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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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Sequoyah

2004

by James Rumford and Anna Sixkiller Huckaby

While walking through a forest of sequoias, a father tells his family the story of the tree's namesake. Sequoyah was a Cherokee man who invented a system of writing for his people. His neighbors feared the symbols he wrote and burned down his home. All of his work was lost, but, still determined, he tried another approach. The Cherokee people finally accepted the written language after Sequoyah taught his six-year-old daughter to read

Beautiful Life Biography

Year of the Dragon

2014

by Ian Foutz and Madeline Miller

"Life wasn't perfect, but things were going pretty well for Jake Chandler. Then his dad moved the family to China for his new job, taking Jake halfway around the world and forcing him to leave everything he'd ever known behind. There doesn't seem to be anything for him in "the land of broken sticks" except for noise, loneliness, and confusion. But who knows? With the help of early morning tai-chi warriors, breakfast dumplings, and his Dutch neighbor Martin, maybe Jake can make this new life work after all"--Back cover

Incidental

Odetta, the queen of folk

2010

by Stephen Alcorn and Samantha Thornhill

An introduction to the life and career of the folk singer Odetta, which traces her Alabama childhood, early musical achievements and role in breaking artistic ground for other musicians

Biography

Game, set, match, champion Arthur Ashe

2010

by Crystal Hubbard and Kevin Belford

"A biography of African American tennis champion Arthur Ashe, a pioneering minority athlete known for his character, sportsmanship, and activism in social causes such as civil rights and HIV/AIDS awareness. Includes an afterword, author's note, and photographs"--Provided by publisher

Biography Oppression