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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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Not my girl

2014

by Christy Jordan-Fenton, Gabrielle Grimard and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Two years ago, Margaret left her Arctic home for the outsiders' school. Now she has returned and can barely contain her excitement as she rushes towards her waiting family -- but her mother stands still as a stone. This strange, skinny child, with her hair cropped short, can't be her daughter. "Not my girl!" she says angrily. Margaret's years at school have changed her. Now ten years old, she has forgotten her language and the skills to hunt and fish. She can't even stomach her mother's food. Her only comfort is in the books she learned to read at school

Beautiful Life Biography

Missuk's snow geese

2008

by Anne Renaud and Geneviève Côté

When her father agrees to teach her how to carve snow geese out of soapstone upon his return from a hunting trip, Missuk is thrilled with the opportunity to learn his great skill, but when a snowstorm blasts the area and her father is nowhere in sight, Missuk begins to fear the worst, in a moving tale set in the land of the Northern lights

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Little Dancer learns

2013

by Max Oliver

"Little Dancer wants to learn how to dance more than anything but first she has to learn about her different responsibilities. She talks to her mother, father, grandfather, sister, and brother, but will she ever learn how to dance?"--Back cover

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She sang promise

2010

by Jan Godown Annino, Lisa Desimini and Moses Jumper

Betty Mae Tiger Jumper was born in 1923, the daughter of a Seminole woman and a white man. She grew up in the Everglades under dark clouds of distrust among her tribe who could not accept her at first. As a child of a mixed marriage, she walked the line as a constant outsider. Growing up poor and isolated, she only discovered the joys of reading and writing at age 14. An iron will and sheer determination led her to success, and she returned to her people as a qualified nurse. When her husband was too sick to go to his alligator wrestling tourist job, gutsy Betty Mae climbed right into the alligator pit! Storyteller, journalist, and community activist, Betty Mae Jumper was a voice for her people, ultimately becoming the first female elected Seminole tribal leader

Biography Oppression

We feel good out here

2008

by Julie-Ann André, Tessa Macintosh and Mindy Willett

The story of Julie-Ann André, a Canadian ranger, mother, hunter, trapper, business owner, and student. She shares her family's story and that of her land, Khaii Luk, the place of winter fish

Beautiful Life Informational

Alego

2009

by Ningeokuluk Teevee and Nina Manning-Toonoo

The experiences of a young child as she and her grandmother go for a walk along the shore to gather clams for the family's supper. During the experience Alego finds many new and interesting animals and creatures that live the tide pools along the shore and grandmother teaches her the names of the creatures

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