Dynamic Book Duos: Cultural Classrooms and Friendships

Please welcome authors Andria W. Rosenbaum and Moni Ritchie Hadley to Dynamic Book Duos – a blog featuring two books that pair together in a meaningful way along with educational activities to strengthen reading skills. This week’s pairing focuses on cultural classrooms and friendship.

PERFECT PAIRS: Cultural Classrooms and Friendship

Two books by Albert Whitman and Co., Our Class is a Country, written by Andria W. Rosenbaum, illustrated by Dream Chen and Anzu and the Art of Friendship, written by Moni Ritchie Hadley, illustrated by Nathalia Takeyama, feature classroom diversity, cultural awareness, and making connections at school. Each story highlights how kids make friends by sharing with each other.

Book 1: Our Class is a Country

We’re Hola, Bonjour, Namaste and Shalom, our class is a country of welcome from home. Join a diverse class as they welcome their new teacher with kindness, respect, diversity and inclusion.

Book 2: Anzu and the Art of Friendship

Starting a new school, Anzu struggles to find her place. Starting a new art unit, her class struggles to learn origami. It’s not easy to make friends or to fold tiny paper figures, but with her grandfather’s encouragement, Anzu finds a way to try again even when she doesn’t succeed the first time—and helps her classmates do the same.


Activities for Our Class is a Country:

Activities for Anzu and the Art of Friendship:

Cultural Classrooms and Friendship Activities for Both Books:


Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw

Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw is an award-winning nonfiction children’s book author and former elementary special education teacher who is passionate about growing young minds. Suzanne’s first nonfiction picture book, I Campaigned for Ice Cream: A Boy’s Quest for Ice Cream Trucks, debuted in April 2019 from Warren Publishing. Her second book Mighty Mahi launched from Doodle and Peck Publishing in March 2022. Suzanne enjoys speaking to schools about writing, leadership, and how kids can make a difference in our world. The proud momma of two grown boys, Suzanne lives in Waterford, MI with her husband and furry writing companion Ziggy. When she’s not dreaming up new writing projects, you can find her kayaking on the lake, hiking the trail, practicing at the yoga studio, or comparing paint swatches at the local Sherwin Williams.

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