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1.   A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt
David A. Adler (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
A short biography of the woman who overcame a difficult childhood to become a woman of great accomplishments.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
2.   A Star without a Sky
Written by
Leonie Ossowski
The story of five refugees fleeing the advance of the Russian Army in 1945.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
3.   Babushka Baba Yaga
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
A lesson in the power of love and in not judging others by their appearance.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
4.   Black Is Brown Is Tan
Arnold Adoff (Author), Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)
First published in 1973, this book marked the first acknowledgment of an interracial family in children's book publishing. The author uses lyrical text--an African American mother, "the skin color of chocolate," and a Caucasian father, "who's skin is not white, but light in color with tans and pinks and all the colors of the rainbow,"--to paint a portrait of a loving and natural family setting. McCully has updated the illustrations with watercolor paintings to show the brown-skinned momma, the white daddy, and the two children in a 21st-century setting.
[Grade Level: 1 - 3]
5.   Chicken Sunday
Written by
Patricia Polacco
Children decorate eggs in the Slavic style with hot wax and dye and present them as a gift.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
6.   Darkness over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and Rescue of the Jews
Written by
Ellen Levine
An account of Denmark's resistance against the Nazis, culminating in the Rosh Hashanah boatlift when most of Denmark's Jews were ferried to safety in Sweden.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
7.   Drita, My Homegirl
Written by
Jenny Lombard
Drita and her family come to New York as refugees from war-torn Kosovo. Even though she barely speaks English, Drita can’t wait to start school and make a new best friend. But her new classmates don’t make it easy, teasing her about virtually everything. The worst is Maxie, a tough African-American girl whose sassy attitude hides a painful secret. When Maxie takes things too far, their teacher assigns Maxie a paper on Drita and her journey to America from Kosovo. Suddenly, Maxie realizes she and Drita have more in common than she thought. And when Drita’s mother gets sick, there’s only one person who can help—Drita’s new homegirl.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
8.   Elfwyn's Saga
Written by
David Wisniewski
The story of a girl who is the heroine of her people.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
9.   Fairy Tales of Eastern Europe
Neil Philip (Author), Larry Wilkes (Illustrator)
A collection of traditional fairy tales from Eastern Europe.
10.   Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin
Written by
Susan Goldman Rubin
The story of Friedel Dicker, a Jewish woman from Prague, who taught art to children at the Terezin concentration camp.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
11.   Forgotten Victims of the Holocaust
Written by
Linda Jacobs Altman
Altman explores the expansion of Nazi Germany and the effect it had on the people of the countries that were invaded, including Poles, Russians, Gypsies, Homosexuals and others. She uses memories of survivors to discuss the experiences of those who were tortured and killed by the Nazis.
[Grade Level: 5 - 9]
12.   Freedom Summer
Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator), Deborah Wiles (Author)
In the summer of 1964 two boys, one white and one black, play together and want to swim in the newly-integrated pool, and are dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
13.   Gooseberries to Oranges
Barbara Cohen (Author), Beverly Brodsky (Illustrator)
A girl talks about her big move from her small village in Eastern Europe to the United States. Once she arrives in the United States, she is reunited with her father.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
14.   Growing Up Biracial: Trevor's Story
Bethany Kandel (Author), Carol Halebian (Photographer)
Ten-year-old Trevor Sage-el describes his life at home and at school, his feelings about being the son of a white mother and a black father, and what he likes and does not like about being biracial. “Sometimes people ask me, ‘What are you?’,” observes Trevor. “I usually answer, ‘Human.’ I have friends of all colors. I don’t want to have to choose between black and white. I’m both, and I like it.”
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
15.   Hana's Suitcase
Written by
Karen Levine
Biography of Hana, a Czech girl, who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters that describe how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center worked to learn about the girl's life after Hana's suitcase was sent to the Center.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
16.   Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children
David A. Adler (Author), Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)
Janusz Korczak—called “Old Doctor” by the orphans who loved him—was a doctor and promoter of children's rights, who ran a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw, Poland during the years of the Nazi’s rise to power. Korczak bravely sheltered his children from the brutality of the Warsaw Ghetto until the Nazis forced him to lead the orphans to the Treblinka death camp. When a Nazi soldier at Treblinka offered to spare Korczak from extermination, he refused and remained with his children until the end.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
17.   How Animals Saved the People
James Ransome (Illustrator), J. J. Reneaux (Reteller)
A collection of folktales from people in the South, including Cajun, Creole, Native American, African American, English and German.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
18.   How Snowshoe Hare Rescued the Sun: A Tale from the Arctic
Durga Bernhard (Illustrator), Emery Bernhard (Reteller)
A tale from the Yuit people of northeast Siberia that tells how snowshoe hare rescued the sun and changed the sky forever.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
19.   Joseph and Me: In the Days of the Holocaust
Lili Cassel-Wronker (Illustrator), Judy Hoffman (Author)
The author describes her experiences as a Jewish child living in hiding with a Dutch family during WW II; additional text and photographs provide details of Nazi persecution of Jews and the fate of those who survived.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
20.   Kimchi and Calamari
Written by
Rose Kent
When his eighth-grade class is assigned to write about their ancestors' journey to America, Joseph Calderaro has a problem. Joseph was adopted from Korea and his parents are raising him in their Italian-American tradition. Though his favorite foods are calamari and eggplant parmesan, Joseph begins to wonder about his Korean heritage. His parents have no information to share and, frustrated, Joseph makes something up, passing off a famous Korean athlete as his grandfather. After his essay is chosen for submission to a national contest, Joseph must come clean.
