14 cows for America / Carmen Agra Deedy and Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah. 2009. 327.676073 D3114f. Maasai tribal members, after hearing the story of the September 11th attacks from a young Maasai, who was in New York on that day, decide to present the American people with fourteen sacred cows as a healing gift.
Adelita: a Mexican Cinderella story / written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. 2002. 398.2097202 D419a. After the death of her mother and father, Adelita is badly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters until she finds her own true love at a grand fiesta.
Alia’s mission: saving the books of Iraq: inspired by a true story / Mark Alan Stamaty. 2004. 020.92 S783a. Based on a true story that happened in Basra, Iraq, in 2003. Iraqi librarian Alia Muhammed Baker, who, fearing looting and bombs, hid more than 30,000 books prior to the invasion of Iraq,
Almost to freedom / by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. 2003. Fic N4315a. The story of a young girl’s dramatic escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad, from the perspective of her beloved rag doll.
An Amish year / by Richard Ammon. 2000. 973.0287 A521a. An Amish girl describes a year in her life and the activities that fill it, from early spring through the following winter.
Bad news for outlaws: the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, deputy U.S. marshal / Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. 2009. OVERSIZE 363.282092 N431b. Coretta Scott King Award. This biography profiles the life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who was recruited as a deputy United States Marshal in the area that was to become Oklahoma.
Beatrice’s goat / Page McBrier. 2001. Fic M1193b. A young girl’s dream of attending school in her small Ugandan village is fulfilled after her family is given an income-producing goat. Based on a true story about the work of Project Heifer.
Black like Kyra, white like me / story and pictures by Judith Vigna. 1992. Fic V6783b. When a black family moves to an all-white neighborhood, prejudice rears its ugly head as the white adults behave rudely and children’s friendships break up.
The boy who harnessed the wind / William Kamkwamba. 2012. 621.453096897 K156b. When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba’s Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone’s crops began to fail. With no money for food or school, William spent his days in the library. Using a book about windmills, he figured out how to build a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps and later he figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes.
The caged birds of Phnom Penh / Frederick Lipp. 2001. Fic L7645c. A young Cambodian girl saves her money to buy a bird on which to make a wish for her poor family’s future.
Chee-lin: a giraffe’s journey / James Rumford. 2008. 599.638 R936c. Eighty years before Columbus, China sent ships to explore the world. The Chinese discovered many marvelous things, but one discovery stood out above the others: the chee-lin. This chee-lin was just a giraffe, but to the Chinese, it was an omen of good fortune so rare that it had appeared only once before-- at the birth of Confucius. In a storybook of chapters, in which each page evokes the richness of faraway places and long-ago days, James Rumford traced the chee-lin’s
Circle unbroken: the story of a basket and its people / Margot Theis Raven. 2004. Fic R253ci. A grandmother tells the tale of Gullahs and their beautiful sweet grass baskets that keep their African heritage alive.
Coming on home soon / Jacqueline Woodson. 2004. Fic W898c. After Mama takes a job in Chicago during World War II, Ada Ruth stays with Grandma but misses her mother who loves her more than rain and snow.
Cornrows / Camille Yarbrough. 1996. Fic Y26c. Coretta Scott King Award. Explains how the hair style of cornrows, a symbol in Africa since ancient times, can today in this country symbolize the courage of outstanding African Americans.
Coolies / Yin. 2001. Fic Y515c. A young boy hears the story of his great-great-great-grandfather and his brother who came to the United States to make a better life for themselves helping to build the transcontinental railroad.
The crossing / Donna Jo Napoli. 2011. Fic N216c. In 1805, Sacagawea, a woman of the Shoshoni tribe, helps Meriwether Lewis and William Clark find a passage to the West Coast, in this story told through the eyes of the baby boy on Sacagawea’s back.
Crossing Bok Chitto: a Choctaw tale of friendship & freedom / by Tim Tingle; illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges. 2006. Fic T589c. In the 1800s, a Choctaw girl becomes friends with a slave boy from a plantation across the great river, and when she learns that his family is in trouble, she helps them cross to freedom.
