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  La Mariposa
Francisco Jimenez (Author), Simon Silva (Illustrator)
Francisco, an immigrant from Mexico and the son of migrant workers, has difficulty adjusting to first grade in a new school because he doesn't speak English and, to make matters worse, the class bully seems to have it in for him. Francisco becomes fascinated with a jar containing a caterpillar and fantasizes about flying out of the classroom like a butterfly and back to his Papa in the fields. Francisco’s interest in butterflies also inspires a drawing that earns Francisco a prize and the respect of his classmates. The author, who was himself held back in school because he did not speak English well enough, weaves Spanish, without translation, through the text. The author and illustrator are both immigrants who worked in the fields of California.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Lacrosse: The National Game of the Iroquois
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A photo-essay about lacrosse, its origins and connections to the Iroquois.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  Land of Hope
Written by
Joan Lowery Nixon
A young immigrant, arriving in New York City in 1902, almost abandons her dream of getting an education when she is forced to work in a sweatshop.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story about St. Patrick.
Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator), Sheila MacGill-Callahan (Author)
Before he becomes a saint, Patrick drives all the snakes but one out of Ireland and that last one ends up in Scotland's Loch Ness.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Laziest Boy in the World
Lensey Namioka (Author), Xuan YongSheng (Illustrator)
As a baby, Xiaolong was always known as the laziest boy. But when he capture the thief who breaks into his family's home, people in his Chinese village seem to change their minds.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  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]
  Leaving for America
Roslyn Bresnick-Perry (Author), Mira Reisberg (Illustrator)
A portrayal of life in a Russian-Jewish community in the 1920s as seen through the eyes of a young girl who is leaving for America.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Legend of Freedom HIll
Linda Jacobs Altman (Author), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator), Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator)
A friendship between a Jewish girl and an African American girl during the 1800's Gold Rush.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Legend of the Bluebonnet
Written and Illustrated by
Tomie DePaola
A Comanche legend that tells the story of the bluebonnet flower.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Leprechaun Gold
Teresa Bateman (Author), Rosanne Litzinger (Illustrator)
A man saves the life of a leprechaun but refuses his offer of gold.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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