An Activity Book to Inspire Children’s Curiosity and Conversation about Culture

Written and illustrated for elementary-aged children, Our Minnesota Community was created by, about, and for Minnesotans! Designed as an entry point to cultural awareness and responsiveness, this activity book introduces children to real Minnesotans and tell the stories of their unique cultures, values, and traditions.


Due to Minnesota Department of Education’s COVID-19 Minnesota school closure decision, up to 1,000 complimentary copies of the activity book will be sent out to parents of elementary-aged students across the state to offer educational materials for parents to use with their children during this unique moment in time. 

While social distancing is the encouraged norm across the state, Our Minnesota Community author Colleen Waterston believes it is especially imperative we use this time to come together and focus on our shared interests in this big, shared world. 

Designed for Elementary Classroom Engagement

With classroom engagement at the heart of this endeavor, the activity book has companion videos and teaching materials to help bring the concepts and conversation to life in the classroom.

(Lesson plans align with Minnesota Academic Standards)

Praise for the Activity Book

“What a wonderful resource to teach an appreciation for the rich diversity in our Minnesota communities and classrooms. It fits so nicely with Global Minnesota’s own programs that encourage respectful curiosity about new and different cultures and people. Well researched and thoughtfully presented!”

Sylvia OxenhamK-12 Education Program Manager, Global Minnesota

“A culturally responsive and sustaining education is the pathway toward equity for students of color and American Indian students, and education excellence for everyone in our classrooms. Our Minnesota Community: A Big Shared World Activity Book promotes critical thinking on the values and culture in Minnesota while highlighting our similarities, which is essential at every level of education.”

Carlos Mariani Rosa Executive Director, MN Education Equity Partnership

“As a professional educator with over 15 years experience in both K-12 and Higher Education, I am astutely aware of the difference it makes when children are exposed to culturally relevant resources. A culturally responsive teaching and learning pedagogy is a critical component to the social-emotional development of all learners. Our Minnesota Community is a wonderful resource to engage learners in culturally responsive conversations. As a native of Minnesota, it personally gives me great pleasure to know this resource will be in the hands of our future leaders, our youth!”

Dr. Teresa TaylorExecutive Director, Center for Culturally Responsive Engagement, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Our Minnesota Community Book Cover

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Our Minnesota Community includes brief snapshots of Minnesotans from 13 different heritage backgrounds. The narratives tell of their unique cultures, values, and traditions. Inside this book, you’ll find beautifully illustrated coloring pages; crosswords, word searches, and anagrams; and questions that inspire conversation!

Our Minnesota Community is ideal for:

  • Elementary school classrooms
  • Homeschoolers
  • After-school clubs
  • Library summer activities
  • State visitor facilities
  • Family travel activity
  • Any opportunity to engage young people in learning about what it means to be part of a diverse and inclusive community!