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1.   1-2-3 A Family Counting Book
Bobbie Combs (Author), Danamarie Hosler (Illustrator)
This book introduces numbers one through twenty while also introducing same-sex headed families and racial diversity to young children.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
2.   A Long Way to Go: A Story of Women’s Right to Vote
Zibby Oneal (Author), Michael Dooling (Illustrator)
Eight-year-old Lila's grandmother is a huge supporter of women's suffrage, but her father is a traditionalist. Lila tries to convince and educate her father about the importance of women having the right to vote.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
3.   A Very Special Critter
Gina Mayer (Author), Mercer Mayer (Author)
Little Critter discovers that the new boy in class who uses a wheelchair is really not so different from anyone else.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
4.   ABC: A Family Alphabet Book
Bobbie Combs (Author), Desiree Keane (Illustrator), Brian Rappa (Illustrator)
This book teaches the alphabet to young children while exposing them to different and diverse kinds of families and people.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
5.   Aekyung's Dream
Written by
Min Paek
A recently arrived immigrant child tells about the adjustment to an unfamiliar culture.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
6.   Africa Brothers and Sisters
Vanessa French (Illustrator), Virginia Kroll (Author)
A young boy and his dad play a question-and-answer game about people who live in Africa and the ways in which they are connected to them.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
7.   All Kinds of Children
Norma Simon (Author), Diane Paterson (Illustrator)
A story about the things that children all over the world have in common, including the need for food, clothes, people to love them and the opportunity to play.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
8.   All the Colors of the Earth
Illustrated by
Sheila Hamanaka
This book shows that despite differences in hair, eye and skin color, all children are loveable.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
9.   All the Colors We Are
Katie Kissinger (Author), Wernher Krutein (Photographer)
Photographs of diverse people illustrate the story of how humans get their skin color.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
10.   Almond Cookies and Dragon Well Tea
Cynthia Chin-Lee (Author), You Shan Tang (Illustrator)
A young girl visits the home of her Chinese-American friend and makes many discoveries about her friend's cultural heritage.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
11.   Angel Child, Dragon Child
Vo-Dinh Mai (Illustrator), Michele Maria Surat (Author)
A young girl adjusts to life in the United States after leaving Vietnam.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
12.   Arctic Hunter
E. J. Bird (Author), Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A young boy describes his life in Alaska, a life where ancient traditions and modern challenges meet.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
13.   Are You My Friend?
Janice Derby (Author), Joy Dunn Keenan (Illustrator)
While searching for a friend, a child notices how much people are alike.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
14.   Arnie and the New Kid
Written by
Nancy Carlson
Philip uses a wheelchair and has the challenge of being new to town. Arnie targets Phillip with acts of bullying and name-calling, until Arnie falls, breaks his leg, and finds himself temporarily disabled. As Arnie begins to understand and experience a physical disability, the two become friends.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
15.   Asha's Mums
Rosamund Elwin (Author), Michele Paulse (Author), Dawn Lee (Illustrator)
Asha is an African-Canadian girl who has two Mums. Her teacher is bothered by this but her classmates assure her that having two Mums is no big deal because they are a family.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
16.   Ashok by Any Other Name
Sandra S. Yamate (Author), Janice Tohinaka (Illustrator)
An Indian-American boy, who wishes he had a less ethnic name, experiments with new names until he finds the one just right for him.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
17.   Babushka Baba Yaga
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
A lesson in the power of love and in not judging others by their appearance.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
18.   Balancing Girl
Lillian Hoban (Illustrator), Bernice Rabe (Author)
Margaret, a first grader, is excellent at balancing things while in her wheelchair. She is excited for the school carnival because she has one of the best acts prepared.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
19.   Bein' With You This Way
W. Nikola-Lisa (Author), Michael Bryant (Illustrator)
Written in the form of an upbeat playground rap, this story tells about a young girl's exploration of the similarities and differences among her friends and adults in a neighboordhood park.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
20.   Best Best Colors
Eric Hoffman (Author), Eida de La Vega (Adapter), Celeste Henriquez (Illustrator)
This book teaches children about all different types of family structures. "Best Best Colors" describes an African American child and his life with his two mothers.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
21.   Big Brother Dustin
Carol Carter (Illustrator), Alden Carter (Author), Dan Young (Illustrator)
