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  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]
 
  The Bus Ride
William Miller (Author), John Ward (Illustrator)
A young African-American child protests an unjust law in this story loosely based on Rosa Parks' historic refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1953.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  Butterflies for Kiri
Written and Illustrated by
Cathryn Falwell
Kiri, a Japanese-American girl, who loves to paint and draw, tries and after some initial failure, finally succeeds in making an origami butterfly.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
  The Butterfly
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
A young French girl living in Nazi Europe discovers that her mother has been hiding a Jewish family in their home; the story of the author's aunt's childhood in WW II France.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  Calling of the Doves/El canto de las palomas
Juan Felipe Herrera (Author), Elly Simmons (Illustrator)
The author recalls his childhood in the mountains and valleys of California with his farmworker parents who inspired him with poetry and song.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
  Can You Hear a Rainbow?: The Story of a Deaf Boy Named Chris
Jamee Riggio Heelan (Author), Nicola Simmonds (Illustrator)
A boy who is deaf tells how he uses sign language, hearing aids, and his other senses to communicate, and how he goes to public school with an interpreter.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  Caravan
Darryl Ligasan (Illustrator), Lawrence McKay (Author)
 
  Carlos and the Squash Plant/Carlos y la planta de calabaza
Jeanne Arnold (Illustrator), Jan Romero Stevens (Author)
Having ignored his mother's warnings about what will happen if he doesn't bather after working on his family's New Mexican farm, Carlos awakens one morning to find a squash plant growing out of his ear.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
  Carolyn's Story: A Book About an Adopted Girl
Written and Photographed by
Perry Schwartz
The story of nine-year old Carolyn, who was adopted from Honduras when she was a baby, told in her own words, illustrated with photographs.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
  Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream
Crystal Hubbard (Author), Randy Duburke (Illustrator)
Marcenia Lyle wants to be a professional baseball player, but her parents make clear that the only jobs available to African American women in that time (the 1930s) are teacher, nurse and maid. When the St. Louis Cardinals manager forms a baseball camp, he denies admission to Marcenia because of her gender. However, Marcenia dazzles him with her skill until he agrees to let her join. An afterword reveals that Marcenia, under the name Toni Stone, became the first female member of an all-male baseball team, filling the spot vacated by Hank Aaron when he joined the Major Leagues.
[Grade Level: 1 - 4]
 
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