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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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Funny bones

2015

by Duncan Tonatiuh

Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras-- skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities--came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings. They have become synonymous with Mexico's Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Juxtaposing his own art with that of Lupe's, author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man whose art is beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity. The book includes an author's note, bibliography, glossary, and index

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A picture book of Cesar Chavez

2011

by David A Adler, Michael S Adler and Marie Olofsdotter

"Cesar Chavez dedicated his life to helping American farmworkers. As a child growing up in California during the Great Depression, he picked produce with his family. Cesar saw firsthand how unfairly workers were treated. As an adult, he organized farmworkers into unions and argued for better pay and fair working conditions. He was jailed for his efforts, but he never stopped urging people to stand up for their rights"--Amazon.com

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Me, Frida

2010

by Amy Novesky and David Diaz

"Like a tiny bird in a big city, Firda Kahlo (1907-1954) feels lost and lonely when she arrives in San Francisco with her husband, the famous artist Diego Rivera. It's her first time away from Mexico. Frieda wants to be a painter, too, and as she explores San Francisco on her own, she discovers more than the beauty of America--she finds the inspiration to become one of the most celebrated artists of all time"--Back cover

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Nana’s big surprise

2007

by Amada Irma. Pérez, Maya Christina. Gonzalez and Consuelo Hernández

Amada and her family build a chicken coop, hoping that her grandmother, visiting from Mexico, will enjoy raising the chickens and be distracted from her grief at Grandfather's death

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