A young boy with Down Syndrome helps his family prepare for the birth of his new born sister. Dustin comes up with a perfect name for his new sister.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
22.   Brown Bag Ideas from Many Cultures
Written by
Irene Tejada
Ethnic art activities for children that teach traditional designs and techniques from a variety of cultures.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
23.   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]
24.   Carolyn's Story: A Book About an Adopted Girl
Written and Photographed by
Perry Schwartz
The story of nine-year old Carolyn, who was adopted from Honduras when she was a baby, told in her own words, illustrated with photographs.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
25.   Char Siu Bao Boy
Sandra S. Yamate (Author), Carolina Yao (Illustrator)
After being ridiculed by the others at school, Charlie abandons his favorite Chinese food, char siu bao, and tries to eat more "normal" things, but then he finds a way to convert his friends to the tasty dish.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
26.   Cherries and Cherry Pitts
Written by
Vera B. Williams
A young girl draws pictures and tells stories about her world.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
27.   Chester's Way
Written by
Kevin Henkes
Best friends Chester and Wilson have the same ways of doing things until a girl moves into town who shows them that different ways can be just as good.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
28.   Child of the Owl: Golden Mountain Chronicles, 1965
Written by
Laurence Yep
A young girl learns what it means to be both Chinese and American.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
29.   Chopsticks from America
Elaine Hosozawa-Nagano (Author), Masayuki Miyata (Illustrator)
A family moves to Japan and discovers what life is like in the land of their ancestors.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
30.   Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story
Written and Photographed by
Bernard Wolf
Text and photographs depict the joys and hardships experiences by a Muslim family that immigrates to New York City from Egypt.
31.   Cootie Shots: Theatrical Inoculations Against Bigotry for Children, Parents and Teachers
Norma Bowles (Editor), Mark Rosenthal (Editor)
For the young adult audience, "Cootie Shots" promotes tolerance and celebrates different races, cultural groups, classes, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ages, and appearances, in the form of poems, plays, songs and interactive performances.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
32.   Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome
Andy Bricky (Author), Jason Kingsley (Author), Mitchell Levitz (Author)
Two young men with Down Syndrome celebrate their successful coming-of-age and hard-won independence.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
33.   Courtney's Birthday Party
Ron Garnett (Illustrator), Loretta Long (Author)
A young girl is not allowed to invite her African-American friend to her birthday party.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
34.   Crow Boy
Written by
Taro Yashima
Chibi’s classmates dislike him because he is different, but a kind teacher appreciates Chibi’s unique talents and helps him gain friendship and acceptance.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
35.   Daisy and the Doll
Larry Johnson (Illustrator), Angela Shelf Medearis (Author), Michael Medearis (Author)
A young girl living in rural Vermont tells about an experience related to being an African-American student in a predominantly white community.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
36.   Daughter of Suqua
Diane Johnston Hamm (Author), Paul Micich (Illustrator)
A young girl and her family struggle to maintain their identity.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
37.   David's Drawings
Written and Illustrated by
Cathryn Falwell
A young boy draws a picture and enjoys having his schoolmates add their drawings to it; later in the day he enjoys creating another picture that is all his own.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
38.   Different Just Like Me
Written by
Lori Mitchell
A young girl notices that everyone looks different from each other, just like the flowers in her grandmother's garden. She learns that despite these differences, there are also similarities and everyone should be liked equally.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
39.   Double Trouble: A Story About Twins
Sarah Albee (Author), David Prebenna (Illustrator)
Although people may look alike, this book teaches children that everyone is unique.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
40.   Drita, My Homegirl
Written by
Jenny Lombard
Drita and her family come to New York as refugees from war-torn Kosovo. Even though she barely speaks English, Drita can’t wait to start school and make a new best friend. But her new classmates don’t make it easy, teasing her about virtually everything. The worst is Maxie, a tough African-American girl whose sassy attitude hides a painful secret. When Maxie takes things too far, their teacher assigns Maxie a paper on Drita and her journey to America from Kosovo. Suddenly, Maxie realizes she and Drita have more in common than she thought. And when Drita’s mother gets sick, there’s only one person who can help—Drita’s new homegirl.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