Dave the potter: artist, poet, slave / Laban Carrick Hill. 2010. 920.71 D246h. Coretta Scott King Award, illustrator, 2011. Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave, and a potter, who went on to become an influential poet and artist.
Dear primo: a letter to my cousin / Duncan Tonatiuh. 2010. Fic T663d. Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor, 2011. Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.
Dia’s story cloth / Dia Cha. 1996. 973.0495 C426d. The story cloth made for her by her aunt and uncle chronicles the life of the author and her family in their native Laos and their eventual emigration to the United States.
Diego Rivera: his world and ours / Duncan Tonatiuh. 2011. 920.71 R6214t. Pura Belpré Award, An introduction to the life, career, and influence of the Mexican painter Diego Rivera.
D is for drinking gourd: an African American alphabet / Nancy I. Sanders & E.B. Lewis. 2007. 973.0496073003 S2156d. Using the alphabet to introduce its contents, this book includes topic such as abolitionists, cowboys, Harlem Renaissance, and Kwanzaa.
Dzání yázhí naazbaa ̉= Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home: a story of the Navajo Long Walk / written & translated by Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie; illustrated by Irving Toddy. 2005. 979.10049726 P272d.
Each kindness / Jacqueline Woodson. 2012. Fic W898e. When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
Ellington was not a street / Ntozake Shange; illustrations by Kadir Nelson. 2004. Oversize 811.54 S528e. Coretta Scott King Award. Poet Ntozake Shange recalls a close-knit group of innovators who lived at a time when the color of their skin dictated where they could live, what schools they could attend, and even where they could sit on a bus or in a movie theater.
First day in grapes / L. King Pérez. 2002. Fic P4335f. When Chico starts the third grade after his migrant worker family moves to begin harvesting California grapes, he finds that self confidence and math skills help him cope with the first day of school.
Follow the drinking gourd / Jeanette Winter. 1988. Fic W785f. By following the directions in a song, "The Drinking Gourd," taught them by an old sailor named Peg Leg Joe, runaway slaves journey north along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.
For you are a Kenyan child / Kelly Cunnane; art by Ana Juan. 2006. Fic C9729f. From rooster crow to bedtime, a Kenyan boy plays and visits neighbors all through his village, even though he is supposed to be watching his grandfather’s cows.
Four feet, two sandals / Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed. 2007. Fic W7245f. Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief workers.
Frida: viva la vida! = long live life! / Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. 2007. 811.54 B528f. Pura Belpré Author Honor, 2008. Biographical poems about the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
Glass slipper, gold sandal: a worldwide Cinderella / Paul Fleischman. 2007. 398.2 F5965g. The author draws from a variety of folk traditions to put together this version of Cinderella, including elements from Mexico, Iran, Korea, Russia, Appalachia, and more.
Goin’ someplace special / Patricia C. McKissack, Jerry Pinkney. 2001. Fic M1588g. Coretta Scott King Award. In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.
Going north / Janice N. Harrington. 2004. Fic H299g. A young African American girl and her family leave their home in Alabama and head for Lincoln, Nebraska, where they hope to escape segregation and find a better life.
The golden sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella / Rebecca Hickox. 1998. 398.20956702 H629g. An Iraqi version of the Cinderella story in which a kind and beautiful girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsister finds a husband with the help of a magic fish.
Grandfather counts / Andrea Cheng. 2000. Fic C5186g. When her maternal grandfather comes from China, Helen, who is biracial, develops a special bond with him despite their age and language differences.
Grandfather’s journey / Allen Say. 1993. 1994 Caldecott Award. Fic S2738g. A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather’s journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.
Grandma’s gift / Eric Velasquez. 2010. Fic V434g. Pura Belpré Award, 2011 illustration. The author describes Christmas at his grandmother’s apartment in Spanish Harlem the year she introduced him to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Diego Velazquez’s portrait of Juan de Pareja, which has had a profound and lasting effect on him.
Hachiko: the true story of a loyal dog / Pamela S. Turner. 2004. 636.700952 T951h. Relates the true story of a dog who accompanied his master to and from a Tokyo train station for a year and, after his master died, continued to wait for him there every day for many years.
