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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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            Peach girl

            2014

            by Raymond Nakamura and Rebecca Bender

            In this reimagining of a Japanese folk tale, Momoko is born from a peach to make the world a better place. Despite the rumors of a terrible ogre that lives nearby and eats children, Momoko bravely sets out with a pocketful of dumplings and the timid Monkey, Dog, and Pheasant to find out the truth for herself

            Folklore

            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

            Beautiful Life Folklore