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  I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
Rose Lewis (Author), Jane Dyer (Illustrator)
A woman describes how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl. Based on the author's own experiences.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
  I Won't Go without a Father
Muriel Novella Stanek (Author), Eleanor Mill (Illustrator)
At Steve's school they are having an open house for the mothers and fathers. Steve is nervous for open house because he has no father.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
  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]
  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]
  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]
  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]
  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]
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