[Grade Level: 4 - 7]
21.   Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass: Igniting the Nazi War Against Jews
Written by
Stephanie Fitzgerald
For one horrific night in November 1938, the streets of Germany and Austria were overrun with people bent on destruction. Members of the Nazi Party and their supporters destroyed close to 8,000 Jewish-owned businesses and homes. Hundreds of synagogues were burned to the ground, and more than 100 Jews were killed. This book describes the "night of broken glass" and also presents the historical events that led to the rise of Hitler, the Nazi Party's beliefs about race, and the horrible aftereffects of Kristallnacht.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
22.   Leprechaun Gold
Teresa Bateman (Author), Rosanne Litzinger (Illustrator)
A man saves the life of a leprechaun but refuses his offer of gold.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
23.   Making It Home: Real-Life Stories from Children Forced to Flee
Written by
Beverly Naidoo
In this collection, children living all over the world speak about being forced to flee their homes as refugees. With original, autobiographical accounts, Making It Home gives a voice to the millions of young people whose lives have been disrupted by war but who have escaped. With maps, brief histories of each country, and an eight-page photo insert, this book helps young people understand the world and the children who share the dream of freedom.
[Grade Level: 4 & Up]
24.   Mary McLean and the St. Patrick's Day Parade
Michael Dooling (Illustrator), Steven Kroll (Author)
In order to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Mary must find a perfect shamrock.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
25.   Molly's Pilgrim/Molly Y Los Peregrinos
Barbara Cohen (Author), Michael J. Deraney (Illustrator)
A story about a young girl who is not accepted by her classmates.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
26.   Mom's Best Friend
Sally Hobart Alexander (Author), George Ancona (Illustrator)
The true story of a woman, her family, and her guide dog.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
27.   Moon Magic: Stories from Asia
Katherine Davison (Author), Thomas A. Rosborough (Illustrator)
From Siberia, Burma, Japan and Korea come four explanations of the moon.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
28.   My Dog Lala
Roman R. Kent (Author), Tziyon McWilliams (Illustrator)
Holocaust survivor, Roman Kent, tells the touching story of the loving relationship he had with his dog during the years of the Holocaust. After young Roman is forced to leave his dog behind in the country as the Nazis approach, he is stunned to find that Lala has located him on a train bound for Lodz. Later, when the family is forced into the Lodz ghetto, Lala again miraculously finds the family. From then, Lala spends her days in a factory caring for her puppies and her nights in the ghetto with the Kent family, until the sad day when the Nazis force all ghetto residents to hand over their pets. Lala teaches Kent that “love is stronger than hate, and no guns, barbed wire and no German guards could stop her from proving it.” The book features illustrations and photographs, and a teacher’s guide is included with an order of 30 or more books.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
29.   New England Whaler
Robert F. Baldwin (Author), Richard Erickson (Illustrator)
A depiction of the way of life of New England whalers during the 1840s.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
30.   Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog
Written by
Graham McNamee
Keath and his best friend Lynda are in the fourth grade. Some kids call Lynda Zebra," because her mother's black and her father's white. And Keath is "Whitey." "He's vanilla in a chocolate school" where Toothpick, a bully, has it in for him. Lynda and Keath both love dogs. Dogs don't care about what color is the right one. Dogs don't hate anybody. Their favorite dog is Leftovers, Lynda's three-legged beagle. When he got hurt, his first owners gave up on him, but Lynda and Keath turn him into a winner, a pooch that shows Keath that sometimes it's good to stand out, to be special, and that even when you look different, there are ways to fit in.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
31.   Number the Stars
Written by
Lois Lowry
Two young girls grow up in Copenhagen in 1943 with the constant presence of Nazi soldiers.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
32.   Oom Razoom: Or Go I Know Not Where, Bring Back I Know Not What: A Russian Tale
Dennis McDermott (Illustrator), Diane Wolkstein (Reteller)
A retelling of a Russian folktale about Alexis the archer, his magical wife and their adventures.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
33.   Our Baby from China: An Adoption Story
Written by
Nancy D’Antonio
An American couple goes to China to adopt a baby.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
34.   Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story
Dom Lee (Illustrator), Ken Mochizuki (Author)
The story of a Japanese diplomat living in Lithuania who issued thousands of visas to Jewish refugees - against the orders of his government.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
35.   Peppe the Lamplighter
Elisa Bartone (Author), Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
A young boy learns that every job is important.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
36.   Remember Not to Forget: A Memory of the Holocaust
Norman H. Finklestein (Author), Lois Hokanson (Illustrator), Lars Hokanson (Illustrator)
