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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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The Gandy Dancers

2015

by Vanita Oelschlager, Mike Blanc and A. Van Jordan

"With stunning illustrations that make history come alive, this book is an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about the tradition of American folk songs. This is a finely crafted look into the song and spirit that were the soundtrack for America's industrial revolution. Poetry and music come alive here from the past to the present ... Praise to the Gandy dancers of the world!"--Page 4 of cover

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A stork in a baobab tree

2011

by Catherine House and Polly Alakija

Set in Africa during the Christmas season, this is the story of a village preparing for a celebration - the birth of a child. The story is told in verse inspired by the traditional carol The Twelve Days of Christmas, but in this version by the author Catherine House the gifts are: 1 stork in a baobab tree, 2 thatched huts, 3 woven baskets, 4 market traders, 5 bright khangas, 6 women pounding, 7 children playing, 8 wooden carvings, 9 grazing goats, 10 drummers drumming, 11 dancers dancing and 12 storytellers. This is a Christmas steeped in the atmosphere of African village life, including descriptions of the objects and activities mentioned in the text

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