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Our intention is to acquire and make available ALL picture books featuring indigenous people and people of color published in the U.S. since 2002, including reprints. Inclusion of a title in the collection DOES NOT EQUAL recommendation. See our related readings page for suggested links for evaluating books.

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The thumbtack dancer

2017

by Leslie Tryon and Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Gus is a most promising, most energetic and most talented young dancer who figures out how to make enough money to upgrade his tip-a-tap thumbtack sneakers to a new pair of real tap shoes that could slap-a-dee-dap, slap-a-dee-dap on a real dance floor. He uses his public street dancing and thumbtack shoes to tap his way down the sidewalk and right up to the big red door of the dance studio

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A bike like Sergio’s

2016

by Maribeth Boelts

Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same. After all, when Ruben's mom sends him to Sonny's corner store for groceries, sometimes she doesn't have enough money for everything on the list. So when Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of someone's purse, he picks it up and puts it in his pocket. But when he gets home, he discovers it's not one dollar or even five or ten--it's a hundred-dollar bill, more than enough for a new bike just like Sergio's! But what about the crossed-off groceries? And what about the woman who lost her money?

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Chloe and her two red shoes

2013

by Shanequa Davis and Barbara Mason Rast

Chloe discovers a trunk in her mama's closet filled with hand-me-down clothes. On her fifth birthday she receives her very first pair of new, shiny, red shoes that she loves and never wants to take off. With a dash of fun and a splash of laughter Chloe begins a journey that will leave her deeply appreciative of the handed down treasures stored in her mama's trunk

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Last stop on Market Street

2015

by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things

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