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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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Peach girl

2014

by Raymond Nakamura and Rebecca Bender

In this reimagining of a Japanese folk tale, Momoko is born from a peach to make the world a better place. Despite the rumors of a terrible ogre that lives nearby and eats children, Momoko bravely sets out with a pocketful of dumplings and the timid Monkey, Dog, and Pheasant to find out the truth for herself

Folklore

Little Kunoichi, the ninja girl

2015

by Sanae Ishida

"Little Kunoichi, a young ninja in training, is frustrated. Inspired by tiny Chibi Samurai's practice and skills, she works harder than ever--and makes a friend. Together, they show the power of perseverance, hard work, and cooperation when they wow the crowd at the Autumn Festival"--|cProvided by publisher. Includes facts about martial arts

Beautiful Life

Coco-Chan’s kimono

2010

by Kumiko Sudō

As Coco-Chan waits for her mother to finish sewing her new kimono, she falls asleep and dreams she is in a magical garden filled with extraordinary creatures. Includes instructions for making a paper kimono

Beautiful Life

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!

Race/Culture Concepts