Multicultural Picture Book

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"Let Me Help/Aquiero ayudar" by Alma Flor Ada and Illustrated by Angela Dominguez was published in 2012 by Lee and Low Publishers.

The read aloud is planned for first graders. "Let Me Help/Aquiero ayudar" is a picture book about a pet parrot who tries to help his human family prepare for the Cinco de Mayo festivities in San Antonio, Texas. The book has been recognized for several literary awards, including:


Best Children and YA Books, 2007
Best Children's Books of the Year , 2008
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2007
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2008
Notable Children's Books, 2008

Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 2008 Commended Title

Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 2010 Honorable Mention United States


The picture book demonstrates unique language style with its dual formatting of English and Spanish. The colorful illustrations and authentic family interactions are appealing for younger children. This particular book invites reflection of its readers and viewers by asking them to think about the ways that they can help in their own families.


Alma Flor Ada, author of "Let Me Help!" (Children's Book Press)
Alma Flor Ada

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Procedures for implementing the read aloud and vocabulary presentation

Write your steps for how you plan to implement the read aloud here.

Be sure to include word activities that are engaging and require children to DO something more than sit and listen. Be sure to include the vocabulary chosen.

Be sure to include before reading, during reading, and after reading questions.

Provide details so that another could "teach" from your talking notes or steps that you have written here.

Written reflection following the read aloud book talk/vocabulary presentation

Respond to these prompts:

· Why was this particular book selected? How did it “match” the funds of knowledge of this particular class/group of students?

· What were the strengths of the read aloud/the picture book/vocabulary teaching presentation?

· What would I need to do differently next time?

· Respond to the following open-ended statement: Implementing multicultural

children’s literature that is culturally and linguistically diverse relative to my elementary students has helped me…

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