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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 place where you live

2015

by James Luna, Thelma Muraida and Gabriela Baeza Ventura

Simple rhyming, repetitive text describes "the place where you live," from the warm and sunny kitchen smelling of tortillas and hot chocolate to the yard, neighbors, school, library, and front porch

Any Child

Sunflowers

2009

by Gwendolyn Zepeda, Alisha Ann Guadalupe Gambino and Gabriela Baeza Ventura

After helping her grandfather plant squash, onions, carrots, cabbage, and other vegetables that her mother uses in soups and salsas, seven-year-old Marisol plants sunflower seeds in her neighbors' yards, and weeks later, everyone gets to enjoy the fruits of Marisol's labor

Any Child

Songs in the shade of the olive tree

2012

by Hafida Favret, Sheryl Curtis, Magdelaine Lerasle, Paul Mindy and Nathalie Novi

"Told [sung] in Arabic and Berber [and French], this collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia draws children into a musical journey across North Africa, from the Sahara Desert through the Atlas Mountains to the Mediterranean Sea. In 30 story- songs about everyday life, children learn of the importance of rain, the communal aspects of meals, and the consequences of inappropriate behavior ..."--Page 4 of cover

Beautiful Life

Songs from the Baobab

2011

by Guy Connolly, Chantal Grosléziat, Paul Mindy and Elodie Nouhen

"Representing 11 languages originating from Central and West Africa and brought to life with lavish illustrations, this collection's rhymes and lullabies soothe babies to sleep as the songs travel from one country and one language to another. Lyrics are reproduced in the original language and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song. The accompanying CD features 29 songs from 10 countries -- including Rwanda, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal -- each one unique in language and sound, recorded with indigenous instruments and exquisitely performed by women, men, and children. This delightful, enchanting production captures the staccato rhythm of the children's rhymes and the poetry of the language as well as a sense of the heritage and tradition of each culture"--Back cover

Beautiful Life

Songs from a journey with a parrot

2013

by Magdelaine Lerasle, Tim Brierly, Sheryl Curtis, Aurélia Fronty, Alice Machado and Paul Mindy

A collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes from Brazil and Portugal that explores the strong cultural ties that bind the two countries and presents the rich common heritage of songs about everyday life, work and play, and courtship and love. Features an accompanying CD with lyrics presented in Portuguese and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song

Beautiful Life

My village

2008

by Danielle Wright, Mique Moriuchi and Michael Rosen

In a new edition of this special book, 22 nursery rhymes from Iran to Iceland and Samoa to Switzerland have been carefully chosen and beautifully illustrated by Mique Moriuchi. A celebration of cultural diversity, each poem appears in its original language (19 languages are included) next to an English translation so young children can delight in quirky, touching and funny verses from all over the world

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