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Books in this category include customs and traditions of people around the world. In some books the emphasis is on commonalties among people; in others, the focus is on the ways that people and groups of people can be different from one another.
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1.   All Kinds of Children
Norma Simon (Author), Diane Paterson (Illustrator)
A story about the things that children all over the world have in common, including the need for food, clothes, people to love them and the opportunity to play.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
2.   Almond Cookies and Dragon Well Tea
Cynthia Chin-Lee (Author), You Shan Tang (Illustrator)
A young girl visits the home of her Chinese-American friend and makes many discoveries about her friend's cultural heritage.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
3.   Asher and the Capmakers: A Hanukkah Story
Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel (Author)
A tale of Asher's extraordinary adventure to borrow an egg so his mother can make latkes for Hanukkah.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
4.   Big Moon Tortilla
Joy Cowley (Author), Dyanne Strongbow (Illustrator)
After her homework is ruined and her glasses break, a young girl is comforted by her grandmother's song and one of her warm tortillas.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
5.   Bread, Bread, Bread
Ann Morris (Author), Ken Heyman (Illustrator)
This book illustrates different types of bread and the diversity of the people who eat them.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
6.   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]
7.   Char Siu Bao Boy
Sandra S. Yamate (Author), Carolina Yao (Illustrator)
After being ridiculed by the others at school, Charlie abandons his favorite Chinese food, char siu bao, and tries to eat more "normal" things, but then he finds a way to convert his friends to the tasty dish.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
8.   Clambake
John Madama (Illustrator), Russell M. Peters (Author)
The story of a young Mashpee Wampanoag as he hosts his first appanaug for friends and relatives on tribal lands on Cape Cod.
9.   Coyote Steals the Blanket: A Ute Tale
Retold by
Janet Stevens
A Ute tale about Coyote who has taken what doesn't belong to him and Hummingbird who comes to his rescue.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
10.   Dance, Sing, Remember: A Celebration of Jewish Holidays
Ora Eitan (Illustrator), Leslie Kimmelman (Author)
Eleven major Jewish holidays and how they are celebrated. Includes music, stories, recipes, crafts and activities.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
11.   Dragon Soup
Sally J. Smith (Illustrator), Arlene Williams (Author)
When a young girl tries to steal a pearl from the Cloud Dragon's treasure in order to help her father, she finds herself resolving a dispute about soup recipes.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
12.   El bisonte americano/American Bison
Cheryl Walsh Bellville (Illustrator), Ruth Berman (Author)
A look at the crucial role the bison played in the lives of both Native Americans and early settlers.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
13.   Everybody Bakes Bread
Norah Dooley (Author), Peter J. Thornton (Illustrator)
A young girl discovers that although her neighbors come from several different countries, they all bake bread.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
14.   Everybody Cooks Rice
Norah Dooley (Author), Peter J. Thornton (Illustrator)
A child is sent to find her younger brother at dinnertime and is introduced to several ways to prepare rice.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
15.   God Must like Cookies, Too
Beth Glick (Illustrator), Carol Snyder (Author)
A young girl goes to temple for Shabbat with her grandmother. Throughout the servcie, the young girl gets excited for the cookies that she will have at Oneg, after Shabbat.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
16.   Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights
John Himmelman (Illustrator), Leslie Kimmelman (Author)
An extended family celebrates the eight nights of Hanukkah.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
17.   Hanukkah: Eight Nights, Eight Lights
Malka Drucker (Author), Brom Hoban (Illustrator)
The history, customs, rituals and recipes associated with the holiday.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
18.   How My Parents Learned to Eat
Ina R. Friedman (Author), Allen Say (Illustrator)
A child tells how her American father learned to eat with chopsticks and her Japanese mother learned to eat with a knife and fork.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
19.   How to Cook a Gooseberry Fool
Marcia Vaughn (Author), Diane Wolfe (Illustrator), Robert L. Wolfe (Illustrator)
Recipes from eleven countries and an introduction that explains the role food plays in various cultures around the world.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
20.   Ininatig's Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking (We Are Still Here: Native Americans Today)
Dale Kakkak (Illustrator), Laura Waterman Wittstock (Author)
A colorful photo essay that explains the traditional way of making maple sugar and syrup.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
21.   Jaha and Jamil Went Down the Hill: An African Mother Goose
Virginia Kroll (Author), Katherine Roundtree (Illustrator)
This is a new take on familiar Mother Goose rhymes, rewording them to expose young children to African culture and wildlife.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
22.   Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World
Catherine Stock (Illustrator), Mildred Pitts Walter (Author)
A young boy learns that cooking and cleaning aren't just "women's work." 3 - Gender roles, Cooking/Foods, Biscuits, Baking.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
23.   Kids Explore America's Hispanic Heritage
Written by
Westridge Young Writer’s Workshop
Writings by students in grades 3-7 on topics of Hispanic culture, including dance, cooking, games, history, art, songs and role models.
