Collection: Cross-Group

Cross-group: Interactions Across Race and Culture

Here is a selection of books from our collection in the Cross Group category. Books in the Cross-group category are stories that portray interactions of named characters across racial or cultural difference, including those depicting same-age and cross-age friendships; the interactions depicted can be positive, negative, hostile or ambiguous. These titles are only a sample of what you can find in our full collection. To see more, use the filtered search on the left-hand bar: go to “Book-Category” and click “Cross Group.”


Ava's adventure

2014

by Laura Pedersen and Penny Weber

"Disappointed that she can't go on a snowboarding trip with her friend, Ava escapes to her room, where she finds that the power of imagination and her own creativity take her farther than any snowboard could. At the same time, she learns that life's tradeoffs aren't always bad"-- |cProvided by publisher

Cross Group

Ava's adventure

2014

by Laura Pedersen and Penny Weber

"Disappointed that she can't go on a snowboarding trip with her friend, Ava escapes to her room, where she finds that the power of imagination and her own creativity take her farther than any snowboard could. At the same time, she learns that life's tradeoffs aren't always bad"-- |cProvided by publisher

Any Child Cross Group


In a minute

2011

by Tony Bradman and Eileen Browne

Jo can't wait to get to the playground

Any Child Cross Group


Jamaica is thankful

2009

by Juanita Havill and Anne Sibley O'Brien

Jamaica's friend Kristin needs to give away her kitten. But Jamaica's brother is allergic to cats. Jamaica assumes this doesn't mean kittens too. But when her brother's allergies bother him before the football game, Jamaica must find a solution to the problem. She wants the kitten, but she also wants her brother to be healthy

Any Child Cross Group




My friend Mei Jing

2009

by Anna McQuinn, Irvin Cheung and Ben Frey

Monifa met Mei Jing on the first day of school and they've been best friends ever since. The girls have much in common, from their love of arts and crafts to their dream of becoming veterinarians. Monifa thinks Mei Jing's family customs are pretty neat, too, like getting red envelopes for Chinese New Year and eating with chopsticks

Cross Group


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