41.   Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas
Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (Illustrator), Michael J. Rosen (Author)
A young Jewish boy, Michael, is given a carved wooden angel at Christmas-time by his African-American friend, an old man in his eighties (based on an actual person—Elijah Pierce, a wood carver, lay minister, barber, and educator from Columbus). Michael is concerned that an angel may not be an appropriate gift for a Jew, but his parents assure him that it is a gift of friendship and that friendship means the same thing in any religion. In return, Michael presents his friend with a menorah he made and, for all eight nights of Chanukah, the menorah glows and sheds light on Elijah’s beautiful carvings.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
42.   Everybody Bakes Bread
Norah Dooley (Author), Peter J. Thornton (Illustrator)
A young girl discovers that although her neighbors come from several different countries, they all bake bread.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
43.   Everybody Cooks Rice
Norah Dooley (Author), Peter J. Thornton (Illustrator)
A child is sent to find her younger brother at dinnertime and is introduced to several ways to prepare rice.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
44.   Extraordinary Girls
Written by
Maya Ajmera
Profiles the abilities and achievements of girls from different countries and cultures around the world.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
45.   Families Are Different
Written and Illustrated by
Nina Pellegrini
An adopted Korean girl discovers that her classmates have different types of families.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
46.   Families: A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment and Love
Written by
Aylette Jenness
Photographs and text depict the lives of 17 families.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
47.   Felita
Ray Cruz (Illustrator), Nicholosa Mohr (Author)
A family experiences prejudice when they move to a new neighborhood.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
48.   Get Set! Swim!
Jeannine Atkins (Author), Hector Viveros Lee (Illustrator)
As the bus passes by the extravagant homes in the rival school's neighborhood, Jessenia doubts her abilities, wondering how she and her team can compete against the girls who live in these houses. When this young Puerto Rican-American girl competes in her first swim, her confidence increases with her first victory as her parents proudly watch.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
49.   Going Home
Written by
Nicholosa Mohr
A summer spent with relatives in Puerto Rico leaves Felita longing for the familiarity of her family and life in New York City.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
50.   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]
51.   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]
52.   Harry and Willy and Carrothead
Written by
Judith Caseley
Three boys overcome their prejudices and become friends.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
53.   Hats Off To Hair!
Virginia Kroll (Author), Kay Life (Illustrator)
Rhyming text and full color illustrations show different kinds of hairstyles for all different kinds of children.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
54.   Heather Has Two Mommies
Leslea Newman (Author), Diana Souza (Illustrator)
Heather feels bad in her playgroup because she is the only one with two mommies. She comes to realize that the only thing that is important is that a family loves eachother.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
55.   Hoang Anh: A Vietnamese-American Boy
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A story of a young man who successfully relates to two cultures - one old, one new.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
56.   Holly's Secret
Written by
Nancy Garden
Twelve-year old Holly decides to take on a new identity because she does not want the kids in her new town to know that her parents are gay. Holly becomes more and more wrapped up in her lies, and finds that keeping her two moms a secrets is no easy task.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
57.   How Butterbees Came to Bee!
Tania Bloch (Author), Lana Grimm (Author), David Michener (Illustrator), Donna Michener (Author)
When Bonnie Bee and Benny Butterfly fall in love and marry, they risk the disapproval of others because they are different. But their offspring share the gifts of both species and encourage readers to embrace differences.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
58.   How Humans Make Friends
Written and Illustrated by
Loreen Leedy
An elementary guide to making and keeping friends.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
59.   How My Parents Learned to Eat
Ina R. Friedman (Author), Allen Say (Illustrator)
A child tells how her American father learned to eat with chopsticks and her Japanese mother learned to eat with a knife and fork.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
60.   How to Cook a Gooseberry Fool
Marcia Vaughn (Author), Diane Wolfe (Illustrator), Robert L. Wolfe (Illustrator)
Recipes from eleven countries and an introduction that explains the role food plays in various cultures around the world.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
61.   I'm Like You, You're Like Me
Written by
Cindy Gainer
As an introduction to diversity, this book depicts the similarities and differences between children.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
