Meet Your Neighbors Storybox: USA

Meet your neighbors story box

Inspiration.  As our neighborhoods grow more diverse, our community is enriched by new voices, different experiences, and unique perspectives.

Recognizing this, WDMCS Community Education partnered with West Des Moines Public Library to create the Meet Your Neighbors Story Boxes. Each Story Box focuses on a different cultural group found in our WDMCS neighborhoods. We believe that shared stories, food, crafts, music, and activities can foster understanding across differences and help us be good neighbors to all who make the West Des Moines area their home.

What You’ll Find Inside

Inside each Story Box, you’ll find both fiction and nonfiction books, music, and a reading and listening guide you can use at home or in your classroom. You can also explore expansion activities and resources online.

While not every country, culture, or experience is represented in this Story Box, we hope the included books will serve as an entry point for learning. If you have suggestions about how we might better represent the experiences of our neighbors in different regions around the world, please visit the website listed above and fill out our feedback form.

We hope these Story Boxes will be useful tools to engage young children with materials that reflect their experience, as well as invite the whole community to learn from our neighbors both near and far.

Story Boxes are available for checkout at the West Des Moines Public Library.

Created in partnership by WDMCS Community Education and the West Des Moines Public Library.


MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS STORYBOX: USA includes the following

  • Anya's secret society by Yevgenia Nayberg
  • Dangerous Jane by Suzanne Slade
  • Fry bread: a Native American family story by Kevin Noble Maillard
  • I hate English! by E. Levine
  • If America were a village by David J. Smith
  • Irving Berlin: the immigrant boy who made America sing by Nancy Churnin
  • Mama's nightingale: a story of immigration and separation by Edwidge Danticat
  • My Dadima wears a sari by Kashmira Sheth
  • On our street: our first talk about poverty by Dr. Jillian Roberts
  • One green apple by Eve Bunting; Saffron ice cream by Rashkin Kheiriyeh
  • The day you begin by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The proudest blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad
  • We are grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
  • What does it mean to be American by Rana DiOrio and Elad Yoran
  • Putumayo Kids presents American Playground (music CD)\
  • Activity & Materials packet

Countries included:

  • United States