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1.   A Child's Calendar
Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator), John Updike (Author)
A collection of 12 poems describing the activities in a child's life as well as the changes in the weather from January to December.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
2.   A Story to Tell: Traditions of a Tlingit Community
D. Bambi Kraus (Illustrator), Richard Nichols (Author)
A young girl travels to Kake, Alaska where she learns about her heritage.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
3.   American Tall Tales
Michael McCurdy (Illustrator), Mary Pope Osborne (Reteller)
Nine stories of early American folk heroes, including Johnny Appleseed and Davy Crockett.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
4.   Antelope Woman: An Apache Folktale
Retold and Illustrated by
Michael Lacapa
A story of love that teaches us to honor all life.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
5.   Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson
Written by
Jeri Ferris
The story of Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
6.   Arctic Hunter
E. J. Bird (Author), Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A young boy describes his life in Alaska, a life where ancient traditions and modern challenges meet.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
7.   Big Wind Coming!
Karen English (Author), Cedric Lucas (Illustrator)
An extended family and their neighbors prepare for and then wait out a fierce storm, wondering what will remain of their farms.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
8.   Braving the Frozen Frontier: Women Working in Antarctica
Written by
Rebecca L. Johnson
Day-to-day experiences of several women who work in Antarctica.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
9.   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]
 
10.   Cassie's Journey: Going West in the 1860's
Brett Harvey (Author), Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator)
A story of the joys and hardships of a family going West by covered wagon in the 1860s.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
11.   Cesar Chavez
Ruth Franchere (Author), Earl Thollander (Illustrator)
The biography of the Mexican American who led the nationwide boycott of grapes as part of his movement to organize farm laborers in the United States.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
12.   Cherry Tree
Ruskin Bond (Author), Allan Eitzen (Illustrator)
A young girl in India plants a cherry tree and nurses it to help it grow. She is rewarded on her tenth birthday when the first pink blossom appears.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
 
13.   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]
 
14.   Drylongso
Virginia Hamilton (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
A young man called Drylongso relieves a family's distress during a drought.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
15.   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]
 
16.   Elfwyn's Saga
Written by
David Wisniewski
The story of a girl who is the heroine of her people.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
17.   Flowers from Mariko
Deneen Jenks (Author), Michelle Reiko Kumata (Illustrator), Rick Noguchi (Author)
When Mariko and her family are released from the Japanese American internment camp where they have spent the last three years, Mariko plants a garden to surprise and cheer up her family.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
18.   Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition
Joe Allen (Illustrator), Sally M. Hunter (Author)
A twelve-year-old boy learns to dry and grow corn from his grandfather.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
19.   High Elk's Treasure
Oren Lyons (Illustrator), Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (Author)
An adventure story that also tells about life on a Lakota reservation.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
20.   How the Birds Changed Their Feathers: A South American Indian Folk Tale
Retold and Illustrated by
Joanna Troughton
This tale, told by the Arawak people of Guyana, explains how there came to be such brightly colored birds on Earth.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
21.   How the Rooster Got His Crown
Written by
Amy Lowry Poole
The retelling of a Miao folktale from Western China about the day the sun refused to come out for fear of a skillful archer's arrows.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
22.   How the Stars Fell from the Sky: A Navajo Legend
Lisa Desimini (Illustrator), Jerrie Oughton (Reteller)
A Navajo folktale that explains the patterns of stars in the sky.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
23.   How Two-Feather Was Saved From Loneliness
Written and Illustrated by
C. J. Taylor
The Abenaki legend of how fire and corn came into the world.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
24.   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]
 
25.   Maui and the Sun
Retold and Illustrated by
Gavin Bishop
An explanation of why the sun moves so slowly across the sky.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
26.   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]
 
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.   Mountains to Climb
Jack Crompton (Illustrator), Richard M. Wainwright (Author)
A young boy leaves his home in the Andes Mountains to live in America with his aunt and uncle.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
29.   Mr. Lincoln's Way
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
A story about Mr. Lincoln, the school principal's efforts to get the school bully, to help him attract birds to the school's new atrium.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
30.   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]
 
