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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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Julián is a mermaid

2018

by Jessica Love

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

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Jorge and the lost cookie jar

2017

by Marta Arroyo and Penny Weber

It's moving day. After a long morning of chores and unpacking, Jorge and his family--brother, sisters, mom and dad, and grandparents--have eaten a quick lunch, then gone back to emptying boxes. Soon Jorge is ready for a cookie break. But where is the cookie jar? Jorge sets out to find this family treasure, and the cookies he hopes it contains. Checking with family members one by one, he conducts a thorough search of the new house. Jorge finally finds the cookie jar and discovers how it got to its surprising location. This story contains 14 Spanish words and short phrases, which appear in blue. For help pronouncing them, or understanding what they mean, a glossary is provided following the story.

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Danza!

2017

by Duncan Tonatiuh

A celebration of the life of Amalia Hernandez, dancer and founder of El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, and of the rich history of dance in Mexico. As a child, Amalia always thought she would grow up to be a teacher, until she saw a performance of dancers in her town square. She was fascinated by the way the dancers twirled and swayed, and she knew that someday she would be a dancer, too. She began to study many different types of dance, including ballet and modern, under some of the best teachers in the world. Hernandez traveled throughout Mexico studying and learning regional dances. Soon she founded her own dance company where she integrated her knowledge of ballet and modern dance with folkloric dances. The group began to perform all over the world, becoming an international sensation that still tours today. Tonatiuh's distinctive Mixtec-inspired artwork and colorful drawings leap off the page. --Provided by publisher

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