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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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        Little Kunoichi, the ninja girl

        2015

        by Sanae Ishida

        "Little Kunoichi, a young ninja in training, is frustrated. Inspired by tiny Chibi Samurai's practice and skills, she works harder than ever--and makes a friend. Together, they show the power of perseverance, hard work, and cooperation when they wow the crowd at the Autumn Festival"--|cProvided by publisher. Includes facts about martial arts

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        Coco-Chan's kimono

        2010

        by Kumiko Sudō

        As Coco-Chan waits for her mother to finish sewing her new kimono, she falls asleep and dreams she is in a magical garden filled with extraordinary creatures. Includes instructions for making a paper kimono

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        The last kappa of old Japan

        2010

        by Sunny Seki

        In 1860s Japan, young Norihei saves the life of a kappa, one of the mythological beings who keep the water clean, and the two become friends, but changes brought by the Industrial Revolution force the kappa to leave, only to return when Norihei needs him most. Includes historical and cultural notes

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