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  Iggie's House
Written by
Judy Blume
This re-issue of Judy Blume's classic 1970 novel dealing with racism and housing segregation still strikes a chord. 11-year-old Winnie is quick to make friends with her new neighbors, the Garbers, who are the first African-American residents of the neighborhood (“The Garbers were black and Grove Street was white and always had been”). Winnie is distressed when another neighbor organizes a petition to pressure the Garbers into moving, and frustrated that her parents are initially ambivalent on the issue. Winnie tries to help her neighbors, and the Garber kids accuse her of befriending them only because she thinks it is “cool” to have black friends. The story has a positive resolution when the racist neighbor decides to move and Winnie makes up with the Garbers.
[Grade Level: 4 - 7]
  Immigrant Girl: Becky of Eldridge Street
Brett Harvey (Author), Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator)
An authentic portrayal of a period in America when immigration was at its height.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  In Daddy's Arms I am Tall
Written and Illustrated by
Javaka Steptoe
A collection of poems written by a number of poets celebrating African-American fathers.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  In My Mother's House
Ann Nolan Clark (Author), Velino Herrara (Illustrator)
A young Tewa Indian describes what his life is like. He explains what the homes, customs, and work is like in his community.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
  Ininatig's Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking (We Are Still Here: Native Americans Today)
Dale Kakkak (Illustrator), Laura Waterman Wittstock (Author)
A colorful photo essay that explains the traditional way of making maple sugar and syrup.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Irish Piper
Jim Latimer (Author), John O’Brien (Illustrator)
The Pied Piper plays upon Irish pipes and travels from County Clare in Ireland to the village of Hamelin, Germany, to rid it of its rats.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Iron Moonhunter
Written by
Kathleen Chang
This is a story about the Chinese workers who through hard work and determination, built an incredible railroad.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
  Israel ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Israel
Holly Schroeder (Author), Claudia Wolf (Illustrator)
In this ABC tour of Israel, readers learn about the peoples, places and history of one of the world’s most ancient lands, including Bedouin people, the Dead Sea, Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, the Knesset (Israeli parliament), Palestinian people, Dead Sea Scrolls, Via Dolorosa (Street of Sorrows), Zionism and more.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
  It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folktale
Retold by
Margot Zemach
A Yiddish folktale that teaches us to appreciate what we have.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  It Doesn't Have To Be This Way: A Barrio Story
Daniel Galvez (Illustrator), Luis J. Rodriguez (Author)
A young boy reluctantly becomes more and more involved in the activities of a local gang.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
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