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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 spy called James


by Anne F. Rockwell and Floyd Cooper

This is the true story of James Lafayette, a slave who spied for George Washington's army during the American Revolution. But while America celebrated its newfound freedom, James returned to slavery. His service hadn't qualified him for the release he'd been hoping for. For James the fight wasn't over; he'd already helped his country gain its freedom, now it was time to win his own

Biography Cross Group Oppression

Wash day


by Barbara Hancock Cole and Ronald Himler

A young girl describes wash day, her favorite day of the week, when Miss Ett the washerwoman comes with her grandson Sherman and Grandpa tells stories and teaches Sherman to play music. On wash day, while Miss Ett does the laundry, Grandpa entertains the children by telling stories from his army days and playing his trumpet. This story shows how friendship can bridge the barriers of age and race

Cross Group Oppression