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  The Day Hans Got His Way: A Norwegian Folktale
David Lewis Atwell (Reteller), Debby Atwell (Illustrator)
A Norwegian folktale about a husband and wife switching roles for the day.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Day of Ahmed's Secret
Judith Heide Gilliland (Author), Florence Parry Heide (Author), Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
A young boy's journey through Cairo, where old cultures and new ways of life co-exist.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Days of Courage: The Little Rock Story
Richard Kelso (Author), Mel Williges (Illustrator)
The experiences of the "Little Rock Nine," the first black students to begin the integration of schools in Arkansas in 1957.
[Grade Level: Young Adult]
  Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth
Rosa Parks (Author), Gregory J. Reed (Author)
Correspondence between Rosa Parks and various children in which the "Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement" answers questions and encourages young people to reach their highest potential.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
  Dear Whiskers
Ann Whitehead Nagada (Author), Stephanie Roth (Illustrator)
A young girl feels awkward around her classmates. When a new student from Saudia Arbia comes to her school, they become friends and the young girl realizes there are classmates who will accept her for who she is.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
  The Devil's Arithmetic
Written by
Jane Yolen
A young girl resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small village in Nazi-occupied Poland.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  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]
  The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World
Barbara Rush (Author), Howard Schwartz (Author), Uri Shulevitz (Illustrator)
Jewish fairy and folktales from as far back as the third century.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Different Dragon
Jennifer Bryan (Author), Danamarie Hosler (Illustrator)
Young Noah and his mom create a bedtime story with a fierce and ferocious dragon. As the story progresses, it turns out that the dragon is upset because he just can't be terrifying anymore, so Noah befriends the dragon and shows him that it's okay for him to be different. Noah has two mothers, who are presented as a normal part of his life, and not the central focus of the tale. A lesson plan for teachers to use this story in class is available at
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
  Dinner at Aunt Connie's House
Written by
Faith Ringgold
Melody meets her newly adopted cousin, Lonnie, at her Aunt Connie's house one summer. While playing, the youngsters discover 12 paintings in the attic, each of which depicts a famous African-American woman.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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