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1.   Ashok by Any Other Name
Sandra S. Yamate (Author), Janice Tohinaka (Illustrator)
An Indian-American boy, who wishes he had a less ethnic name, experiments with new names until he finds the one just right for him.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
2.   Blubber
Written by
Judy Blume
When overweight Linda gives an oral report on whales, the cruel and power-wielding class leader, Wendy, starts calling her "Blubber." The name-calling escalates into more intense bullying and humiliation. The novel's narrator, Jill, is a full participant from the start. Over time, though, she comes to question everyone's behavior, including her own. Finally, she challenges Wendy's power and learns that there are consequences, as well as rewards, to taking a stand.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
3.   Chrysanthemum
Written by
Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum loves her name until the other children at school start to make fun of it. Only when a well-respected teacher compliments her name do the other children begin to accept Chrysanthemum.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
4.   Mommy Doesn't Know My Name
S Williams (Author), Andrew Shachat (Illustrator)
Hannah's mother always calls her by a nickname and never by her own name, which leads her to wonder if her mother really knows her name at all.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
5.   Tikki, Tikki Tembo
Blair Lent (Illustrator), Arlene Mosel (Author)
A Chinese folktale that explains why Chinese names are short.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
6.   What's Your Name?: From Ariel to Zoe
Eve Sanders (Author), Marilyn Sanders (Photographer)
From A to Z, twenty-six children talk about their names.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
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