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Youth Multicultural Picturebooks

Youth Multicultural Picturebooks

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    The World Turns Round and Round
    by Nicki Weiss

    Whether you say mjomba or uncle, chachi or aunt, jidd or grandfather, you will recognize the love in the pages of this book. Whether your relatives live in Maine or Mexico, Colorado or Kenya, they are linked to you and you to them. The cultures that distinguish us and the families that connect us are cause for celebration in this book that shows that the world is smaller than we think.

    star rating 32 pages
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    Abuela's Weave
    by Omar S. Castañeda, Enrique O. Sanchez

    A young Guatemalan girl and her grandmother grow closer as they weave some special creations and then make a trip to the market in hopes of selling them.

    star rating 32 pages
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    Nessa's Story
    by Nancy Luenn, Neil Waldman

    A young Inuit girl, who wishes she had something to contribute when the adults tell their stories in the gathering place, encounters the story of a lifetime when she finds a giant egg one day and is able to see what it hatches.

    star rating 32 pages
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    Crazy Horse's Vision
    by Joseph Bruchac

    A story based on the life of the dedicated young Lakota boy who grew up to be one of the bravest defenders of his people.

    star rating 40 pages
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    Jimmy the Greatest!
    by Jairo Buitrago, Rafael Yockteng, Elisa Amado

    Inspired by Muhammad Ali, Jimmy starts training to become a boxer, and while his future looks bright, he decides leaving his small town for big matches might not be the best option for him.

    star rating 48 pages
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    Hannah's Way
    by Linda Glaser, Adam Gustavson

    In rural Minnesota in 1932, Hannah, a young orthodox Jewish girl, deals with being the new girl in class.

    star rating 32 pages
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    Same, Same But Different
    by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

    Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school. Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Same, same. But different! Through an inviting point-of-view and colorful, vivid illustrations, this story shows how two boys living oceans apart can be the best of friends.

    star rating 40 pages
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    The Ugly Vegetables
    by Grace Lin

    A little girl thinks her mother's garden is the ugliest in the neighborhood until she discovers that flowers might look and smell pretty but Chinese vegetable soup smells best of all. Includes a recipe.

    star rating 32 pages
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    When Grandmama Sings
    by Margaree King Mitchell

    "Belle, tonight was special. I could feel all of those folks with me. I want us to feel this way all the time. I want to sing in a place where black people and white people aren't kept apart," Grandmama said. "That's the kind of world I want for you." When Grandmama Coles gets a big chance, Belle gets one, too. Belle's going to spend the summer touring the South with Grandmama and a swing jazz band!

    star rating 40 pages
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    Babushka Baba Yaga
    by Patricia Polacco

    The villagers are afraid of her, so the legendary Baba Yaga disguises herself as an old woman in order to know the joys of being a grandmother.

    star rating 32 pages
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    Let's Go See Papa!
    by Lawrence Schimel, illus. by Alba Marina Rivera, Elisa Amado

    A girl whose father emigrated in search of work writes in her diary about how much she misses him and how happy she is when she learns that the family will be reunited.

    star rating 48 pages
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    The Skin You Live In
    by Michael Tyler, David Lee Csicsko

    Rhyming verse describes the diversity of skin color, promotes self-esteem, and explores how children can be both unique and similar at the same time.

    star rating 32 pages
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    The Matatu
    by Eric Walters, Eva Campbell

    A young boy takes a ride on the matatu bus with his grandfather for his fifth birthday, and along the way his grandfather tells him the story of why dogs chase the bus, goats run from it, and sheep pay no attention to it.

    star rating 32 pages
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    Maria Had a Little Llama / María tenía una llamita
    by Anna Dewdney

    In this bilingual version of the classic rhyme, Maria takes her llama to school one day.

    star rating 28 pages
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    The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred
    by Samantha R. Vamos

    A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are woven throughout the text.

    star rating 32 pages
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    I See the Sun in Myanmar/Burma
    by Dedie King

    I See the Sun in Myanmar/Burma is the sixth book in the award-winning I See the Sun series. Aye Aye's family lives in a town on the Irawaddy River. Her mother is a nurse in a nearby hospital and her father is a fisherman. The story also provides an elementary introduction to Buddhist culture and the tradition of metta, a practice of saying phrases of loving-kindness.

    star rating 40 pages