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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

Beautiful Life Biography

My name is Celia

2004

by Monica Brown, Alicia Fontán and Rafael López

A bilingual portrait of the "Queen of Salsa" describes her childhood in Cuba, her musical career, and her move to the United States, and explains how her music brought her native Cuba to the world

Beautiful Life Biography

Zheng He, the great Chinese explorer

2015

by Jian Li and Yijin Wert

Follow the adventures of the great Chinese explorer Zheng He (1371-1433) during the renowned Ming Dynasty in this illustrated bilingual book. The young Zheng He dreamed of foreign lands, his imagination awakened by a porcelain vase his grandfather and father brought home from overseas. It became his goal to find this stunning cobalt colour but the road to fulfilling this dream was not a straight one

Biography

Pelé, king of soccer

2009

by Monica Brown, Fernando Gayesky and Rudy Gutierrez

Do you know how a poor boy from Brazil who loved futbol more than anything else became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known? Turn the pages of this book to read the true life story of Pelé, King of Soccer, the first man in the history of the sport to score a thousand goals and become a living legend

Biography

Are you an echo?

2016

by Misuzu Kaneko, Toshikado Hajiri, Sally Ito, David Jacobson and Michiko Tsuboi

In early-1900s Japan, Misuzu Kaneko grew from a precocious bookworm to an instantly-beloved children's poet, but her life ended prematurely and her work was largely forgotten. Decades later, her poems were rediscovered just in time to touch a new generation devastated by the tsunami of 2011. This volume includes a biography of Kaneko followed by a selection of her poems in both English and the original Japanese

Biography