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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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A thirst for home

2014

by Christine Ieronimo and Eric Velasquez

"Alemitu lives with her mother in a poor village in Ethiopia, where she must walk miles for water and hunger roars in her belly. Even though life is difficult, she dreams of someday knowing more about the world. When her mother has no choice but to leave her at an orphanage to give her a chance at a better life, an American family adopts Alemitu"--|cProvided by publisher

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Walking Eagle

2013

by Ana A. de Eulate, Jon Brokenbrow and Nívola Uyá

A Comanche boy named Walking Eagle tells tales without words, using his hands, his face, his smile, and his eyes to communicate with animals and the people of other tribes that he meets on his journey

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Maddy's amazing African birthday

2009

by Megan K. Williams

Maddy is given a surprise trip to Tanzania for her birthday and captures her journey through photographs, letters, and journal entries

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Friends

2016

by Aiko Ikegami

"A girl from a faraway place begins her first day at school. She doesn't speak the language and she looks different. She just doesn't fit in. But one day, she makes an unexpected friend a squirrel! Then a rabbit joins them. Soon the girl's fuzzy woodland friends are followed by human ones and school becomes more fun!"--|cProvided by publisher

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Big hair, don't care

2013

by Crystal Swain-Bates and Megan Bair

Lola has curly hair which is much bigger than that of other kids at her school, but she tells anyone who listens how much she loves her hair. Designed to boost self-esteem and build confidence, this book is aimed at boys and girls who may need a reminder that it's okay to look different from the other kids at their school

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