Multicultural Picture Book
Read Aloud Activity
"My Colors, My World/ Mis Colores, Mi Mundo" by Maya Christina Gonzalez was published in 2007 by Lee and Low Publishers.
- Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor
- Best Children's and YA Books
- International Latino Book Award
This picture book has a unique language style because it is formatted in English and Spanish. The colorful illustrations are important to the book because they were painted by the author, Maya Christina Gonzalez. This book provides the readers inspiration to look into their world and find all the colors around them.
Interview with the author!
Check out Maya Christina Gonzalez's work!
Resources for educators
desert: a place that is dry and sandy with very little rain
Procedures for implementing the read aloud and vocabulary presentation
2. "I want to read a story with you about a young girl named Maya. In this story Maya opens her eyes wide to the colors in her world."
3. "I want you to look around the room and THINK, what colors do you see? Just think don't tell me."
4. "Turn and talk to your partner about 1 color that you see." Ask partners what they talked about.
5. "Just like how we found colors in our classroom, Maya is going to find colors to share with us. During our story I want you to look closely at the colors and the pictures."
6. "This book is a little different because it is in both English and Spanish."
7. Page 2: "Where did Maya say she lives? Desert. What is the desert like?"
8. Page 21: "What does Maya mean when she says Papi?"
9. "Maya has a special friend, a bird, that helps her find the colors in her world. What color is the bird? Touch your nose if you have a special animal friend like Maya.
10. "Now we need to put our thinking caps on to help Ms. Green sort some colors. My poster has some different colors on it. Let's name them together: Red, orange, yellow, green, and pink."
11. Show the first of many clip arts from google images. (Ex: corn) "Hmm... I think that corn is yellow. Put your hands on your head if you agree with me.""So I'm going to tape this picture in the yellow column."
12. Have the students go through the clipart and randomly assign students to tape them to the corresponding colors.
13. "Wow friends, thank you for helping me with that. I couldn't have sorted all those colors without you."