24.   Kwanzaa Karamu Cooking and Crafts for a Kwanzaa Festival
April A. Brady (Author), Barbara Knutson (Illustrator), Diane Wolfe (Illustrator), Robert L. Wolfe (Illustrator)
The story of Kwanzaa - its history and meaning - as well as recipes and craft ideas for a Kwanzaa festival.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
25.   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]
26.   Mardi Gras: A Cajun Country Celebration
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
Introduction to a Louisiana Cajun family and their celebration of Mardi Gras, including the music, food and costumes.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
27.   Molasses Man
Felicia Marshall (Illustrator), Kathy L. May (Author)
A young boy describes how he watches his family work together to harvest the Sorghum cane and make molasses.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
28.   Now We Can Have a Wedding!
Judy Cox (Author), DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan (Illustrator)
Family, friends and neighbors contribute to a wedding celebration.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
29.   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]
30.   People
Written and Illustrated by
Peter Spier
A story that emphasizes the similarities and differences among the four billion people on earth.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
31.   Pop'n Kimchi
Soo-Young Chin (Author), Christina Lochmann (Author)
This pop-up book introduces kimchi, a Korean national dish of pickled cabbage, and ways to prepare and eat it.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
32.   Pot Luck
Tobi Tobias (Author), Nola Langner Malone (Illustrator)
Rachel learns about what it means to make a pot luck dinner. Rachel and her grandmother cook dinner together for an old friend.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
33.   Pueblo Indian
Steven Cory (Author), Richard Erickson (Illustrator)
Pueblo Indian tradition and history are depicted with realistic illustrations.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
34.   Shanté Keys and the New Year's Peas
Gail Piernas-Davenport (Author), Marion Eldridge (Illustrator)
In this multicultural New Year's story, Shanté searches the neighborhood for black-eyed peas -- which symbolize good luck -- for her family's celebration dinner. On her journey, she learns about Chinese New Year and Diwali, as well as how January 1st is celebrated by other members of her community. The author includes additional pages of information about diverse New Year's traditions and special foods.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
35.   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]
36.   The Adventures of Sugar and Junior
Angela Shelf Medearis (Author), Nancy Poydar (Illustrator)
Two neighborhood children enjoy playing games, making cookies and going to the movies.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
37.   The Legend of Food Mountain
Graciela Carrillo (Illustrator), Harriet Rohmer (Author)
This story illustrates the creation of the people of earth and their source of food.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
38.   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]
39.   The Runaway Latkes
Leslie Kimmelman (Author), Paul Yalowitz (Illustrator)
When three potato latkes "escape," everyone in town tries to catch them.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
40.   The Sacred Harvest
Dale Kakkak (Illustrator), Gordon Pegguinti (Author)
The importance of rice in the lives of the Ojibway of Northern Minnesota is explained.
41.   The Sioux
Ronald Himler (Illustrator), Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (Author)
A look at the lifestyle of the Sioux including family life, dances, ceremonies and their roles as hunters and warriors.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
42.   The Ugly Vegetables
Written and Illustrated by
Grace Lin
A young girl thinks that her mother's garden is the ugliest on the block, but soon realizes that the Chinese vegetables that her mother is growing are the best of all because they taste great in her soup.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
43.   The Way We Do It in Japan
Paige Billin-Frye (Illustrator), Geneva Cobb Iijimi (Author)
A boy experiences a new way of life when he moves from the United Sates to Japan with his Japanese father and American mother.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
44.   This is Our Seder
Ziporah Hildebrandt (Author), Robin Roraback (Illustrator)
A description of the food and activities at a Seder, the ritual meal of Passover.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
45.   Thunder Cake
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
46.   Too Many Tamales
Ed Martinez (Illustrator), Gary Soto (Author)
A glimpse into a Mexican-American family celebration.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
47.   Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry
Written by
Bonnie Busenberg
The history behind the three flavors that have become favorites around the world.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
48.   Yoko
Written by
Rosemary Wells
When a young girl brings her favorite lunch of sushi to school, her classmates make fun of what she eats until one classmate tries it for himself.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
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