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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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The forever tree

2015

by Asmaa Hussein, Heather Greenwood and Mohámed Osama Kamal

In the midst of a cold, gloomy winter day, Zainab and her classmates long for the full bloom and radiant warmth of summer. They all miss the hot sun, the full trees, and the outdoor adventures that summer brings. While they take turns describing their favourite trees and pastimes, Zainab listens attentively. She decides she has a completely different tree in mind – a tree unlike any other. A tree that can be found in only one place: Paradise. --publisher's site

Beautiful Life Cross Group

Alana’s bananas

by Mariam Hussein

From the moment Alana could eat solid foods as a toddler, she has loved bananas. No other food will do! Her parents try to convince her that being healthy means eating all sorts of different foods, but Alana won't listen! When a terrible storm hits the banana crops and destroys them, how will Alana survive? --publisher's site

Any Child

Nusaiba and the 5th grade bullies

2016

by Asmaa Hussein and Zul Lee

Nusaiba is excited about school – especially show and tell! But after hearing a mean comment in the school hallway about what her mother is wearing, Nusaiba slumps at her desk all day. Through a fantastical journey of adventure and self-discovery, Nusaiba gains the confidence necessary to embrace her identity and stand up for herself. An exciting and engaging book about self-acceptance and the importance of standing up to bullying. --publisher's site

Beautiful Life Cross Group

Zaid and the gigantic cloud

by Helal Musleh

Zaid is excited to go on a camping trip with his cousin Ahmed. Just as he's getting his bag ready, he receives the news that Ahmed is sick and the camping trip is cancelled. Disappointment sets in and Zaid's day gets gloomier by the minute! What will make Zaid's gloomy day bright again? --publisher's site

Any Child

Moondragon in the mosque garden

2017

by El-Farouk Khaki, Kate Commodore and Troy Jackson

Tajalli, Mujtaba, and Aasiya just want a break from adult conversations. They go to check out the old garden in their new mosque building, and end up making a new friend and learning an important lesson about caring for the earth. |cBack cover

Beautiful Life

Yasmine’s belly button

2015

by Asmaa Hussein and Charity Russell

It’s Yasmine’s first day of school and she has butterflies in her tummy! Speaking of her tummy, what’s that little round thing on it called again? And what is it for anyway? A touching story that explores the depth of love in a mother-daughter relationship, all told through the wild imagination of a 4 year-old. Along the way, little Yasmine discovers just how connected she is to her mom and all her new classmates. -- publisher's site

Any Child

Mr. Gamal’s gratitude glasses

by Asmaa Hussein

Mr. Gamal’s students are grumpy. He wishes he could help them look at their lives more positively! After a visit to the dollar store, an idea strikes Mr. Gamal like a bolt of lightning: Gratitude Glasses! Will these special spectacles help his students see things they couldn’t see before? We love the idea of a kid's book that emphasizes gratitude! Whether from an Islamic perspective, or a more secular one, this book will get your kids thinking about what it means to be grateful. --publisher's site

Any Child Cross Group

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