Hairs = Pelitos / Sandra Cisneros. 1997. Fic C579h. A girl describes how each person in the family has hair that looks and acts different, Papa’s like a broom, Kiki’s like fur, and Mama’s with the sweet smell of bread before it’s baked.
Hannah is my name / Belle Yang. 2004. Fic Y22h. A young Chinese girl and her parents immigrate to the United States and try their best to assimilate into their San Francisco neighborhood while anxiously awaiting the arrival of their green cards.
Heart and soul: the story of America and African Americans / Kadir Nelson. 2011. OVERSIZE 973.0496073 N4276h. Coretta Scott King Award. A simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.
Henry’s freedom box / Ellen Levine. 2007. Fic L66574h. A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
Home of the brave / Allen Say. 2002. Fic S2738h. Following a kayaking accident, a man experiences the feelings of children interned during World War II and children on Indian reservations.
I have a dream / Martin Luther King, Jr.; paintings by Kadir Nelson. 2012. 323.092 K537i 2012b. Presents illustrations and the text of the speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, in which he described his visionary dream of equality and brotherhood for humankind.
I lost my tooth in Africa / by Penda Diakité. 2006. Fic D5366i. While visiting her father’s family in Mali, a young girl loses a tooth, places it under a calabash, and receives a hen and a rooster from the African Tooth Fairy.
I love my hair! / Natasha Anastasia Tarpley. 1998. Fic T191i. A young African American girl describes the different, wonderful ways she can wear her hair.
I see the rhythm / paintings by Michele Wood; text by Toyomi Igus. 1998. 780.8996073 I24i. Coretta Scott King Award. Igus' prose poems and Wood's evocative paintings combine to give a succinct overview of African American music. The blues, ragtime, jazz, gospel, R&B, rock, funk, rap, and hip hop all come under scrutiny in free-verse poems that incorporate lyrics about and the rhythms of every style.
I, too, am America / Langston Hughes; illustrated by Bryan Collier. 2012. 811.52 H893i. Coretta Scott King Award. Presents the popular poem by one of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, highlighting the courage and dignity of the African American Pullman porters in the early twentieth century.
It’s back to school we go: first day stories from around the world / Ellen Jackson; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis. 2003. Oversize 371.002 J12i. In easy-to-read text, describes what the first day of school might be like for a child in Kenya, Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Peru, Germany, India, Russia, and the United States.
January’s sparrow / Patricia Polacco. 2009. Fic P762ja. After a fellow slave is beaten to death, Sadie and her family flee the plantation for freedom through the Underground Railroad.
Jazz on a Saturday night / Leo & Diane Dillon. 2007. 781.65 D5794j. Learn about this popular music form and hear each instrument play on a specially produced CD.
Knots on a counting rope / by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. 1997. Fic M3837k. A grandfather and his blind grandson, Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses, reminisce about the young boy’s birth, his first horse, and an exciting horse race.
Landed / Milly Lee; pictures by Yangsook Choi. 2006. Fic L4792L. After leaving his village in southeastern China, twelve-year-old Sun is held at Angel Island, San Francisco, before being released to join his father, a merchant living in the area.
Listen to the wind: the story of Dr. Greg and Three cups of tea / Greg Mortenson & Susan L. Roth. 2009. 371.0095491 M8877ℓ. After getting lost while trying to climb the mountain K2, Dr. Greg was rescued and nursed to health by the villagers, To thank the villagers he built them a school.
Long walk to freedom / Nelson Mandela. 2009. 920.71 M271ℓ. The remarkable story of Mandela’s long walk from ordinary village boy, to his dynamic leadership of the African National Congress and his struggles against apartheid in South Africa, to his many long years in prison and, at last, his freedom and astonishing rise to become the leader of his country.
Lord of the cranes: a Chinese tale / Kerstin Chen. 2000. 398.209510452832 C518h. To test the compassion of the people in the city, the lord of the cranes leaves his home high in the mountains and travels there disguised as a beggar, but only one man, the innkeeper, passes the test.
Louis Sockalexis: Native American baseball pioneer / by Bill Wise. 2007. 920.71 S67898w. A biography of Penobscot Indian Louis Sockalexis, who pursued his childhood love of baseball and eventually joined the Major Leagues, where he faced racism and discrimination with humility and courage as the first Native American to play professional baseball.