A brief introduction to the Holocaust for young people that describes the history and origins of anti-Semitism and its culmination in Hitler's Germany, at which time six million Jews were systematically exterminated by the Nazis during World War II.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
37.   Secret of Priest's Grotto: A Holocaust Survival Story
Peter Lane Taylor (Author), Christos Nicola (Author)
This account describes how three Ukrainian Jewish families survived the Holocaust by hiding in a cave near their village for 344 days. Sixty years later, in 2003, caver Christos Nicola explored the cave and found signs of human habitation. His Internet searches eventually connected him with some of the survivors, from whom he learned how 38 people, including toddlers and a 75-year-old grandmother, fled the Nazis and lived in four underground rooms, sealed off from the outside world. Color photos take readers to the site and show some of the people now, while black-and-white historical ones give an idea of the past.
[Grade Level: 4 & Up]
38.   Siobhan's Journey: A Belfast Girl Visits the United States
Written by
Barbara Beirne
The experiences of ten-year-old Siobhan McNulty, a girl from Northern Ireland, who spent six weeks with a New Jersey family.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
39.   St. Patrick's Day
Written and Illustrated by
Gail Gibbons
The story behind St. Patrick's Day.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
40.   Survivors: True Stories Of Children In The Holocaust
Mara Bovsun (Author), Allan Zullo (Author)
These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in—and hope for—survival.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
41.   The Adventures of Hershel of Ostropol
Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel (Reteller)
Stories told by the famous Jewish folk hero who lived during the first part of the nineteenth century.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
42.   The Bird's Gift: A Ukrainian Easter Story
Eric A. Kimmel (Reteller), Katya Krenina (Illustrator)
Villagers provide a flock of golden birds with shelter and are rewarded for their kindness with beautifully decorated eggs.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
43.   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]
44.   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]
45.   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]
46.   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]
47.   The Irish Piper
Jim Latimer (Author), John O’Brien (Illustrator)
The Pied Piper plays upon Irish pipes and travels from County Clare in Ireland to the village of Hamelin, Germany, to rid it of its rats.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
48.   The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story about St. Patrick.
Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator), Sheila MacGill-Callahan (Author)
Before he becomes a saint, Patrick drives all the snakes but one out of Ireland and that last one ends up in Scotland's Loch Ness.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
49.   The Tsar's Promise: A Russian Tale
Lauren A. Mills (Illustrator), Robert D. San Souci (Author)
A princess uses her magical powers to help the Tsar's son.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
50.   The Well: David's Story
Written by
Mildred D. Taylor
In the early 1990s, David's rural Mississippi family shares their well water with black and white neighbors.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
51.   The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
Carmen Agra Deedy (Author), Sorensen (Illustrator)
Retells the story of King Christian X of Denmark and Danish resistance to Nazis during WW II.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
52.   Three Sacks of Truth
Eric A. Kimmel (Adapter), Robert Rayevsky (Illustrator)
A French folktale about a man who outwits a king.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
53.   Tomahawks and Trombones
Written by
Barbara Mitchell
A story about the people in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the Delaware Indians and how they kept peace between them during the French and Indian War.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
54.   Uncle Vova's Tree
Written by
Patricia Polacco
The celebration of a Russian Orthodox Christmas is recalled as a family prepares for its annual celebration.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
55.   Vasilissa the Beautiful
Alexander Koshkin (Illustrator), Elizabeth Winthrop (Adapter)
A retelling of a Russian fairy tale in which Vasilissa uses the help of her doll to escape danger.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
56.   What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?
George Littlechild (Illustrator), Richard Van Camp (Author)
In a small community in the Northwest Territories, a stranger to horses searches among family and friends for answers to an important question.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
57.   White Lilacs
Written by
Carolyn Meyer
A young girl's community is threatened when white people decide to forcibly relocate African-American families to make room for a new park.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
58.   Wildflower Girl
Written by
Marita Conlon-McKenna
Peggy O'Driscoll, a thirteen year old girl, leaves her home in Ireland during the Great Famine of the 1840s to make a better life for herself in America. Despite the fact that she is scared and misses her family, she displays great courage and strength.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
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