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1.   A Birthday Basket for Tia
Cecily Lang (Illustrator), Pat Mora (Author)
A story of the love between a little girl and her great-aunt.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
2.   A Chair for My Mother
Written by
Vera B. Williams
A girl, her mother and her grandmother work together to buy a new chair after a fire destroys their home.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
3.   A Christmas Guest
David LaRochelle (Author), Martin Skoro (Illustrator)
An unexpected guest visits a young boy and his mother on Christmas Eve.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
4.   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]
5.   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]
6.   A Lei for Tutu
Rebecca Nevers Fellows (Author), Linda Finch (Illustrator)
A young Hawaiian girl who loves making lei with her grandmother must make a very special one for Lei Day when her grandmother becomes ill.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
7.   A Portrait of Spotted Deer's Grandfather
Marlowe de Christopher (Illustrator), Amy Littlesugar (Author)
When Spotted Deer's grandfather dreams that one white man can keep the Indians from blowing away forever, Moose Horn agrees to let George Catlin paint his portrait.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
8.   A Quilt for Kiri
Judith Kunzle (Illustrator), Don Long (Author)
A young girl learns about her grandmother from the quilt she leaves behind after her death.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
9.   A Vacation in the Village
Written by
Pierre Yves Njeng
Nweb is a city boy and is afraid to take a family vacation to the village of his grandparents. He makes a friend, enjoys himself, and learns a lot about his culture.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
10.   Abuela
Arthur Dorros (Author), Elisa Kleven (Illustrator)
A celebration of a relationship between grandmother and granddaughter.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
11.   Abuela's Weave
Omar S. Castaneda (Author), Enrique O. Sanchez (Illustrator)
A young girl and her grandmother weave clothing and tapestries to take to the market and sell during the fiesta.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
12.   Africa Brothers and Sisters
Vanessa French (Illustrator), Virginia Kroll (Author)
A young boy and his dad play a question-and-answer game about people who live in Africa and the ways in which they are connected to them.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
13.   All Kinds of Families
Joe Lasker (Illustrator), Norma Simon (Author)
A book that shows the many patterns of family life.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
14.   Amelia's Road
Linda Jacobs Altman (Author), Enrique O. Sanchez (Illustrator)
A young girl from a migrant-worker family overcomes the hardship of their frequent moves by creating a special place for herself.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
15.   Babu's Song
Aaron Boyd (Illustrator), Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Author)
In Tanzania, Bernardi's grandfather who has lost the ability to speak, helps his grandson realize his dream of going to school.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
16.   Baby-O
Nancy White Carlstrom (Author), Sucie Stevenson (Illustrator)
A tale that recounts the daily routine of three generations in a West Indian family.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
17.   Big Wind Coming!
Karen English (Author), Cedric Lucas (Illustrator)
An extended family and their neighbors prepare for and then wait out a fierce storm, wondering what will remain of their farms.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
18.   Blackberries in the Dark
Thomas B. Allen (Illustrator), Mavis Jukes (Author)
A young boy visits his grandmother and together they try to come to terms with the grandfather's death.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
19.   Blue Jay in the Desert
Isao Kikuchi (Illustrator), Marlene Shigekawa (Author)
This is the story of a Japanese-American boy and his family, who are interned during World War II. The boy doesn't quite understand what the internment is all about, but through his eyes we are able to see how it has affected the adults around him. The book includes a brief historical overview of the Japanese-American internment.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
20.   Buba Leah and Her Paper Children
Mary Morgan (Illustrator), Lillian Hammer Ross (Author)
A woman's wish to see her children in faraway America is fulfilled when she receives a special letter in the mail.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
21.   Caravan
Darryl Ligasan (Illustrator), Lawrence McKay (Author)
A ten-year-old boy accompanies his father for the first time on a caravan trip through the mountains of Afghanistan to the city below to trade their goods at market.
