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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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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

Priscilla and the hollyhocks

2008

by Anne Broyles and Anna Alter

A young African American girl is sold away from her mother as a slave, and then later is sold to a Cherokee Indian, but eventually she is bought by a white man who not only sets her free, but adopts her into his family of fifteen children. Based on a true story; includes instructions for making a hollyhock doll

Cross Group Oppression

In a minute

2011

by Tony Bradman and Eileen Browne

Jo can't wait to get to the playground

Any Child Cross Group

The can man

2010

by Laura E Williams and Craig Orback

After watching a homeless man collect empty soft drink cans for the redemption money, a young boy decides to collect cans himself to earn money for a skateboard until he has a change of heart

Any Child Beautiful Life 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

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