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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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Free as a bird

2018

by Lina Maslo

The inspiring true story of Malala Yousafzai, human rights activist and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, from debut author/illustrator Lina Maslo. When Malala Yousafzai was born, people shook their heads because girls were considered bad luck. But her father looked into her eyes and knew she could do anything. In Pakistan, people said girls should not be educated. But Malala and her father were not afraid. She secretly went to school and spoke up for education in her country. And even though an enemy tried to silence her powerful voice, she would not keep quiet. Malala traveled around the world to speak to girls and boys, to teachers, reporters, presidents, and queens -- to anyone who would listen -- and advocated for the right to education and equality of opportunity for every person. She would shout so that those without a voice could be heard. So everyone could be as free as a bird. Free as a Bird is the inspiring true story of a fearless girl and the father who taught her to soar--Amazon.com

Biography

My night in the planetarium

2016

by Innosanto Nagara

"From the author and illustrator of A is for Activist and Counting on Community. This time, Innosanto Nagara tells a true story from his childhood in Indonesia. It is a child's view of a particular place and time--but it is also an introduction to Indonesia, a story about colonialism, and a message about the power of creativity"- -|cProvided by publisher

Biography

Be the change

2016

by Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus and Evan Turk

"At Grandfather Gandhi's service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset, with work that is done for the good of all. The villagers vow to live simply and non- violently. Arun Gandhi tries very hard to follow these vows, but he struggles with one of the most important rules: not to waste"--|cProvided by Publisher

Beautiful Life Biography

Mahavira

2014

by Manoj Jain and Demi

"Imagine a world where no one gets hurt, a world where no one is teased or bullied, a world where there is no fear or anger. Long ago, in the faraway land of India, there lived a great spiritual teacher named Mahavira (which means 'very brave'), who imagined just such a world. This is the story of his life"--Jacket

Folklore

Mulan

2014

by Li Jian

"There was once an extraordinary girl who was as beautiful as she was brave. She knew how to read and write and sew. She loved to ride horses and shoot her bow and arrows. But it was the love for her family and her father that made her into a great soldier"--Back cover

Folklore