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Books in this category include some traditional and some non-traditional versions of stories and poems from around the world. Some of these tales convey life lessons; others are intended to delight and amuse the reader or listener. Some of the poems were written by children.
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  The Big Book for Peace
Ann Durell (Editor), Marilyn Sachs (Editor)
Seventeen stories, poems, and a song written by well-known authors describing many different forms of peace.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
  Black Is Brown Is Tan
Arnold Adoff (Author), Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)
First published in 1973, this book marked the first acknowledgment of an interracial family in children's book publishing. The lyrical text depicts an interracial home in which there is fun, security, and plenty of love. With an African American mother, the “skin color of chocolate,” and a Caucasian father, who's skin is “not white, but light in color with tans and pinks and all the colors of the rainbow,” this story blends colors in such a way that the beauty of this family truly shines through. In this 2004 version, McCully has updated the illustrations with watercolor paintings to show the brown-skinned momma, the white daddy, and the two children in a 21st-century setting.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  The Blue Jackal
Written by
Rashmi Sharma
An adaptation of a Punchtuntra fable with a message about feeling superior.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
  Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico
Verna Aardema (Author), Petra Mathers (Illustrator)
A folktale from western Mexico.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  The Brocaded Slipper and Other Vietnamese Tales
Vo-Dinh Mai (Illustrator), Lynette Dyer Vuong (Author)
Five stories from Vietnam.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
  The Brothers' Promise
Frances Harber (Author), Thor Wickstrom (Illustrator)
A retelling of a story found in the Talmud where two brothers keep a promise to their father and always take care of one another.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  Brothers: A Hebrew Legend
Florence Freedman (Author), Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator)
Two brothers live on opposite sides of a hill and are brought together during a crop shortage. This book stresses the importance of friendship and love.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
 
  Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse
Written by
Walter Dean Myers
A collection of thirty pictures of African-American children with original poems that celebrate their life and pride.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
  Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
Floyd Cooper (Illustrator), Joyce Carol Thomas (Author)
A collection of poems to remind us who we are.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
  Buffalo Woman
Written by
Paul Goble
A young hunter marries a female buffalo in the form of a beautiful maiden.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
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