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.

The read aloud is planned for kindergarteners. "My Colors, My World" is about a young girl who lives in the desert and when the wind blows it turns everything the color of dust. Throughout the story she tries to find the colors within her world. This book has been recognized for a few awards:

  • 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.


The author of this book is a well known artist due to her painting of strong women and girls. This makes Maya Christina Gonzalez the author and illustrator of all of her books. "My Colors, My World" talks about the imagination and beauty a young girl see's in her sand covered world. This can give the students a perspective to look at the colorful beauty in their own life.

Interview with the author!

Maya Gonzalez Interview for Women's Magazine on KPFA

Procedures for implementing the read aloud and vocabulary presentation

1. Have children join me at the carpet using CHAMPS expectations.

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."


This book was selected because I thought it was an interesting topic for my kindergarteners. The strengths of the read aloud was the questioning during the book and my classroom voice. Next time I would like to be more confident and not so critical of myself. Implementing multicultural children's literature that is currently and linguistically diverse relative to my elementary students has different effects within each community, within the culture of the students, and with the age of students.