Tuesday, January 27, 2015

{Multicultural Children's Book Day} Today The Teacher Changed Our Seats

Celebrating Diversity Through Children's Books

I received a free copy of this book to review as part of
Multicultural Children's Book Day. The views expressed are my own.

We love discovering new books, especially books that include characters that reflect the diverse world in which we live. Not only does Today the Teacher Changed Our Seats feature a diverse group of students in the classroom as well as an African-American male teacher, but it is also a book that allows for learning discussions and activities around the math concept of grouping and the reality that sometimes teachers do things our children don't like (i.e. separating them from their friends or asking them to sit somewhere new). 

Since grouping is a math concept my 3 and 5 year-old aren't really familiar with, I wasn't sure if the book would engage them, but I was wrong. Wild Thing (my 5 year-old son) LOVES math, so the idea that this book was a book about math excited him. I think he also liked seeing a teacher in a book that was an African-American man, since his dad (who is African-American and Latino teaches filmmaking and digital arts two days a week at Wild Thing's charter school).

Another surprise for me was how well this book engaged my early reader. Many of the words in the book are words Wild Thing is learning to read: yellow, red, gray, green, so he and I enjoyed reading the book together as I read most of the words, and he read the words that he knew. Plus, the math focus of the book had him spouting addition facts to me, which was fun.

I always notice that my sons, who are part of a very multicultural family, always get extra excited about books that include children and adults that look like the family and friends they have, which is why I love being a part of Multicultural Children's Book Day! 

Please check out my post from last year for Multicultural Children's Book Day and 10 of our favorite Multicultural Children's Books. I'd love to know what some of your favorites are too. 


  1. Sounds like a great book!! I definitely want to check it out.

  2. thank you so much for a lovely review - what a great picture of your son reading - love it -
    look for more diversity in To know The Sea - I think your sons will love the problem solving sailor
    again, thank you,
    Frances Gilbert

  3. Sounds like a good book, and like you have a smart son!

  4. This looks like a wonderful book, but I've never heard of it before! I'm so glad you shared it at Booknificent Thursday this week!

  5. What a great book, we will have to put it on our to be found list. Thanks for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog hop

  6. Looks like a great read aloud too! I remember the time we read books together like that with me reading a page and my little one reading the words in between. Stopping by from KidLitBlogHop

  7. My daughter is in 5th grade and still reports anytime they have to change sets! It's nice to see when she makes new friends, while still keeping the longtime ones. I love the illustrations! Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a great book review to celebrate multicultural children's books. I haven't read this one. I'm adding it our reading list! It's a pleasure to connect with you on the Kid Lit Blog Hop :).

  9. Sounds like a wonderful choice for teaching children about diversity. Changing seats at school is always a big thing for my kids - they get so excited! Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!