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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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Going to Mecca

2012

by Na'íma bint Robert and Valentina Cavallini

We are led on the journey of a lifetime to the city of Mecca--the pilgrimage known to Muslims as the Hajj. The pilgrims walk with heads bare and feet in sandals; they call to Allah; they kiss or point to the Black Stone, as the Prophet did. Arriving at Mecca, they surge round the Ka'aba, shave their heads and travel to Mount Arafat. Finally, though their bodies are tired and aching, their spirits are uplifted, knowing that with thousands of others they have performed the sacred pilgrimage. This is a window on to a sacred journey for Muslims the world over --beautifully described and illustrated for younger children

Beautiful Life Race/Culture Concepts

The Great Migration

2011

by Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey. Gilchrist

Describes the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states

Beautiful Life Oppression Race/Culture Concepts

Cowboy up!

2013

by Bo Flood and Jan Sonnenmair

"Rodeo riders are honored athletes--skilled, smart, and tough. It takes brains, muscles, and a lot of practice to wrestle a racing steer to the ground or stay on top of a bucking, twisting bronco. Rodeo is the number-one most exciting sport out West. Not so sure? Take a look"-- Provided by publisher

Beautiful Life Informational Race/Culture Concepts

I'm a pretty little black girl!

2013

by Betty K. Bynum and Claire Armstrong Parod

I'm a pretty little black girl! introduces adorable Mia, who wakes with her hair "just-a-going every which-a-ways!" With her abundant energy and joy leading the way, readers follow Mia as she plays with her friends who are all shades, shapes and sizes. There's tall Kia, Keisha the reader, Charlotte her best friend, Dina Rose-Marie the artist, Imani the dancer, Anna who loves sports, Ruby the singer, and honey-haired Tracy. Mia finds that "Pretty" is within herself and her friends, and being pretty is way beyond what the mirror shows

Beautiful Life Race/Culture Concepts