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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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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

Work and more work

2015

by Linda Little and Óscar T. Pérez

"Tom lives in the countryside in the mid 1800s, and he is curious that what is it like in the town, the city, and the world beyond? It's all "work and more work," everyone tells him. Determined to find out for himself, Tom sets off with a bit of bread and cheese in a bundle. His curiosity take him from town to town. He encounters crowded marketplaces, bustling wharves, and storms on the high seas. In China he sees how tea is made and in India he watches men make deep blue dye from indigo; in Ceylon he marvels at the skill of cinnamon peelers. Eventually he returns home with stories and gifts, showing his parents the riches to be found all over the world. This wonderful book includes an illustrated afterword about the different kinds of work mentioned in the story, work that was done when, in the days before steam, nothing moved except through the power of wind, water, and muscle" --|cProvided by publisher

Incidental

The wise dragon

2008

by Ruth Galloway

The wise dragon knows that Shan has always dreamed of climbing the faraway mountain. He also knows a way to make this possible. So with the help of his friends: a lucky unicorn, a determined tortoise, a clever phoenix, the wise dragon sets out with Shan thinks they can go no further, the wise dragon provides the perfect solution

Folklore

The stamp collector

2015

by Jennifer Lanthier and François Thisdale

A city boy finds a stamp that unlocks his imagination; a country boy is captivated by stories. When they grow up, the two boys take different paths--one becomes a prison guard, the other works in a factory--but their early childhood passions remain. When the country boy's stories of hope land him in prison, the letters and stamps sent to him from faraway places intrigue the prison guard--and a unique friendship begins

Beautiful Life

The house Baba built

2011

by Ed Young and Libby Koponen

"In Ed Young's childhood home in Shanghai, all was not as it seemed: a rocking chair became a horse; a roof became a roller rink; an empty swimming pool became a place for riding scooters and bikes. The house his father built transformed as needed into a place to play hide-and-seek, to eat bamboo shoots, and to be safe. For outside the home's walls, China was at war. Soon the house held not only Ed and his four siblings but also friends, relatives, and even strangers who became family. The war grew closer, and Ed watched as planes flew overhead and friends joined the Chinese air force. But through it all, Ed's childhood remained full of joy and imagination"--Amazon.com

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