22.   Celebrating Kwanzaa
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A young girl tells the story of her family's Kwanzaa celebration.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
23.   Daddies
Written by
Adele Aron Greenspun
Photographs and text depict the many special things that fathers do with their children.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
24.   Dancing with the Indians
Samuel Byrd (Illustrator), Angela Shelf Medearis (Author)
A young girl joins her family on an outing to a Seminole powwow and learns something about her own heritage as well.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
25.   Dia's Story Cloth
Chue Cha (Illustrator), Dia Cha (Author), Nhia Thao Cha (Illustrator)
A book about the story cloth made for the author by her aunt and uncle which chronicles the life of the Hmong people in their native Laos.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
26.   Do I Have a Daddy? A Story about a Single-Parent Child
Jeanne Warren Lindsay (Author), Jami Moffett (Illustrator)
Eric's mother helps him understand the fact that she and his father were never married.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
27.   Down Home at Miss Dessa's
Felicia Marshall (Illustrator), Bette Stroud (Author)
In the south in the 1940s, two young African-American sisters spend the day caring for an elderly neighbor.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
28.   Fat Chance Thanksgiving
Patricia Lakin (Author), Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)
When their apartment burns down and they move to a much smaller place, Mama tells Carla they can't have a big Thanksgiving feast like the Pilgrims in Carla's book, but Carla figures out a way to make that happen.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
29.   Fiesta Fireworks
Written by
George Ancona
A young girl's grandfather makes fireworks for one of the biggest fiestas in Mexico.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
30.   First Pink Light
Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illustrator), Eloise Greenfield (Author)
A young boy waits for his father to return.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
31.   For My Family, Love Allie
Written and Illustrated by
Ellen B. Senisi
A young girl decides to make a present for her relatives when they come for a family party.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
32.   Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition
Joe Allen (Illustrator), Sally M. Hunter (Author)
A twelve-year-old boy learns to dry and grow corn from his grandfather.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
33.   Fox Song
Joseph Bruchac (Author), Paul Morin (Illustrator)
A young Abenaki listens to the story of her people as told by her grandmother.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
34.   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]
35.   Goldfish and Chrysanthemums
Michelle Chang (Illustrator), Andrea Cheng (Author)
A young girl makes a goldfish pond and decorates it with chrysanthemums to remind her grandmother of the fishpond she had in China.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
36.   Grandfather Counts
Andrea Cheng (Author), Ange Zhang (Illustrator)
When her maternal grandfather comes from China, Helen, who is biracial, initially upset at having to give up her room, develops a special bond with him despite their age and language differences.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
37.   Grandmother and I
Helen Buckley (Author), Jan Ormerod (Illustrator)
A story about the comfort of a grandmother's lap.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
38.   Grandmother's Dreamcatcher
Becky Ray McCain (Author), Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)
While spending a week with her grandmother, a young girl learns to make a dream catcher.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
39.   Grandpa's Face
Floyd Cooper (Illustrator), Eloise Greenfield (Author)
A little girl learns that her grandfather will always love her.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
40.   Grandpa's Town
Takaaki Nomura (Author), Amanda Mayer Stinchecum (Adapter)
A boy visits his widowed grandfather to convince him to come live with his family. After spending a day with his grandfather, the boy is relieved to know that his grandfather isn't alone or lonely.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
41.   Grannie Jus' Come!
Karen Lusebrink (Illustrator), Ana Sisnett (Author)
Set in a small town in Panama, a young girl tells her grandmother all the things she loves about her.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
42.   Halmoni and the Picnic
Sook Nyul Choi (Author), Karen M. Dugan (Illustrator)
A Korean-American girl's third grade class helps the girl's newly-arrived grandmother feel more comfortable with her new life in the United States.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
43.   Hanukkah!
Marilyn Hafner (Illustrator), Roni Schotter (Author)
Five children and their family celebrate the holiday.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
44.   Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems
Diane Dillon (Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Eloise Greenfield (Author)
Poems that speak of the simple joys of everyday life.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
45.   Honoring Our Ancestors: Stories and Pictures by Fourteen Artists
Edited by
Harriet Rohmer
Fourteen artists and picture book illustrators present paintings with descriptions of the ancestors who have inspired them.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
46.   How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story
Eve Bunting (Author), Beth Peck (Illustrator)
Caribbean "boat people" seek haven in America.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
47.   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]
48.   Jamal's Busy Day
George Ford (Illustrator), Wade Hudson (Author)
A day in the life of a close-knit family.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
49.   Jonathan and His Mommy
Michael Hays (Illustrator), Irene Smalls-Hector (Author)
A little boy and his mother show their love to one another.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
50.   Journey Home
Dom Lee (Illustrator), Keurhee Lee (Illustrator), Lawrence McKay (Author)
A young girl accompanies her mother as she returns to the country of her birth, Vietnam, to learn about her past.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
51.   Keepers
Felicia Marshall (Illustrator), Jeri Hanel Watts (Author)