62.   It's Not Easy Being Big!
Stephanie St. Pierre (Author), Sesame Street Staff (Author), John Lund (Illustrator)
Big Bird and Elmo show how it can be difficult to be big or small but how each can be positive.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
63.   Josh: A Boy with Dyslexia
Written by
Caroline Janover
Josh struggles to live down the stigma of his learning disability (dyslexia), and receive both respect and friendship from his peers.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
64.   Just Like Home/Como en Mi Tierra
Elizabeth I. Miller (Author), Mira Reisberg (Illustrator), Teresa Mlawer (Adapter)
A young girl shares her experiences of a new life in the United States by comparing those things that are similar to her old home and those that are different.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
65.   Kangaroo and Cricket
Written by
Lorianne Siomades
This book for preschoolers illustrates how the most unlikely pair still can share something in common. Uses colorful images and verse to help children celebrate similarities.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
66.   Learning Disorders
Written by
Jacqueline L. Harris
Discusses how the brain processes information and examines the emotional, biological, and physiological manifestations of various learning disorders. Personalized examples are given and activities and strategies are suggested to help students overcome their problems and improve their skills.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
67.   Lee, the Rabbit with Epilepsy
Deborah Moss (Author), Carol Schwartz (Illustrator)
Lee discovers that she has epilepsy. At first she is worried, but after she is given medicine to control her seizures, she learns that she can live with epilepsy.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
68.   Lily and the Mixed-up Letters
Deborah Hodge (Author), France Brassard (Illustrator)
When Lily was in kindergarten she enjoyed school, but now she’s in 2nd grade and doesn’t feel like she’s good at anything. The trouble is reading. Whenever she tries, the letters jump around and get all mixed up — and so does she. When Lily’s teacher announces that the children will read in front of their parents, Lily finally finds the courage to tell her mother about her problem. By working together, Lily’s mom, teacher, and friend help Lily understand that she has many strengths. With hard work and new confidence, Lily surprises everyone — even herself — when the parents come to hear the kids read.
[Grade Level: 1 - 3]
69.   Living in Two Worlds
George Ancona (Illustrator), Maxine B. Rosenberg (Author)
A photo-essay about the special world of biracial children.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
70.   Masai and I
Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator), Virginia Kroll (Author)
A young girl compares her life to the East African Masai people.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
71.   Meow Means Mischief
Ann Whitehead Nagda (Author), Stephanie Roth (Illustrator)
A young girl describes her move to a new neighborhood, the arrival of her not-so-favorite grandparents from India, and her adoption of a stray kitten.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
72.   Milly, Molly and Special Friends
Gill Pittar (Author), Cris Morrell (Illustrator)
Milly and Molly and special friends happily share their feelings, lying in the long grass on a summer day, a sincere tale of friendship and acceptance.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
73.   Molly's Pilgrim/Molly Y Los Peregrinos
Barbara Cohen (Author), Michael J. Deraney (Illustrator)
A story about a young girl who is not accepted by her classmates.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
74.   Moses Goes to a Concert
Written by
Isaac Millman
Moses goes on a school trip to an orchestral performance. To the surprise of the children, the percussionst in the orchestra is deaf, just as they are. Moses and the other students not only experience sound and music through vibration and sign language, but discover that they too can achieve anything they put their mind to.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
75.   Mountains to Climb
Jack Crompton (Illustrator), Richard M. Wainwright (Author)
A young boy leaves his home in the Andes Mountains to live in America with his aunt and uncle.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
76.   Mrs. Katz and Tush
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
The story of a friendship that bridges generations and cultures.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
77.   Muslim Child: Understanding Islam Through Stories and Poems
Rukhsana Khan (Author), Patty Gallinger (Illustrator)
Several short stories, poems, readings from the Qur'an, and a recipe, tell about Muslim children from a variety of backgrounds and places.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
78.   My Buddy
Audrey Osofsky (Author), Ted Rand (Illustrator)
Buddy, a golden retriever, is a special kind of dog. Buddy is teamed up with a young boy who has muscular dystrophy. Together they play ball, shop and take good care of each other.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
79.   My Day, Your Day
Written by
Robin Ballard
This book compares a child's day in a classroom with an adult's day in various professions.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
80.   My Friend Jacob
Thomas Di Grazia (Author), Lucille Clifton (Author)
A young boy tells about Jacob, who, though older and mentally slower, helps him a lot and is his very best friend.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
81.   My Name is Brian
Written by
Jeanne Betancourt
The portrayal of a boy who is frustrated by school work and struggles to hide his dyslexia from his friends until one of his teachers helps him to develop a new outlook.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
82.   Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam: Oasis of Peace
Ben Dolphin (Illustrator), Laurie Dolphin (Author)
The lives of two boys, one Jewish and one Arab, who attend a school in a unique community where Jews and Arabs live in peace.
