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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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Sing a Song

2019

by Kelly Starling Lyons and Keith Mallett

"In Jacksonville, Florida, two brothers, one of them the principal of a segregated, all-black school, wrote the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” so his students could sing it for a tribute to Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in 1900. From that moment on, the song has provided inspiration and solace for generations of Black families. Mothers and fathers passed it on to their children who sang it to their children and grandchildren. Known as the Black National Anthem, it has been sung during major moments of the Civil Rights Movement and at family gatherings and college graduations." --publisher

Beautiful Life Folklore Oppression & Resilience

I am Hua Mulan

2019

by Wenjun Qin and Yu Rong

"A girl retells the story of the legendary female warrior she admires, who long ago fought bravely to protect her people. Hua Mulan learned from her father to ride horses and fight with a spear. When her people were under attack, the army needed more men. To spare her ailing father, Mulan disguised herself as a man and rode off to war. Mulan’s bravery and skills won her wide acclaim, but her true identity was never revealed. When the war ended, Mulan returned home to find her family safe and happy." -- publisher

Folklore

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

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

The farmer’s wife

2016

by Idries Shah and Rose Mary Santiago

This is a cumulative tale of a woman’s efforts to retrieve an apple from a hole in the ground. Children will enjoy learning the highly predictable lines by heart. But when a surprise event changes the direction of the tale, their expectations will be jolted in a most amusing way, and they will have learned its valuable lessons about the nature of problem solving and discovery. This is one of the many hundreds of traditional stories collected by Afghan author and educator Idries Shah from oral and written sources throughout Afghanistan and surrounding areas.--publisher

Folklore

The old woman and the eagle

2016

by Idries Shah and Natasha Delmar

In this amusing story, an old woman encounters an eagle for the first time. Perplexed by its unfamiliar appearance, she decides to change it to suit her own ideas of what a bird should look like. Her efforts mirror a common pattern of human thought: altering the unfamiliar to make it acceptable. This tale is specially presented for children by the author and educator Idries Shah, who, for more than 30 years, collected stories from the Sufi tradition from oral and written sources. Told since ancient times throughout Central Asia and the Middle East, such tales are used to help foster greater mental flexibility and insight in people of all ages.. -- publisher

Folklore Incidental

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