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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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More-igami

2016

by Dori Kleber and G. Brian Karas

"Joey loves things that fold: maps, bed, accordions, you name it. When a classmate's mother turns a plain piece of paper into a beautiful origami crane, his eyes pop. Maybe he can learn origami, too. But it's going to take practice --on his homework, the newspaper, the thirty-eight dollars in his mother's purse. ... Enough! No more folding! How can Joey become an origami master if he can't practice? Happily, he finds a way--and perhaps a chance to make a new friend while he's at it"--Dust jacket

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Harry and Walter

2016

by Kathy Stinson and Qin Leng

Harry may be four and three-quarters and Walter may be ninety-two and a half, but that doesn't stop them from being best friends. But one day, a For Sale sign appears on Harry's lawn. Harry is devastated that he and Walter will no longer be neighbors. Harry's new house is bigger and better than his old one, but without Walter to share things with, nothing seems to be much fun ... until one day, Harry hears a familiar voice

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Lila and the crow

2016

by Gabrielle Grimard and Paula Ayer

Lila has just moved to a new town and can't wait to make friends at school. But on the first day, a boy points at her and shouts: "A crow! A crow! The new girl's hair is black like a crow!" The others whisper and laugh, and Lila's heart grows as heavy as a stone. The next day, Lila covers her hair. But this time, the boy points at her dark skin. When she covers her face, he mocks her dark eyes. Now every day at school, Lila hides under her turtleneck, dark glasses, and hat. And every day when she goes home, she sees a crow who seems to want to tell her something. Lila ignores the bird and even throws rocks at it, but it won't go away. Meanwhile, the great autumn festival is approaching. While the other kids prepare their costumes, Lila is sadder and lonelier than ever. At her lowest point of despair, a magical encounter with the crow opens Lila's eyes to the beauty of being different, and gives her the courage to proudly embrace her true self

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Ava’s adventure

2014

by Laura Pedersen and Penny Weber

"Disappointed that she can't go on a snowboarding trip with her friend, Ava escapes to her room, where she finds that the power of imagination and her own creativity take her farther than any snowboard could. At the same time, she learns that life's tradeoffs aren't always bad"-- |cProvided by publisher

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One world together

2013

by Catherine Anholt and Laurence Anholt

Take a trip around the world, meet children from lots of different places and peek into their lives. In this story about friendship across nations and cultures, one small child visits nine different countries to find a friend -- and ends up being friends with ALL the children he meets. Along the way he discovers how children live in other countries and the things they enjoy doing, learning both how their lives are different and how many of the things children enjoy throughout the world are the same. The countries featured are Brazil, China, Russia, Kenya, the Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, Morocco, and the United States

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