83.   On the Go
Ann Morris (Author), Amy Cohn (Editor), Ken Heyman (Illustrator)
This book discusses the different ways that people and cultures around the world travel from one place to another.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
84.   Paul and Sebastian
Rene Escudie (Author), Ulises Wensell (Illustrator), Roderick Townley (Adapter)
Paul and Sebastian are told not to play with each other because their lives are too different. One day they get lost together during a rainstorm and become good friends.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
85.   Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About
Written by
Margaret Read McDonald
Folktales from around the world that invite readers to think about peace and how they can make it a reality.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
86.   Play Lady/La Senora Juguetona
Eric Hoffman (Author), Carmen Sosa-Masso (Adapter), Suzanne Tornquist (Illustrator)
Play Lady's house and garden are vandalized by an act of hate, and the diverse group of children who play there help the community restore the damage.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
87.   Rising Voices: Writings of Young Native Americans
Arlene B. Hirschfelder (Author), Beverly R. Singer (Author)
A collection of essays and poems that share the thoughts and feelings of young Native Americans.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
88.   Rolling Along: The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair
Jamee Riggio Heelan (Author), Nicola Simmonds (Illustrator)
This book describes the life of a boy, Taylor who has cerebral palsy. Taylor uses a wheelchair which allows him to be independent and do things for himself.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
89.   Rosie's Story
Written by
Martine Gogoll
Unhappy because the other students in her class make fun of her red hair and freckles, Rosie writes a story about how she feels and discovers that she is not alone.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
90.   Sara's Secret
Shelly O. Haas (Illustrator), Suzanne Wanous (Author)
Afraid of being ridiculed, a young girl doesn't want to tell her friends that her brother has cerebral palsy.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
91.   Shapesville
Andy Mills (Author), Becky Osborn (Author), Erica Neitz (Illustrator)
Shapesville is a small town where five friends of various shapes, sizes, colors, and talents discuss their differences and celebrate what makes each of them unique. Through simple, rhyming verse and bold illustrations, these characters show that "it’s not the size of your shape or the shape of your size, but the size of your heart that deserves first prize."
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
92.   Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle
Carol Schwartz (Illustrator), Deborah Moss (Author)
Shelley always feels so jumpy and jittery. After going to the doctor, Shelley learns more about why he behaves that way.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
93.   Siobhan's Journey: A Belfast Girl Visits the United States
Written by
Barbara Beirne
The experiences of ten-year-old Siobhan McNulty, a girl from Northern Ireland, who spent six weeks with a New Jersey family.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
94.   Skin Again
Bell Hooks (Author), Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
Celebrating all that makes us unique and different, Skin Again offers new ways to talk about race and identity. The book emphasizes the freedom that comes from looking beyond skin and learning to cherish our inner “treasures.”
