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  From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
Written by
Jacqueline Woodson
Melanin Sun's mother, an African-American woman, tells him that she is in love with a white woman. Melanin feels confused and upset as he tries to understand issues about sexuality, racial identity and love.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
 
  From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
Written by
Jacqueline Woodson
Melanin Sun's mother, an African-American woman, tells him that she is in love with a white woman. Melanin feels confused and upset as he tries to understand issues about sexuality, racial identity and love.
[Grade Level: Young Adult]
 
  Frozen Noses
Jan Carr (Author), Dorothy Donohue (Illustrator)
Young children enjoy such winter activities as ice skating, making a snowman and throwing snowballs.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  The Generous Jefferson Bartleby Jones
Forman Brown (Author), Leslie Trawin (Illustrator)
A young boy shares his family with friends.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  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]
 
  Gettin' Through Thursday
Nneka Bennett (Illustrator), Melrose Cooper (Author)
Andre dreads Thursdays. Thursday is the day before Mama gets paid at work each week - and the day when money is tight and spirits are low for Andre and his older brother and sister. As report card day approaches, Andre is excited because he anticipates making the honor roll, and Mama has promised a royal party for just such an event. But to Andre's dismay, report card day falls on a Thursday. This is a tale of how, despite limited means, a single mother and her children find a creative way to celebrate a son's achievement.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
 
  The Giantess
Eveline Hasler (Author), Renate Seelig (Illustrator), Laura McKenna (Adapter)
A kind neighbor helps a giantess realize that her height is no obstacle to happiness.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
  A Gift from Papá Diego/Un Regalo de Papá Diego
Benjamin Alire Saenz (Author), Geronimo Garcia (Illustrator)
For Diego's birthday he asks his mother for a Superman outfit so he can fly to Mexico and visit his grandfather.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars
Floyd Cooper (Illustrator), Jean Merrill (Adapter)
Adapted from a story found on a twelfth-century scroll, a free-spirited girl is determined to be herself.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  Gloria Goes to Gay Pride
Russell Crocker (Illustrator), Leslea Newman (Author)
While marching in the gay pride parade with her two mothers, Gloria sees many familiar faces and learns that "love is the most important thing of all." Some people along the parade route hold signs that say, "Gays go away." One of Gloria's mothers explains to her that some people don't think two women or two men should love each other, but that the parade is held to help ensure that all people can feel pride in who they are.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
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