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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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A change of heart

2016

by Alice Walsh and Erin Bennett Banks

A young African American and the son of sharecroppers, Lanier Phillips escapes the violence, racism and segregation of his Georgia home by joining the navy during the Second World War. But tragedy strikes the USS Truxtun one February night off the southeastern coast of Newfoundland, and Lanier is the lone black survivor of the terrible shipwreck. When he arrives onshore, the community's kindness and humanity bring him back to health and change his outlook on life. He went on to march for black rights with Martin Luther King and remained forever grateful to the small town of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland

Biography Cross Group Oppression

My friend Jamal

2008

by Anna McQuinn and Ben Frey

A picture book story about a childhood friendship in which unfamiliar cultures meet. Playful visuals combine illustrations and photographs, and book recognizes the bond between two boys as well as sampling the differences in their lives. Different cultures. Fast friends. Jamal and Joseph were born in the same hospital in the same month...Joseph's best friend Jamal is Somali and his family has different customs and traditions from Joseph, but through their shared interests they remain close friends

Cross Group

The final game

2001

by William Roy Brownridge

Danny and his friends Anita and little Petou join a hockey team called the Wolves. Danny, who describes himself as having "a crippled leg and foot so he couldn't wear skates, " plays goalie and observes that Travis, the team hotshot, never passes the puck to Anita or Petou in practice or in games. Danny's brother Bob, star player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, advises the Wolves to play as a team. In the final minutes of the big game, Travis takes the hometown hero's advice to heart, passing to Petou for the final goal

Beautiful Life

No two snowflakes

2002

by Sheree. Fitch and Janet Wilson

One Christmas afternoon, Lou in Canada writes to Araba, his pen pal in an unnamed tropical country, to explain to her what snow is. In free verse, he describes it by moonlight, in the late day, and in the muddy spring. His catalog of enjoyments includes tobogganing; packing snowballs; and making forts, igloos, and snow angels- all activities that most northerners will recognize, but few tropical dwellers may picture without explanation

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