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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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Nusaiba and the 5th grade bullies

2016

by Asmaa Hussein and Zul Lee

Nusaiba is excited about school – especially show and tell! But after hearing a mean comment in the school hallway about what her mother is wearing, Nusaiba slumps at her desk all day. Through a fantastical journey of adventure and self-discovery, Nusaiba gains the confidence necessary to embrace her identity and stand up for herself. An exciting and engaging book about self-acceptance and the importance of standing up to bullying. --publisher's site

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Basirah the basketballer says Insha’ Allah

by Hafsah Dabiri

Basirah loves basketball. Her heart is set on becoming the captain of her basketball team! Will saying "Insha'Allah" make her dreams come true? An exciting story about trusting in God and good sportsmanship! --publisher's site

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Bismillah soup!

by Asmaa Hussein and Amina Khan

A spinoff of the classic Stone Soup folktale, Bismillah Soup is a story about Hasan, a young Somali boy who ventures out to prepare a delicious feast for his mother. With a little bit of elbow grease, a lot of trust in God and the help of his friends and neighbours, Hasan quickly turns his idea into a magnificent plan and gathers the entire community together for a spectacular feast at the local mosque. Hasan's journey is full of unexpected twists and turns that lead him down a path of discovering what community, generosity and reliance on God truly mean.

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Love is in the hair

2015

by Syrus Marcus Ware

Carter's up in the middle of the night, too excited to sleep: her baby sister is being born! She asks her Uncle Marcus to tell her some soothing stories about the beautiful things in his dreadlocks so she can relax and rest. --Page 4 of cover

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Joey and Grandpa Johnson’s day in Rondo

2018

by Artika R. Tyner, Pamela R. Fletcher and Broderick Poole

Joey grew up in the historic African American neighborhood known as Rondo during the 1940's. On his weekly Saturday adventure with his grandpa, he learns about the rich culture heritage of his community and the power of entrepreneurship. Rondo was a thriving African American community with doctors, lawyers, dentists, restaurants, and retail shops.

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