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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.   A Country Far Away
Nigel Gray (Author), Philippe Dupasquier (Illustrator)
This book portrays the similarities in the life experiences of a boy in a rural African village and one in a Western country.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
2.   A Migrant Family
Written by
Larry Dane Brimner
The day-to-day life of a migrant family Migrant workers.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
3.   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]
 
4.   A Vacation in the Village
Written by
Pierre Yves Njeng
Nweb is a city boy and is afraid to take a family vacation to the village of his grandparents. He makes a friend, enjoys himself, and learns a lot about his culture.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
 
5.   ABC: A Family Alphabet Book
Bobbie Combs (Author), Desiree Keane (Illustrator), Brian Rappa (Illustrator)
This book teaches the alphabet to young children while exposing them to different and diverse kinds of families and people.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
 
6.   Against the Storm
Written by
Gaye Hicyilmaz
Twelve-year-old Mehmet moves with his family from a rural village to Amkara, Turkey, hoping to find a better life.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
7.   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]
 
8.   Amelia's Road
Linda Jacobs Altman (Author), Enrique O. Sanchez (Illustrator)
A young girl from a migrant-worker family overcomes the hardship of their frequent moves by creating a special place for herself.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
9.   Angel Child, Dragon Child
Vo-Dinh Mai (Illustrator), Michele Maria Surat (Author)
A young girl adjusts to life in the United States after leaving Vietnam.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
10.   Baseball Saved Us
Dom Lee (Illustrator), Ken Mochizuki (Author)
When a Japanese-American boy and his family are interned in a camp during WWII, they decide to combat their depression by building a baseball field. During a game the boy channels his humiliation--both from being a prisoner and from being a bad player--to anger, giving him the strength to hit a game-winning home run.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
11.   Boundless Grace
Mary Hoffman (Author), Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
When Grace gets the opportunity to go to Africa and visit with her father and his new family, she feels a little strange. But Nana says families are what you make them, and Grace is going to make the most of hers! Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch bring their spunky heroine to life in this sequel to "Amazing Grace."
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
12.   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]
 
13.   Chopsticks from America
Elaine Hosozawa-Nagano (Author), Masayuki Miyata (Illustrator)
A family moves to Japan and discovers what life is like in the land of their ancestors.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
14.   Crazy Horse's Vision
Joseph Bruchac (Author), S. D. Nelson (Illustrator)
A story based on the life of the young Lakota boy who grew up to be one of the bravest defenders of his people.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
15.   Going Home
Written by
Nicholosa Mohr
A summer spent with relatives in Puerto Rico leaves Felita longing for the familiarity of her family and life in New York City.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
16.   Going West
Thomas B. Allen (Illustrator), Jean Van Leeuwen (Author)
The story of America's covered wagons and the journeys made by people from many ethnic backgrounds.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
17.   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]
 
18.   Hoang Anh: A Vietnamese-American Boy
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A story of a young man who successfully relates to two cultures - one old, one new.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
19.   Houses of Hide and Earth: Native Dwellings
Written by
Bonnie Shemie
A description of the dwellings of the Plains Indians .
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
20.   Immigrant Girl: Becky of Eldridge Street
Brett Harvey (Author), Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator)
An authentic portrayal of a period in America when immigration was at its height.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
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.   Just Like Home/Como en Mi Tierra
Elizabeth I. Miller (Author), Mira Reisberg (Illustrator), Teresa Mlawer (Adapter)
A young girl shares her experiences of a new life in the United States by comparing those things that are similar to her old home and those that are different.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
23.   Leaving for America
Roslyn Bresnick-Perry (Author), Mira Reisberg (Illustrator)
A portrayal of life in a Russian-Jewish community in the 1920s as seen through the eyes of a young girl who is leaving for America.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
24.   Luke Has Asthma, Too
Allison Rogers (Author), Michael Middleton (Illustrator)
A young boy with asthma is comforted by his discovery that his cousin, Luke, has asthma, too. They both experience the same things and become eachother's support.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
 
25.   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]
 
26.   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]
 
27.   Pueblo Indian
Steven Cory (Author), Richard Erickson (Illustrator)
Pueblo Indian tradition and history are depicted with realistic illustrations.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
28.   Shannon
Sandra King (Author), Catherine Whipple (Illustrator)
A photo essay about a young Ojibway girl who performs traditional dances for powwows at her family's reservation.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
29.   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]
 
30.   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]
 
31.   The House I Live In: At Home in America
Written and Illustrated by
Isadore Seltzer
A description of the many types of houses built throughout the United States.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
32.   The Navajos
Ronald Himler (Illustrator), Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (Author)
A look at the history, family life, ceremonies and nomadic existence of the Navajos.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
33.   The Seminoles
Ronald Himler (Illustrator), Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (Author)
A look at the history, lifestyle and customs of the Seminoles.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
34.   The Upside Down Boy/El niñode cabeza
Elizabeth Gómez (Illustrator), Juan Felipe Herrera (Author)
A young boy recalls the year when his parents settled down in the city so he could go to school for the first time.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
35.   This House Is Made of Mud/Esta casa esta hecha de lodo
Ken Buchanan (Author), Libba Tracy (Illustrator), Patricia Hinton Davison (Adapter)
A young child describes her family's adobe house and life in the Sonoran Desert.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
 
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