Many ways: how families practice their beliefs and religions / by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly. 2006. 200 R848m. Photographs show the differences and similarities in the ways people practice their beliefs.
Margaret and Margarita, Margarita y Margaret / Lynn Reiser. 1993. Fic R375m. Margaret, who speaks only English, and Margarita, who speaks only Spanish, meet in the park and have fun playing together even though they have different languages.
Marisol McDonald doesn’t match = Marisol McDonald no combina / Monica Brown. 2011. Fic B87943m. Marisol McDonald, a biracial, nonconformist, soccer-playing pirate-princess with brown skin and red hair, celebrates her uniqueness.
Mice and beans / by Pam Muñoz Ryan; illustrated by Joe Cepeda. 2001. Fic R989m. In this rhythmic cumulative tale Rosa Maria spends the week getting ready for her granddaughter’s birthday party and trying to avoid attracting mice--unaware that the mice in her walls are preparing for a party of their own.
Mirandy and Brother Wind / by Patricia C. McKissack; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. 1988. Fic M1588m, 1996. Coretta Scott King Award. To win first prize in the Junior Cakewalk, Mirandy tries to capture the wind for her partner.
Moonstick: the seasons of the Sioux / by Eve Bunting. 1997. Fic B9424mo. A young Dakota Indian boy describes the changes that come both in nature and in the life of his people with each new moon of the Sioux year.
Moses: when Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom / Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Kadir Nelson. 2006. 973.7115 W362m. Coretta Scott King Award. Describes Tubman’s spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one.
Mr. Lincoln’s way / Patricia Polacco. 2001. Fic P762mr. When Mr. Lincoln, "the coolest principal in the whole world," discovers that Eugene, the school bully, knows a lot about birds, he uses this interest to help Eugene overcome his intolerance.
Mufaro’s beautiful daughters: an African tale / John Steptoe. 1987. Fic S8376mu. Coretta Scott King Award. Mufaro’s two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
My Mei Mei / Ed Young. 2006. Fic Y687m. Antonia gets her wish when her parents return to China to bring home a Mei Mei, or younger sister, for her.
My people / Langston Hughes; photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr. 2009. 811.52 H893m. Coretta Scott King Award, illustrator, 2010. Hughes’s spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.
Nasreen’s secret school: a true story from Afghanistan / Jeanette Winter. 2009. 371.8234209581 W785n. Based on a true story. After her parents are taken away by the Taliban, young Nasreen stops speaking. But as she spends time in a secret school, she slowly breaks out of her shell.
The Negro speaks of rivers / Langston Hughes. 2009. 811.52 H893n. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. The famous poem, taken from The collected poems of Langston Hughes, illustrated with watercolors.
New clothes for New Year’s day / by Hyun-Joo Bae. 2007. 398.209519 B1391n.b A young Korean girl describes the new clothes that she will be wearing to celebrate the new year.
Night boat to freedom / Margot Theis Raven; pictures by E.B. Lewis. 2006. Fic R253n. At the request of his fellow slave Granny Judith, Christmas John risks his life to take runaways across a river from Kentucky to Ohio. Based on slave narratives recorded in the 1930s.
The Old African / Julius Lester; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. 2005. Fic L642o. An elderly slave uses the power of his mind to ease the suffering of his fellow slaves and eventually lead them back to Africa. Based on an actual incident from black history.
One hen: how one small loan made a big difference / Katie Smith Milwa. 2008. Fic M6628o. Based on a true story, tells of how a poor Ghanaian boy buys a chicken through a community loan program, which eventually helps lift him, his mother, and his community out of poverty.
Pink and Say / Patricia Polacco. 1994. Fic P762p. Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. Based on a true story about the author’s great-great-grandfather.
Planting the trees of Kenya: the story of Wangari Maathai / Claire A. Nivola. 2008. 920.72 M1119n. Founder of the Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai has encouraged people to repair their economy, land, and health with simple, environmentally friendly acts, such as planting more trees; she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her environmental and human rights achievements.
