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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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My first book of Hindi words

2016

by Rina Singh and Pharidā Jāmāna

Organized as an ABC rhyming book, My First Book of Hindi Words incorporates common Hindi words into charming English-language rhymes, beginning with: "A is for akash. A sky so blue where little birds fly and big planes, too," and on through "Z is for zukhaam. Achoo! I sneeze. I must have a cold. Mama, hug me please!" Full-color pictures illustrate each word and allow even very young readers to make their first foray into India's official language. A glossary at the end makes it easy for readers--including parents and teachers--to review what they've learned

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My first book of Japanese words

2013

by Michelle Haney Brown and Aya Padrón

Japanese is one of the most popular languages to learn in our multicultural society, and this book introduces it in a playful and gentle way. Organized in a familiar ABC structure, everyday words and expressions as well as words that have special significance in Japanese culture offer even very young children an enticing glimpse into Japanese daily life. This delightfully illustrated preschool book shows each word in Kanji and Hiragana as well as in Romanized form. Teachers and parents bilingual and English speaking only alike will appreciate the book's cultural and linguistic notes, while Kenji and his friends encourage young readers to join the fun!

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