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Our collection of picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC) is available to the public. *Inclusion of a title in the collection DOES NOT EQUAL a recommendation.* Click here for more on book evaluation.


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Krit Dreams of Dragon Fruit

2020

by Natalie Becher, Emily France and Samantha Woo

"A beautifully illustrated, Zen-inspired picture book for children ages 4-8 about moving to a new home, making friends, and finding beauty wherever you are. Krit and his dog, Mu, love their beautiful home in Thailand—full of golden temples, colorful mountainsides, and endless adventures. Everything seems perfect until Krit’s mother announces they will be moving to the frigid city of Chicago. At first, Krit tries to adjust to this unfamiliar place, but he can’t do any of the things he used to love. Missing Thailand, Krit asks his mother to tell him a story about home. But instead of a story, she gives Krit a koan—a Zen riddle—to puzzle through. Krit wonders what the story about a blade of grass and Buddha’s smile have to do with home, but in solving the puzzle, Krit meets a new friend and learns that home is wherever he makes it." -- publisher

Beautiful Life Cross Group

The Girl Who Became Emperor

2020

by Jillian Lin and Shi Meng

"DID YOU KNOW that in the long history of China, there has only been one emperor who was female? Wu Zetian started out as one of the many wives of the emperor and worked her way up until she sat on the throne herself. Although she could be cruel, Wu was a strong leader who did a lot of good for China. While she ruled, its population nearly doubled. In The Girl Who Became Emperor, find out all about Wu’s fascinating life. Discover how she managed to become the emperor’s wife number one, take his place, and rule China for more than 50 years." -- publisher

Biography

Chinese new year wishes

2019

by Jillian Lin and Shi Meng

"It is Hong's favorite time of the year. His whole family celebrates. It is the Chinese New Year. In this beautifully illustrated book, children aged 2 to 6 will follow Hong as he and his family prepare for and celebrate the Chinese New Year Festival. They will also enjoy reading the story behind the most important celebration in Chinese culture. More interesting facts and questions for discussion are included at the back of the book. Written in English and Chinese, Chinese New Year Wishes is perfect as an early reader or to read aloud." -- back cover

Beautiful Life Folklore Informational

The Yeti and the Jolly Lama

2019

by Lama Surya Das and Vivian Mineker

"Themes of compassion, friendship, and the calming power of meditation weave through this Tibetan legend of a gentle hermit and a hungry Yeti, adapted into a children's picture book by American Tibetan Buddhist teacher and bestselling author Lama Surya Das. In this heartwarming story, a friendly old hermit faces a hairy, scary yeti. What happens next is the stuff of legends. Inspired by an authentic Tibetan teaching story, The Yeti and the Jolly Lama shows us how lovingkindness calms rage and friendship builds bridges." -- publisher

Folklore

Buddha Stories

2018

by Demi

"A collection of fables and teachings from the Buddha, compiled and illustrated with gold ink by award-winning picture book author Demi—now in paperback for the first time Throughout the ages, moral tales have been passed down from one generation to the next. Centuries ago in China, hundreds of parables were told by the Buddha to his devoted followers. His messages became widespread through fables adapted by famous storytellers like Aesop and La Fontaine. In this collection, the author has chosen ten of the most engaging classic tales from the Buddha's works. Compiled and illustrated by Demi, this wonderful collection of stories is sure to draw young readers into the ancient teachings of the Buddha, teachings that are as relevant today as they were over two thousand years ago." -- publisher

Folklore

Moon festival wishes

2018

by Jillian Lin and Shi Meng

"The moon is big and round tonight. Today is a special day for Mei and her family. It is the Chinese Moon Festival. In this beautifully illustrated book, children aged 2 to 6 will follow Mei as she and her family prepare for and celebrate the Moon or the Mid-autumn Festival. They will also enjoy reading the story behind one of the most important Chinese celebrations. Written in English and Chinese, Moon Festival Wishes is perfect as an early reader or to read aloud." --Back cover

Beautiful Life Folklore Informational

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