Rosa / Nikki Giovanni; illustrated by Bryan Collier. 2005. 920.72 P252gi. Coretta Scott King Award. The story of Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance.
The rough-face girl / Rafe Martin. 1992. 398.2089973 M382r. In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, the Rough-Face Girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for the affections of the Invisible Being.
Round is a mooncake: a book of shapes / Roseanne Thong. 2000. Fic T486ro. As a little girl discovers things round, square and rectangular in her urban neighborhood, she is reminded of her Chinese American culture.
Ruby Lu, brave and true / Lenore Look. 2004. Fic L8628r. “Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends.
Ruby’s wish / by Shirin Yim Bridges. 2002. Fic B8518r. In China, at a time when few girls are taught to read or write, Ruby dreams of going to the university with her brothers and male cousin.
Same, same but different / Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw. 2011. Fic K866s. Pen pals Elliot and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries--America and India--they both love to climb trees, have pets, and ride a school bus.
A school like mine: a unique celebration of schools around the world / Penny Smith and Zahavit Shalev. 2007. OVERSIZE 305.23 S6566s. Introduces children from around the world and discusses where they live, how they play, and what their schools are like.
Show way / Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Hudson Talbott. 2005. Fic W898s. The making of "Show ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author’s family.
Sister Anne's hands / by Marybeth Lorbiecki. 1998. Fic L865s. Seven-year-old Anna has her first encounter with racism in the 1960s when an African American nun comes to teach at her parochial school.
Smoky night / Eve Bunting. 1994. 1995 Caldecott Award. Fic B9424s. When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality.
A song for Ba / Paul Yee. 2004. OVERSIZE Fic Y42s. Story is set in the early parts of the 20th century, when Chinese immigrants to the Pacific coast struggled to keep the ancient art of Chinese opera alive
The story of Ruby Bridges / Robert Coles. 1995. 370.19342 C693s. For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
Taj Mahal / Caroline Arnold and Madeleine Comora. 2007. OVERSIZE 954.0257092 A752t. Recounts the love story behind the building of the Taj Mahal in India, discussing how it was constructed and providing information on Indian culture.
Take me out to the Yakyu / Aaron Meshon. 2013. Fic M5788t. A little boy’s grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, teach him about baseball and its rich, varying cultural traditions.
Talkin’ about Bessie: the story of aviator Elizabeth Coleman / by Nikki Grimes. 2002. Oversize 920.72 C716g. Coretta Scott King Award. A biography of the woman who became the first licensed female African American pilot.
Tar Beach / Faith Ringgold. 1991. Oversize Fic R582t. Coretta Scott King Award. A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author’s quilt painting of the same name.
Through my eyes / Ruby Bridges; articles and interviews by Margo Lundell. 1999. 920.72 B851b. Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.
Uncle Peter’s amazing Chinese wedding / Lenore Look. 2006. Fic L8628u. A Chinese American girl describes the festivities surrounding her uncle’s Chinese wedding and the customs behind each one.
Underground / Shane W. Evans. 2011. 973.7115 E9291u. A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger’s home. Where are they heading? They are heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.
Uptown / Bryan Collier. 2000. Fic C6988u. Coretta Scott King Award. A tour of the sights of Harlem, including the Metro-North Train, brownstones, shopping on 125th Street, a barber shop, summer basketball, the Boy’s Choir, and sunset over the Harlem River.
Wangari’s trees of peace: a true story from Africa / Jeanette Winter. 2008. 920.72 M1119w. This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.
When Marian sang: the true recital of Marian Anderson: the voice of a century / libretto [i.e. text] by Pam Muñoz Ryan. 2002. 920.72 A548r. An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.
Yatandou / Gloria Whelan. 2007. Fic W566y. Eight-year-old Yatandou lives in a Mali village with her family and neighbors. Daily they pound millet kernels for hours while dreaming of a machine that would free them from their pounding sticks. Yatandou must help raise the money for the, even if it means parting with her pet goat.
Yoko / Rosemary Wells. 1998. Fic W4559y. When Yoko brings sushi to school for lunch, her classmates make fun of what she eats--until one of them tries it for himself.
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