[Grade Level: K - 3]
95.   Skull of Truth
Written by
Bruce Coville
A compulsive liar acquires a skull that forces him to tell only the truth. He experiences awkward moments before he realizes the full power of this skull.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
96.   Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace
Shelley Thomas Moore (Author), Eric Futran (Photographer)
Gives examples of ways in which people bring about peace by doing things to help and care for one another and their world.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
97.   Spaceman
Written by
Jane Cutler
Ten-year-old Gary, who is failing the fifth grade and has trouble getting along with the other students, tries to adjust to his learning disability and his assignment to a special education class.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
98.   Sparks
Written by
Graham McNamee
Last year Todd was the smartest kid in Special Needs; this year, he was promoted to the regular fifth-grade class, where they call him "Retardo" and "Braindead." He’s really trying to keep up, but he's in danger of being sent back to "Needs." Then a history project helps Todd to build his confidence and inspires him to use his secret strength–-imagination.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
99.   Sparky's Excellent Misadventures: My ADD Journal
Phyllis Carpenter (Author), Marti Ford (Author), Peter Horjus (Illustrator)
Sparky, a young boy with ADD, describes what it is like to have ADD. Sparky takes the reader on a journey as he describes how he sometimes gets into trouble at school and how after visiting the doctor he learns more about ADD.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
100.   Stop Picking on Me (A First Look At Series)
Written by
Pat Thomas
Written by an experienced psychotherapist and counselor, this picture book explores bullying in simple terms. It explores the fears, worries, and questions surrounding bullying and the dynamics in young children’s relationships. It encourages children to understand personal and social problems as a first step toward solving them.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
101.   Susan Laughs
Tony Ross (Illustrator), Jeanne Willis (Author)
Through simple ryhming phrases, a story is told about Susan, a young girl who uses a wheelchair. Susan never lets her disability hold her back as she swims, rides horses and plays with her friends.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
102.   Thank You, Mr. Falker
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
Trisha is overjoyed at the thought of starting school and learning how to read, but right from the start all the letters and numbers get jumbled up. Her classmates make matters worse by calling her “dummy” and “toad.” Then, in fifth grade, a new teacher sees right through the sad little girl to the artist she really is. When he discovers Trisha’s secret—that she can’t read—he sets out to help her prove to herself that she can. This autobiographical story is a personal song of thanks and praise to teachers who change the lives of the children they teach.
[Grade Level: 1 - 5]
103.   The Adventures of Connie and Diego/Las Aventuras de Connie y Diego
Maria Garcia (Author), Malaquias Montoya (Illustrator)
Tired of being laughed at because they are different, a pair of multicolored twins runs a way to ask the animals where they belong.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
104.   The Adventures of Sugar and Junior
Angela Shelf Medearis (Author), Nancy Poydar (Illustrator)
Two neighborhood children enjoy playing games, making cookies and going to the movies.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
105.   The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia
Diane Burton Robb (Author), Gail Piazza (Illustrator)
Learning to read is a great struggle for Adam, whose frustration grows over the course of his elementary school years as the demands become greater. "I can't do that" becomes his regular refrain, until Adam begins to discover that there are many things he can do well. With hard work and support, Adam's confidence gradually grows and he ultimately wins "The Alphabet War." The book includes information about dyslexia for adults.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
106.   The Courage of Sara Noble
Alice Dalgliesh (Author), Leonard Weisgard (Illustrator)
Sarah Noble and her father build a new home for their family in the wilderness. When Sarah's father leaves to go bring the rest of their family, Sarah learns to survive on her own and be strong and brave.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
107.   The Crayon Box that Talked
Shane Derolf (Author), Michael Letzig (Illustrator)
Although they are many different colors, the crayons in a box discover that when they get together they can appreciate each other and make a complete picture.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
108.   The Day of Ahmed's Secret
Judith Heide Gilliland (Author), Florence Parry Heide (Author), Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
A young boy's journey through Cairo, where old cultures and new ways of life co-exist.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
109.   The Don't Give-Up Kid and Learning Disabilities
Sandra DePauw (Illustrator), Jeanne Gehret (Author)
Alex, a young boy who has dyslexia learns about different learning disabilities.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
110.   The House I Live In: At Home in America
Written and Illustrated by
Isadore Seltzer
A description of the many types of houses built throughout the United States.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
111.   The Memory Box
David Cunningham (Illustrator), Mary Bahr (Author), Kathy Tucker (Editor)
Zach's gramps has Alzheimer's disease. Grmaps creates a "memory box" where he and Zach can write down old and new memories and keep them in their "memory box."
