Research shows that reading comprehension in ELL students
gets a boost
when kids are exposed to culturally relevant books. "Story is both individual and collective," says Candis Grover, director of literacy and Spanish development at
, an educational web site.
She says students need more than just a few scattered stories: "We need to give them a large literary room of characters to connect with." So, in that spirit, we've reached out to experts and scoured the blogs and asked authors what books they'd put in that big room. Click below to see five great examples.