Books in this category reflect the people of the world's nations, religions, and cultures, sometimes as a central feature of the story and other times as part of the story's background.
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All Books in the Cultural & Religious Groups Category
Iggie's House Written by Judy Blume This re-issue of Judy Blume's classic 1970 novel dealing with racism and housing segregation still strikes a chord. 11-year-old Winnie is quick to make friends with her new neighbors, the Garbers, who are the first African-American residents of the neighborhood (“The Garbers were black and Grove Street was white and always had been”). Winnie is distressed when another neighbor organizes a petition to pressure the Garbers into moving, and frustrated that her parents are initially ambivalent on the issue. Winnie tries to help her neighbors, and the Garber kids accuse her of befriending them only because she thinks it is “cool” to have black friends. The story has a positive resolution when the racist neighbor decides to move and Winnie makes up with the Garbers. [Grade Level: 4 - 7]
The Irish Piper Jim Latimer (Author), John O’Brien (Illustrator) The Pied Piper plays upon Irish pipes and travels from County Clare in Ireland to the village of Hamelin, Germany, to rid it of its rats. [Grade Level: 4 - 6]
The Iron Moonhunter Written by Kathleen Chang This is a story about the Chinese workers who through hard work and determination, built an incredible railroad. [Grade Level: K - 6]
Israel ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Israel Holly Schroeder (Author), Claudia Wolf (Illustrator) In this ABC tour of Israel, readers learn about the peoples, places and history of one of the world’s most ancient lands, including Bedouin people, the Dead Sea, Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, the Knesset (Israeli parliament), Palestinian people, Dead Sea Scrolls, Via Dolorosa (Street of Sorrows), Zionism and more. [Grade Level: 2 - 4]