An African-American boy gives his grandmother a special birthday present, his carrying on the family story-telling traditions.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
52.   Knots on a Counting Rope
John Archambault (Author), Bill Martin (Author), Ted Ran (Illustrator)
A grandfather tells a young boy how he was born and how he has grown.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
53.   Marcellus' Birthday Cake
Petra Rohr-Rouendaal (Illustrator), Lorraine Simeon (Author)
With the help of his mother, a young boy learns how to bake a birthday cake.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
54.   Mei-Mei Loves the Morning
Margaret Holloway Tsubakiyama (Author), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator), Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator)
A young girl and her grandfather enjoy a typical morning riding on Grandpa's bicycle to meet friends in the park.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
55.   Mountains to Climb
Jack Crompton (Illustrator), Richard M. Wainwright (Author)
A young boy leaves his home in the Andes Mountains to live in America with his aunt and uncle.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
56.   Mrs. Katz and Tush
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
The story of a friendship that bridges generations and cultures.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
57.   My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito
Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator), Amada Irma PĂ©rez (Author)
With the help of her family, a young girl realizes her dream of having a space of her own to read and to think.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
58.   Off to School
Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert (Author), Gershom Griffith (Illustrator)
The youngest child in a sharecropper's family longs to go to school, but during harvest season Papa insists that she stays at home and prepare the midday meal.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
59.   On Mother's Lap
Glo Coalson (Illustrator), Ann Herbert Scott (Author)
There's room enough for everyone on mother's lap.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
60.   Owl Moon
John Schoenherr (Illustrator), Jane Yolen (Author)
A story of a young girl and her father as well as humankind's close relationship to the natural world.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
61.   Peppe the Lamplighter
Elisa Bartone (Author), Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
A young boy learns that every job is important.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
62.   Please Don't Cry, Mom: A Book About Depression
Helen DenBoer (Author), Janice Galanter Goldstein (Illustrator)
A young boy and his father learn how to cope with a family member's depression.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
63.   Poppa's Itchy Christmas
Angela Shelf Medearis (Author), John Ward (Illustrator)
A young boy is disappointed with his Christmas gifts until they come in handy.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
64.   Prietita and the Ghost Woman/ Prietita Y La Llorona
Gloria Anzaldua (Author), Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)
A young girl becomes lost in her search for an herb to cure her mother and is aided by the legendary ghost woman.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
65.   Rainbow Joe and Me
Written and Illustrated by
Maria Diaz Strom
A young girl shares her love of colors with her friend who is blind and who makes his own colors when he plays beautiful notes on his saxophone.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
66.   Shi-shi-etko
Nicola L. Campbell (Author), Kim LaFave (Illustrator)
Shi-shi-etko, which means “she loves to play in water,” is counting down the four days she has until she leaves for Indian Residential School. She spends her last days at home looking at everything around her to remember all the details, aspects and culture of her home. Her mother, father and grandmother each share lessons they want her to carry with her. The book focuses on the four days before Shi-shi-etko leaves, but does not include her time at residential school. Note: In Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand, native people were forced by law to attend residential schools away from their homelands. The schools were often far away from the children homes and the students were not allowed to see their families for months.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
67.   Sweet Magnolia
Laura Jacques (Illustrator), Virginia Kroll (Author)
A young girl visits her grandmother, a wildlife rehabilitater, in the Louisiana bayou, and helps her heal and free an injured baby bird.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
68.   Sweet Words So Brave: The Story of African American Literature
James Michael Brodie (Author), Jerry Butler (Illustrator), Barbara K. Curry (Author)
A survey of the history of African-American literature, from slave narratives to the present, told in the voice of a grandfather to his granddaughter.
69.   Thanksgiving at Obaachan's
Written by
Janet Mitsui Brown
A young girl describes the Thanksgiving celebration at her grandmother's house and the things that make it her favorite holiday.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
70.   The Bee Tree
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
A grandfather teaches his granddaughter that adventures in books can be just as thrilling as real-life adventures.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
71.   The Grey Striped Shirt
Mike Cressy (Illustrator), Jacqueline Jules (Author)
A young girl discovers a grey striped shirt in grandparents' cellar that leads to the unraveling of the horrible facts of their imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
72.   The Jones Family Express
Written and Illustrated by
Javaka Steptoe
A young boy tries to find just the right present for his aunt in time for the annual family reunion.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
73.   The Keeping Quilt
Written by
Patricia Polacco
The story of a quilt passed on from mother to daughter for almost a century.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
74.   The Lobster and the Sea
Esther Chiu (Author), Mika Takahashi (Illustrator)
A young girl comes to terms with her beloved grandfather's imminent departure for his homeland.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
75.   The Long Red Scarf
Nette Hilton (Author), Margaret Power (Illustrator)
When grandfather can't find a woman to knit him a scarf, he learns to knit his own.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
76.   The Mouse Bride
Monica Chang (Author), Lesley Liu (Illustrator)
