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  Going with the Flow
Claire H. Blatchford (Author), Janice Lee Porter (Illustrator)
A young boy who changes schools in mid-year is angry, lonely and embarrassed by his deafness.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Gold-Threaded Dress
Written by
Carolyn Marsden
In Thailand she was named Oy, but in the U.S. they call her Olivia. Other things are not so easy to change. When Oy draws a portrait of herself, her classmate makes fun of her and calls her Chinese. And the popular girl Liliandra barely speaks to her, until she sees a photo of Oy's special Thai dancing dress from her grandmother, and wants to wear it. Oy risks shaming her family to win Liliandra's approval, as she searches for acceptance in a complex culture and learns to treasure all that she is.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
  The Golden Bracelet
Nonny Hogrogian (Illustrator), David Kherdian (Reteller)
Based on an Armenian tale, an indolent prince learns to weave beautiful golden cloth, a craft that later saves his life.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story
Rebecca Hickox (Author), Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)
An Iraqi version of the Cinderella story.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Goldfish and Chrysanthemums
Michelle Chang (Illustrator), Andrea Cheng (Author)
A young girl makes a goldfish pond and decorates it with chrysanthemums to remind her grandmother of the fishpond she had in China.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
  Gooseberries to Oranges
Barbara Cohen (Author), Beverly Brodsky (Illustrator)
A girl talks about her big move from her small village in Eastern Europe to the United States. Once she arrives in the United States, she is reunited with her father.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Granddaddy’s Gift
Margaree King Mitchell (Author), Larry Johnson (Illustrator)
In this story, a young African-American woman reminisces about her grandfather's determination to vote in 1960s segregated Mississippi. When a lawyer addresses a local gathering looking for volunteers to register to vote, the girl's grandfather is the only one to step forward. Granddaddy Joe braves racist taunts and passes a test on the Mississippi Constitution to become the first black registered voter in town. Fearful neighbors shun Granddaddy and his family, but when their church is set on fire, the black community unifies and joins Granddaddy in registering.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Grandfather Counts
Andrea Cheng (Author), Ange Zhang (Illustrator)
When her maternal grandfather comes from China, Helen, who is biracial, initially upset at having to give up her room, develops a special bond with him despite their age and language differences.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Grandmother's Dreamcatcher
Becky Ray McCain (Author), Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)
While spending a week with her grandmother, a young girl learns to make a dream catcher.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Grandpa's Town
Takaaki Nomura (Author), Amanda Mayer Stinchecum (Adapter)
A boy visits his widowed grandfather to convince him to come live with his family. After spending a day with his grandfather, the boy is relieved to know that his grandfather isn't alone or lonely.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
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