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  The Color of My Words
Written by
Lynn Joseph
A young girl finds herself faced with turning points that will make up who she is and help her understand what it means to be part of a family and a community.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story
Written and Photographed by
Bernard Wolf
  Cooper's Lesson
Sun Yung Shin (Author), Kim Cogan (Illustrator)
This is a story about identity and intergenerational friendship, featuring a young biracial boy, written in both English and Korean. Cooper, who has a Korean mother and a white, American father, is called "half and half" by his cousin. With his mixed heritage, the boy doesn't know where he fits in. When he goes to the Korean grocery, he is overwhelmed by a language of which he knows very little. He concludes that Mr. Lee, the owner, is laughing at him. In retaliation, Cooper shoplifts a brush for his mother. Caught in the act, he must work off his debt and learns that Mr. Lee's life in the United States has been difficult because of the language barrier. The man also listens to Cooper's frustrations. Eventually, the two come to a better understanding of their own and one another's problems.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
  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]
  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]
  Count Your Way through Korea
Jim Haskins (Author), Dennis Hockerman (Illustrator)
The Korean numbers one to ten are used to introduce young readers to diverse aspects of Korean culture.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  A Country Far Away
Nigel Gray (Author), Philippe Dupasquier (Illustrator)
This book portrays the similarities in the life experiences of a boy in a rural African village and one in a Western country.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
  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]
  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]
  A Crack in the Wall/Grieta en La Pared
Ruben DeAnda (Illustrator), Mary Elizabeth Haggerty (Author)
A young boy creates something beautiful and magical to lift his mother's spirits.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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