[Grade Level: K - 3]
112.   The Only One Club
Jeff Hopkins (Author), Jane Naliboff (Author)
Mrs. Matthews's first grade class begins making Christmas decorations, but because Jennifer is Jewish, Mrs. Matthews allows her to make Hanukkah decorations instead. Jennifer enjoys the attention and creates "The Only One Club," of which she is the sole member. When her classmates want to join, she is resistant until she realizes that each of her friends is also "the only one" at something. As she inducts them into her club she reveals the unique qualities that make each of her classmates extraordinary.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
113.   The Rabbits’ Wedding
Written and Illustrated by
Garth Williams
The reissue version of this 1950s classic tells the sweet story of two little rabbits who plan a wedding and live “happily ever after in the friendly forest.” It became the subject of controversy because it dealt with the marriage of a black to a white rabbit, and was removed from circulation in some locales for promoting racial integration. Though the book was never intended to be about race (Williams created rabbits of different colors so his young readers could tell the two apart), it can be used to normalize and celebrate interracial relationships.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
114.   The Sissy Duckling
Harvey Fierstein (Author), Henry Cole (Illustrator)
Elmer is a duckling that enjoys doing much different things than other male ducks his age. His father is ashamed and tries to teach him how to play sports, he gets bullied in school, and eventually decides to run away from home. Only when Elmer saves his father’s life and nurses him back to health that his father realizes that he should be proud of his brave son.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
115.   The Survival Guide for Kids with LD (Learning Differences)
Rhonda Woods Cummings (Author), Gary Fisher (Author), Pamela Espeland (Editor)
A book intended for use by young people with this disability. The book begins with the "Six Great Gripes of Kids with LD," the first of which is, "No one explains what LD is, so we spend a lot of time worrying about what is wrong with us."
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
116.   The Treasure on Gold Street/El Tesoro en la Calle Oro
Lee Merrill Byrd (Author), Antonio Castro (Illustrator)
Denise describes her neighbors on Gold Street, especially Isabel, who is an adult but still plays with the young children and holds her mother's hand to cross the street.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
117.   The Worst Speller in Jr. High
Caroline Janover (Author), Rosemary Wallner (Illustrator)
Starting out in the seventh grade, Katie Kelso finds herself trying to cope with her dyslexia and forms a friendship with a very bright boy at school, while she and her family deal with her mother's cancer diagnosis.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
118.   Thirty-Three Multi-Cultural Tales to Tell
Pleasant DeSpain (Author), Joe Schlichta (Illustrator)
Stories that celebrate the interconnectedness of people, animals and cultures.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
119.   Tico and the Golden Wings
Leo Lionni (Author), Joan Slattery (Editor)
Tico, the wingless bird, is granted his wish of golden wings. His friends don't accept him because of this difference until he begins to give away his golden feathers to people in need, replacing them with black feathers.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
120.   Two Eyes, A Nose and A Mouth
Written by
Roberta Grobel Intrator
Photographs of diverse people show similarities and differences and encourages children to celebrate what is unique and different about themselves.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
121.   Warren Is Wonderful
Annette L. Becklund (Author), Ray Gulzeth (Illustrator)
"Warren is Wonderful" celebrates unique and sensitive children and adults diagnosed with Autism, Asperger's, and other ways of being. The story--which is also a coloring book--conveys the need for understanding, validation, support, and unconditional love.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
122.   We All Sing with the Same Voice
J. Philip Miller (Author), Sheppard M. Greene (Author), Paul Meisel (Illustrator)
This picture-book version of the popular Sesame Street song embraces the idea that no matter what our differences we are all the same where it counts - at heart.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
123.   We Are All Alike... We Are All Different
Cheltenham Elementary School Kindergarten (Author), Laura Dwight (Illustrator)
A group of kindergarteners describe their similarities and differences in relation to their classmates.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
124.   We Are All The Same Inside
Written and Illustrated by
Timothy D. Bellavia
Using a multi-media format, children are introduced to Sage—an alien with no outside skin—who explores diversity and teaches that we are all the same on the inside. Information about doll workshops and instructional materials available at
[Grade Level: K - 3]
