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K-2nd Grade Books That Celebrate Cultural Diversity


Book Cover I Am Latino: The Beauty in Me
By Pinkney, Sandra L.
Pinkney, Myles C.
2007/07 - Little, Brown Young Readers
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The beloved husband-and-wife team celebrates Latino children in all of their various shades, cultures, and customs. Poetic, affirmative text accompanies the bright and striking photographs of children and uses the five senses to lead the reader on an exploration of Latino foods, music, language, and more. Full color.> ...More

Book Cover Bintou's Braids
By Diouf, Sylviane A.
Evans, Shane W.
2001/08 - Chronicle Books
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CCBC Choices - 2002
When Bintou, a little girl living in West Africa, finally gets her wish for braids, she discovers that what she dreamed for has been hers all along. Illustrations. ...More

Book Cover The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela: A Tale from Africa
By Kessler, Cristina
Jenkins, Leonard
2006/04 - Holiday House
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In the mountains of Ethiopia, a young girl named Almaz vows that one day her honey will be the best in the land. But the other beekeepers laugh her away and tell her it's men's work. Determined in her goal, Almaz decides to use her brains to prove them wrong. Full color. ...More

Book Cover My Great-Grandmother's Gourd
By Kessler, Cristina
Krudop, Walter Lynn
2000/09 - Orchard Books (NY)
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Fatima is thrilled. Her village has a brand-new pump. No more camels hauling water. No more storing water in baobab trees. Life will be easier and better for all. Well, almost all. Fatima's grandmother refuses to change her ways. She insists upon preparing the baobab tree, just as her mother and grandmother did before her. The other villagers think she's foolish, but she doesn't care. She has plenty of work to do -- and so does her granddaughter, who decides to help her. ...More

Book Cover Mama Does the Mambo
By Leiner, Katherine
Rodriguez, Edel
2001/09 - Hyperion Books for Children
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CCBC Choices - 2002
Sofia loved to watch her parents dance, but her father has been gone a long time now, and Sofia wonders if she will ever see her beautiful Mama dance again. The enduring nature of love and the depths of family relationships are explored in this masterfully crafted story that has a Cuban flair. Illustrations. ...More

Book Cover Sparky's Bark/El Ladrido de Sparky
By Chapra, Mimi
Escriva, Vivi
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In this bilingual book, a little Spanish-speaking girl resolves to learn English and finds inspiration and help from her new canine friend. Full color. ...More

Book Cover Little Night
By Morales, Yuyi
2007/04 - Roaring Brook Press
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2008 Golden Kite Reader Award- Picture Book Illustration Winner

As the long day comes to an end, Mother Sky fills a tub with falling stars and calls, "Bath time for Little Night!" Little Night answers from afar, "Can't come. I am hiding and you have to find me, Mama. Find me now!" Where could Little Night be? Down a rabbit hole? In a blueberry field? Among the stripes of bees? Exquisitely painted and as gentle as Little Night's dress crocheted from clouds, this is a story to treasure. ...More

Book Cover Yum! MmMm! Que Rico!: America's Sproutings
By Mora, Pat
Lopez, Rafael
2007/10 - Lee & Low Books
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2008 Américas Book Award Winner

This collection of haiku focuses on 14 foods native to the Americas and celebrates the fun of these foods as well as their origins. ...More

Book Cover My Colors, My World/Mis Colores, Mi Mundo
By Gonzalez, Maya Christina
2007/07 - Children's Book Press (CA)
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La pequeña Maya anhela encontrar colores brillantes, hermosos e inspiradores en su mundo … pero en el mundo de Maya, el desierto de Mojave, parece no haber otra cosa que arena. Con la ayuda de un amigo con plumas, busca por todos lados para descubrir color en su mundo. Finalmente encuentra lo que busca en el púrpura brillante de las flores de su madre, el verde fresco de un cactus, el rosado candente del atardecer, y el negro brillante del cabello de Papi. La atrayente narrativa del libro y las vívidas ilustraciones alientan a los pequeños lectores a observar, explorar y a descubrir los colores por sí mismos. >

Little Maya longs to find brilliant, beautiful, inspiring color in her world....but Maya's world, the Mojave Desert, seems to be filled with nothing but sand. With the help of a feathered friend, she searches everywhere to discover color in her world. In the brilliant purple of her mother's flowers, the cool green of a cactus, the hot pink sunset, and the shiny black of Papi's hair, Maya finally finds what she was looking for. The book's appealing narrative and bold illustrations encourage early readers to observe and explore, and to discover the colors in their own ...More

Book Cover Rhymes 'Round the World
By Chorao, Kay
2009/04 - Dutton Books
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Sweet and full of wonder, from catchy to quiet, childrenas poems captivate readers of all ages. Here, familiar nursery rhymes and folk songs join poetry selections from many traditions. Recall old favorites and discover new poems, from Poland to Mozambique, Japan to Mexico, and every corner in between. Cheerful illustrations capture the beauty of diversity the world over. ...More