31.   Northern Lullaby
Nancy White Carlstrom (Author), Diane Dillon (Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Illustrator)
A young child says good night to the natural world and all that occupy it.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
32.   Owl Moon
John Schoenherr (Illustrator), Jane Yolen (Author)
A story of a young girl and her father as well as humankind's close relationship to the natural world.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
33.   Pascual's Magic Pictures
Karen M. Dugan (Illustrator), Amy Glaser Gage (Author), May Gage (Author)
Having saved enough money to buy a disposable camera, a young boy goes into the Guatemalan jungle to take pictures of monkeys.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
34.   Pueblo Indian
Steven Cory (Author), Richard Erickson (Illustrator)
Pueblo Indian tradition and history are depicted with realistic illustrations.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
35.   Raven's Gift
Jo-Ann E. Kitchel (Illustrator), Janice Kuharski (Reteller)
A clever raven tricks the Chief of the Sky into sharing light with all the creatures of the earth.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
36.   Shi-shi-etko
Nicola L. Campbell (Author), Kim LaFave (Illustrator)
Shi-shi-etko, which means “she loves to play in water,” is counting down the four days she has until she leaves for Indian Residential School. She spends her last days at home looking at everything around her to remember all the details, aspects and culture of her home. Her mother, father and grandmother each share lessons they want her to carry with her. The book focuses on the four days before Shi-shi-etko leaves, but does not include her time at residential school. Note: In Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand, native people were forced by law to attend residential schools away from their homelands. The schools were often far away from the children homes and the students were not allowed to see their families for months.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
 
37.   Sweet Magnolia
Laura Jacques (Illustrator), Virginia Kroll (Author)
A young girl visits her grandmother, a wildlife rehabilitater, in the Louisiana bayou, and helps her heal and free an injured baby bird.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
38.   Ten Suns: A Chinese Legend
Eric A. Kimmel (Reteller), Yongsheng Xuan (Illustrator)
The eastern emperor of the sky must find a way to stop the destruction his children's trick has caused.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
39.   The Cherokees
Ronald Himler (Illustrator), Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (Author)
A glimpse into the history and culture of the Cherokees.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
40.   The Ghost and Lone Warrior: An Arapaho Legend
Written and Illustrated by
C. J. Taylor
This Arapaho Indian legend tells the story of Lone Warrior who courageously leads a hunting expedition, but is hurt by an accident that occurs during the expedition. Lone Warrior is left behind by the hunting party and must overcome many different obstacles to survive.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
41.   The Gift of the Willows
Written by
Helena Clare Pittman
A story about acceptance and understanding of life's difficult times.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
42.   The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars
Floyd Cooper (Illustrator), Jean Merrill (Adapter)
Adapted from a story found on a twelfth-century scroll, a free-spirited girl is determined to be herself.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
43.   The Hopis
Ronald Himler (Illustrator), Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (Author)
A glimpse into the history, arts and crafts, way of life, and religion of the Hopi.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
44.   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]
 
45.   The Legend of the Bluebonnet
Written and Illustrated by
Tomie DePaola
A Comanche legend that tells the story of the bluebonnet flower.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
46.   The People Who Hugged the Trees: An Environmental Folk Tale
Deborah Lee Rose (Adapter), Birgitta Saflund (Illustrator)
An environmental folktale from India.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
47.   The Rainmakers
Written and Illustrated by
E. J. Bird
The adventures of Cricket and his grandfather provide a glimpse into the lives of the Anasazi.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
48.   The Sacred Harvest
Dale Kakkak (Illustrator), Gordon Pegguinti (Author)
The importance of rice in the lives of the Ojibway of Northern Minnesota is explained.
 
49.   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]
 
50.   The Snow Walker
Mary O’Keefe Young (Illustrator), Charles M. Wetterer (Author), Margaret K. Wetterer (Author)
A young boy helps his family and community during the Blizzard of 1888.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
51.   The Tree That Rains: The Flood Myth of the Huichol Indians of Mexico
Durga Bernhard (Illustrator), Emery Bernhard (Reteller)
The flood myth of the Huichol Indians of Mexico.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
52.   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]
 
53.   Thirty-Three Multi-Cultural Tales to Tell
Pleasant DeSpain (Author), Joe Schlichta (Illustrator)
Stories that celebrate the interconnectedness of people, animals and cultures.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
54.   Thunder Cake
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
55.   To Be A Drum
Evelyn Coleman (Author), Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (Illustrator)
A father tells his children how Africans were brought to America as slaves, but promises his children that as long as they can hear the rhythm of the earth, they will be free.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
56.   When I Was Young in the Mountains
Diane Goode (Illustrator), Cynthia Rylant (Author)
The story of an Appalachian childhood.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
57.   Why the Sky Is Far Away
Mary-Joan Gerson (Author), Carla Golembe (Illustrator)
A Nigerian folktale that explains why the sky is so far away.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
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