125.   What Do You Mean I Have a Learning Disability?
Kathleen M. Dwyer (Author), Barbara Beirne (Photographer)
This story is about a boy who feels that he is "dumb" because he has a learning disability, until he begins receiving tutoring and improves his grades. His story expresses all the feelings that most children with learning disabilities experience (fear, anger, discouragement, and lack of self-worth), and presents options for overcoming learning difficulties.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
126.   What Would You Do?
Katherine Altieri (Illustrator), Amarpal Khanna (Illustrator), Los Angeles Dream Dialogue, 1998-2000 (Author), Joanna Marcuse (Illustrator)
Three stories, each presenting a dilemma, written by California teens to assist younger children in resolving difficult life situations.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
127.   Who Belongs Here? An American Story
Margy Burns Knight (Author), Anne Sibley O’Brien (Illustrator)
Young readers are asked to explore the human implications of intolerance.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
128.   Who's in a Family
Robert Skutch (Author), Laura Nienhaus (Illustrator)
Family structures, both human and animal, are discussed and pictured.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
129.   Whoever You Are
Mem Fox (Author), Leslie Staub (Illustrator)
Even though there are many differences between people around the world, everyone shares feelings like love and joy.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
130.   Why Am I Different?
Norma Simon (Author), Dora Leder (Illustrator)
Differences in physical make-up, personality and culture are presented to give children an understanding of others as well as themselves.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
131.   Why Are Your Fingers Cold?
Joy Dunn Keenan (Illustrator), Larry McKaughan (Author)
Text and pictures show caring among family members.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
132.   Why Can't I Learn Like Everyone Else?: Youth With Learning Disabilities
Shirley Brinkerhoff (Author), Laurie Glader (Author), Carolyn Bridgemahon (Author)
Charlie Begay, an eighth-grade Navajo student in New Mexico who has dyslexia, describes his personal journey of embarrassment, frustration, and low self-esteem due to his learning disability. Included at the end of the story is factual material about learning disabilities, terminology, possible signs, diagnosis, the law, coping strategies, and success stories.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
133.   Why Did We Have to Move Here?
Written and Illustrated by
Sally J. Davies
A young boy has trouble adjusting to his new home and his new school, until he decides that he can make new friends.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
134.   Willie Wins
Carl Angel (Illustrator), Almira Astudillo Gilles (Author)
Willie's father tells him there is something special in an old coconut bank brought from the Philippines, but Willie is embarrassed to take the bank to school for a contest because he knows that one of his classmates will make fun of him.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
135.   Wings
Written and Illustrated by
Christopher Myers
Wings is the retelling of a myth that highlights the beauty and perils of being different. Ikarus Jackson is very different: he has wings and he can fly. But at school, his wings attract too much attention, and kids think he is 'showing off.' One girl realizes he must be lonely being the only one who has wings, and resolves to step in and stop the name-calling and teasing towards Ikarus.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
136.   Yoko
Written by
Rosemary Wells
When a young girl brings her favorite lunch of sushi to school, her classmates make fun of what she eats until one classmate tries it for himself.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
137.   You Be Me I'll Be You
Written and Illustrated by
Pili Mandelbaum
A brown-skinned girl and her white father experiment to see what it would be like to have the other's skin color.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
138.   Zipper, the Kid with ADHD
Caroline Janover (Author), Richard J. Powell (Illustrator)
Zach, a fifth-grader who has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, has trouble concentrating and controlling himself until a retired jazz musician who believes in him gives him the motivation to start trying to do better.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
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