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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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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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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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Nana's big surprise

2007

by Amada Irma. Pérez, Maya Christina. Gonzalez and Consuelo Hernández

Amada and her family build a chicken coop, hoping that her grandmother, visiting from Mexico, will enjoy raising the chickens and be distracted from her grief at Grandfather's death

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From north to south

2010

by René Colato Laínez and Joe Cepeda

When his mother is sent back to Mexico for not having the proper immigration papers, José and his father travel from San Diego, California, to visit her in Tijuana

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