The Chinese folktale of a father who searches for the perfect mate for his daughter.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
77.   The Piano
Susan Keeter (Illustrator), William Miller (Author)
A young African-American girl's love of music leads her to a job in the home of an older white woman who not only teaches the girl to play the piano, but also about caring for others.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
78.   The Potato Man
Ted Lewin (Illustrator), Megan McDonald (Author)
Grandpa tells stories of the fruit-and-vegetable huckster in his childhood neighborhood.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
79.   The River That Gave Gifts
Written by
Margo Humphrey
Before a beloved elder of the town goes blind, a young girl and her playmates gather together and decide they will each give her a special gift.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
80.   The Secret to Freedom
Larry Johnson (Illustrator), Marcia Vaughn (Author)
Great Aunt Lucy tells the story of her slave days when she and her brother learned the quilt code to help direct other slaves, and eventually her brother too to freedom in the north.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
81.   The Singing Man
Angela Shelf Medearis (Adapter), Terea Shaffer (Illustrator)
A young man is forced to leave his West African village because he chooses music over the more practical occupation of his brothers.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
82.   The Stars in My Geddoh's Sky
Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator), Claire Sidhom Matze (Author)
A young boy's grandfather comes to visit the United States, and teaches him about their Middle Eastern homeland.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
83.   The Treasure Hunt
Bill Cosby (Author), Varnette P. Honeywood (Illustrator)
A young boy discovers his own treasures, a loving great-grandmother and a talent for storytelling.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
84.   The Unbreakable Code
Sara Hoagland Hunter (Author), Julia Miner (Illustrator)
A young boy is afraid to leave the Navajo reservation until his grandfather explains how Navajo language, faith and integrity helped to win World War II.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
85.   The Wall
Eve Bunting (Author), Ronald Himler (Illustrator)
A little boy's father takes him to the Vietnam War Memorial to find his grandfather's name on the wall.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
86.   The Wednesday Surprise
Eve Bunting (Author), Donald Carrick (Illustrator)
A girl teaches her grandmother to read.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
87.   The World Turns Round and Round
Written by
Nicki Weiss
Children describe the gifts that they have received from relatives around the world.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
88.   Things I Like About Grandma
Written by
Francine Haskins
A young girl tells about her relationship with her grandmother.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
89.   Thunder Cake
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
90.   To Be A Drum
Evelyn Coleman (Author), Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (Illustrator)
A father tells his children how Africans were brought to America as slaves, but promises his children that as long as they can hear the rhythm of the earth, they will be free.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
91.   Totem Pole
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A Tsimshian Indian proudly describes how his father carves a totem pole for the Klallam tribe.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
92.   Two Mrs. Gibsons
Toyomi Igus (Author), Daryl Wells (Illustrator)
The biracial daughter of an African-American father and a Japanese mother fondly recalls growing up with her mother and grandmother.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
93.   Uh-oh! It's Mama's Birthday!
Naturi Thomas (Author), Keinyo White (Illustrator)
A young boy spends his allowance buying presents for his mother's birthday, but somehow ends up without a gift.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
94.   Weaving a California Tradition: A Native American Basketmaker
Dugan Aguilar (Illustrator), Linda Yamane (Author)
An eleven-year-old Western Mono Indian and her relatives prepare materials for basketweaving, make the baskets and attend the California Indian Basketweavers Association's annual gathering.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
95.   When I Am Old with You
Angela Johnson (Author), David Soman (Illustrator)
A child imagines being old with her grandfather.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
96.   White Socks Only
Evelyn Coleman (Author), Tyrone Geter (Illustrator)
A grandmother tells the story about her first trip into town during the days of segregation in Mississippi.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
97.   Why Are Your Fingers Cold?
Joy Dunn Keenan (Illustrator), Larry McKaughan (Author)
Text and pictures show caring among family members.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
98.   Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
Mem Fox (Author), Julie Vivas (Illustrator)
A young boy tries to find out what a memory is so that he can restore the memory of an elderly friend.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
99.   William and the Good Old Days
Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illustrator), Eloise Greenfield (Author)
A young boy copes with his grandmother's illness.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
100.   William's Doll
Charlotte Zolotow (Author), William Pene DuBois (Illustrator)
A story about a boy who wants a doll, something only his grandmother seems to understand.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
101.   Willie Wins
Carl Angel (Illustrator), Almira Astudillo Gilles (Author)
Willie's father tells him there is something special in an old coconut bank brought from the Philippines, but Willie is embarrassed to take the bank to school for a contest because he knows that one of his classmates will make fun of him.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
102.   Wood-Hoopoe Willie
Virginia Kroll (Author), Katherine Roundtree (Illustrator)
Willie dreams of playing the African instruments that his grandfather describes.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
103.   You Be Me I'll Be You
Written and Illustrated by
Pili Mandelbaum
A brown-skinned girl and her white father experiment to see what it would be like to have the other's skin color.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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