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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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    George Crum and the Saratoga chip

    2006

    by Gaylia. Taylor and Frank Morrison

    Growing up in the 1830s in Saratoga Springs, New York, isn't easy for George Crum. Picked on at school because of the colour of his skin, George escapes into his favorite pastimes--hunting and fishing. Soon George learns to cook too, and he lands a job as a chef at the fancy Moon's Lake House. George loves his work, except for the fussy customers, who are always complaining! One hot day George's patience boils over and he cooks up a potato dish so unique it changes his life forever. This spirited story of the invention of the potato chip is a testament to human ingenuity and a tasty slice of culinary history

    Biography Oppression

    My name is James Madison Hemings

    2016

    by Jonah Winter and Terry Widener

    Winter and Widener tell the story of James Madison Hemings's childhood at Monticello, and, in doing so, illuminate the many contradictions in Jefferson's life and legacy. Though Jefferson lived in a mansion, Hemings and his siblings lived in a single room. While Jefferson doted on his white grandchildren, he never showed affection to his enslaved children. Though he kept the Hemings boys from hard field labor instead sending them to work in the carpentry shop Jefferson nevertheless listed the children in his Farm Book along with the sheep, hogs, and other property. Here is a profound and moving account of one family's history, which is also America's history

    Biography Oppression

    Radiant child

    2016

    by Javaka Steptoe

    Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful

    Biography

    Lenny has lunch

    2010

    by Ken Wilson-Max

    Lenny Has Lunch vividly and simply portrays a charming relationship between a child and his parent. They prepare lunch together, play a game while waiting for it to cook, and then enjoy eating together ? and all the time their dog Wilbur is trying to join in. It's a situation that will be familiar to all, but the charming depiction of Lenny and his dad engaged in this ordinary activity is brought to life by Ken Wilson Max's bright colors and strong simple lines. Its portrayal of a dad in a domestic role is refreshing, as is the depiction of a delightful and characterful mixed-race child at the heart of the book. With it's short and evocative text, this book will provide young children and their parents and carers with much to discuss

    Any Child

    In a minute

    2011

    by Tony Bradman and Eileen Browne

    Jo can't wait to get to the playground

    Any Child Cross Group