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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 storyteller's candle

      2008

      by Lucía M González and Lulu Delacre

      During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood's first Three Kings' Day fiesta

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      Funny bones

      2015

      by Duncan Tonatiuh

      Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras-- skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities--came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings. They have become synonymous with Mexico's Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Juxtaposing his own art with that of Lupe's, author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man whose art is beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity. The book includes an author's note, bibliography, glossary, and index

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      My name is Celia

      2004

      by Monica Brown, Alicia Fontán and Rafael López

      A bilingual portrait of the "Queen of Salsa" describes her childhood in Cuba, her musical career, and her move to the United States, and explains how her music brought her native Cuba to the world

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      Me, Frida

      2010

      by Amy Novesky and David Diaz

      "Like a tiny bird in a big city, Firda Kahlo (1907-1954) feels lost and lonely when she arrives in San Francisco with her husband, the famous artist Diego Rivera. It's her first time away from Mexico. Frieda wants to be a painter, too, and as she explores San Francisco on her own, she discovers more than the beauty of America--she finds the inspiration to become one of the most celebrated artists of all time"--Back cover

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