Book Cover Talking with Mother Earth/Hablando Con Madre Tierra: Poems/Poemas
By Argueta, Jorge
Perez, Lucia Angela
2006/06 - Groundwood Books
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Tetl's skin is brown, his eyes are black, and his hair is long. He's different from the other children, whose taunts wound him deeply, leaving him confused and afraid. But Tetl's grandmother knows the ancient teachings of their Aztec ancestors, and how they viewed the earth as alive with sacred meaning. With her help, he learns to listen to the mountains, wind, corn, and stones. Tetl's journey from self-doubt to proud acceptance of his Nahuatl heritage is told in a series of powerful poems, beautifully expressed in both English and Spanish. Vivid illustrations celebrate nature's redemptive powers, offering a perfect complement to the poignant story. ...More

Book Cover Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
By Steptoe, John
1987/03 - Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books
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Mufaro was a happy man. Everyone agreed that his two daughters were very beautiful. Nyasha was kind and considerate as well as beautiful, but everyone -- except Mufaro -- knew that Manyara was selfish, badtempered, and spoiled.

When the king decided to take a wife and invited "The Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughters in the Land" to appear before him, Mufaro declared proudly that only the king could choose between Nyasha and Manyara. Manyara, of course, didn't agree, and set out to make certain that she would be chosen.>

John Steptoe has created a memorable modem fable of pride going before a fall, in keeping with the moral of the folktale that was his inspiration. He has illustrated it with stunning paintings that glow with the beauty, warmth, and internal vision of the land and people of his ancestors. ...More

Book Cover Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
By McDermott, Gerald
McDermott, Gerald
1972/05 - Henry Holt & Company
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In this traditional tale from West Africa, Anansi, the Spider, sets out on a long journey. Threatened by Fish and Falcon, he is saved from terrible fates by his sons. But which of his six sons should he reward? The color, splendid design montage, and the authentic African language rhythms forge a new direction in picture books for children. Caldecott Honor Book. Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. ...More

Book Cover The Korean Cinderella
By Climo, Shirley
Heller, Ruth
Heller, Ruth
1993/04 - HarperCollins
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Everyone knows the story of Cinderella, but not everyone knows the story of how Pear Blossom, the Korean Cinderella, is treated like a slave by her jealous stepmother and forced to perform three impossible tasks. With the help of magical creatures, Pear Blossom not only accomplishes the tasks, but she also becomes a nobleman's wife. Full color ...More

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By Delacre, Lulu
2006/03 - Rayo
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It's time for Carnival! Puerto Rico's most magical holiday is full of sights and sounds to explore. Rosi Coqui is determined to show her brother the best way to enjoy the parade, while Rafi has a plan to make his sister queen for a day! But when Rafi scares Rosi with his terrible "vejigante" mask, she decides it's time to teach him a lesson. Even a little sister has a few tricks up her sleeve--and it's all part of the mischief of Carnival!

Lulu Delacre's rafi and rosi was hailed by critics for "the teasing banter and tender rapport between the siblings" "(School Library Journal)." Here once again Ms. Delacre brings us a charming story of two Puerto Rican tree frogs who share the special bond of being brother and sister. Young readers will especially enjoy sounding out a sprinkling of easy Spanish words that add flavor to the stories ...More

Book Cover Tuck-Me-In Tales
By MacDonald, Margaret Read
Davis, Yvonne LeBrun
1996/01 - August House Publishers
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Around the world each night, parents tell stories to children as they put them to bed. Margaret Read MacDonald--a folklorist, storyteller, and children's librarian--uses bedtime tales in the daytime to end her story hours on a calm note. here she includes five of her favorites from around the world.Full color ...More

Book Cover Napi
By Ramirez, Antonio
2004/08 - Groundwood Books
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The joy of imagination permeates this beautifully illustrated, playful folktale about a young girl in Mexico whose dreams are based on her grandfather's stories. Full color. ...More

Book Cover My Mother's Sari
By Rao, Sandhya
Sabnani, Nina
2006/09 - NorthSouth
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One long stretch of cloth is what Mother always wears--"elegant yet so graceful. The mystery of the sari can be magic for a child, winding and weaving, just like the connection between a child and its mother. The style, the motifs, the interplay of children, colors, and textures, create the rich, mood-filled, and dreamy world of ...More

Book Cover I Live in Tokyo
By Takabayaski, Mari
2001/09 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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CCBC Choices - 2002
A tour of Tokyo, Japan, is given through the point-of-view from a seven-year-old girl named Mimiko, who leads readers through a year's worth of fun, food, and festivities in her life, month by month. Full-color illustrations. ...More

Book Cover Lebanon 1-2-3: A Counting Book in Three Languages, English--French--Arabic
By Boueri, Marijean Moran
Dabaji, Mona Trad
2005/10 - Publishing Works
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In French, English and Arabic, the gentle rhymes of this unique counting book take us through a Middle Eastern day. This is the first of two beautifully illustrated books about Lebanon from Marijean Boueri. ...More

Book Cover Peek!: A Thai Hide-And-Seek
By Ho, Minfong
Meade, Holly
Ho, Minfong
2004/09 - Candlewick Press (MA)
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From the creators of the Caldecott Honor Book "Hush!" comes this tender, noisy, and gloriously illustrated game of hide-and-seek in which Papa calls on all the creatures in the jungles of Thailand to help find his baby. Full color. ...More



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