diverse books for bamboo libraries {12}

So, I’ve been blogging these past two weeks about diverse books I’ve read lately. Today, I want to do something a little different.

We’ve compiled an Amazon Wish List for the Bamboo Libraries, and we would love for you to buy a book or two (or six)!

Our friends Grae and Craig are coming to visit at the end of December and are going to fill their suitcases with 1.) books for our family 2.) snacks for our family and 3.) books, puzzles, games, and toys for the Bamboo Libraries!

(If you decide to go check out the Wish List without reading the rest of the post, no problemo! Just choose “Grae” in Maspeth, NY as your shipping address. THANK YOU!)

There’s a thing here in Cambodia (and in much–most–of the world, sadly) where white skin is looked at as beautiful and darker skin is less desirable.

I hate this so so so much.

It is a lie from the pit of hell, that’s what it is.

I’m not naive enough to think that I can swoop in and fix it or change it, but I can try. And one way I can do that is by stocking these Bamboo Libraries with beautiful books filled with pictures of beautiful brown- and black-skinned people.

I want these kiddos to see that English books don’t just mean white people. I want them to see beautiful kids of all different shades, with all kinds of hair, wearing all kinds of clothing and shoes and head coverings.

I want them to see black and brown boys playing games and reading books and inventing things.

I want them to see black and brown girls doing science experiments and solving problems and having fun.

I want them to see girls of all shades and colors being themselves and being awesome and making the world a better place.

I want them to see kids in countries around the world doing the things they do as a regular part of their lives.

I want them to see people of other faiths and how they worship.

I want their eyes to be opened to the big, beautiful world they’re a part of, but I also want them to take great joy and pride in their own little part of the world.

And I think these books are a great way to start. To expose them to beauty and diversity and other parts of the globe.

To teach them new words and new ideas and new feelings.

I want them to see themselves in these pages but also see a great big universe that they never could have imagined.

If they never leave their small village to see the rest of the world, they will have seen it in these books.

Will you help us stock the Bamboo Libraries with beautiful and diverse books? Just go to our Bamboo Library Amazon Wish List and start shopping! (Remember, send the books to Grae in Maspeth, NY.)

If you happen to be a parent or aunt/uncle or have a special kiddo in your life, you should totally buy some of these diverse books for them too while you’re at it.

And if you’d rather make a donation for us to buy more books in Khmer (the Cambodian language), let me know, and I’ll get you a special tax-deductible PayPal link.

And if you know of some great diverse books for us to add to our list, let me know that too!


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