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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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Songs in the shade of the olive tree

2012

by Hafida Favret, Sheryl Curtis, Magdelaine Lerasle, Paul Mindy and Nathalie Novi

"Told [sung] in Arabic and Berber [and French], this collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia draws children into a musical journey across North Africa, from the Sahara Desert through the Atlas Mountains to the Mediterranean Sea. In 30 story- songs about everyday life, children learn of the importance of rain, the communal aspects of meals, and the consequences of inappropriate behavior ..."--Page 4 of cover

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Songs from the Baobab

2011

by Guy Connolly, Chantal Grosléziat, Paul Mindy and Elodie Nouhen

"Representing 11 languages originating from Central and West Africa and brought to life with lavish illustrations, this collection's rhymes and lullabies soothe babies to sleep as the songs travel from one country and one language to another. Lyrics are reproduced in the original language and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song. The accompanying CD features 29 songs from 10 countries -- including Rwanda, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal -- each one unique in language and sound, recorded with indigenous instruments and exquisitely performed by women, men, and children. This delightful, enchanting production captures the staccato rhythm of the children's rhymes and the poetry of the language as well as a sense of the heritage and tradition of each culture"--Back cover

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Songs from a journey with a parrot

2013

by Magdelaine Lerasle, Tim Brierly, Sheryl Curtis, Aurélia Fronty, Alice Machado and Paul Mindy

A collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes from Brazil and Portugal that explores the strong cultural ties that bind the two countries and presents the rich common heritage of songs about everyday life, work and play, and courtship and love. Features an accompanying CD with lyrics presented in Portuguese and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song

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Día de los muertos

2015

by Roseanne Thong and Carles Ballesteros

"El Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is here--a holiday for celebrating the lives of departed family and friends. Altars are decorated with sugar skulls and marigolds. Tamales and sweets are ready to eat. Soon it will be time for picnics, music, and a costume parade! Come join in these joyful and vibrant festivities that are a tradition in Mexico and throughout Latin America"--Dust jacket

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Sequoyah

2004

by James Rumford and Anna Sixkiller Huckaby

While walking through a forest of sequoias, a father tells his family the story of the tree's namesake. Sequoyah was a Cherokee man who invented a system of writing for his people. His neighbors feared the symbols he wrote and burned down his home. All of his work was lost, but, still determined, he tried another approach. The Cherokee people finally accepted the written language after Sequoyah taught his six-year-old daughter to read

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