Builds communication skills and development
Literature from other cultures shares different languages and storytelling techniques. Learning about new dialects can positively influence a child when they meet people from diverse backgrounds.
Reading about other cultures affords children the opportunity to expand their awareness of the world and teaches them essential critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We encourage all parents and guardians to incorporate diverse literature into their children’s rotation of books. Need an idea of where to start? Check out ALLMemphis’ decodable books!