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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.   Baby-O
Nancy White Carlstrom (Author), Sucie Stevenson (Illustrator)
A tale that recounts the daily routine of three generations in a West Indian family.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
3.   Blue Jasmine
Written by
Kashmira Sheth
When twelve-year-old Seema and her family move from their small Indian town to Iowa City, Seema feels like an outsider to the language and traditions, and must cope with the unfamiliarity of a new school system and the hostility of an intolerant classmate. As she begins to plant roots in the foreign soil, however, Seema’s confidence starts to bloom, she learns the coping skills necessary to deal with the antagonistic classmate, and discovers that she can build a bridge between two homes.
[Grade Level: 4 - 7]
4.   Gandhi
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The story of the life of Gandhi.
5.   Nene and the Horrible Math Monster
Marie Villanueva (Author), Ria Unson (Illustrator)
Nene is a Filipino American girl and hates math. This book discusses the myth that all Asians excel at mathematics.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
6.   Tet: The New Year
Kim- LAN Tran (Author), Louise Millar (Author), Mai Vo-Dinh (Illustrator)
Ms. Kim teaches her students about Tet, the Vietnamesse New Year. She describes the food, celebrations, and traditions that are typical of the New Year.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
7.   The Blue Jackal
Written by
Rashmi Sharma
An adaptation of a Punchtuntra fable with a message about feeling superior.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
8.   The Iron Moonhunter
Written by
Kathleen Chang
This is a story about the Chinese workers who through hard work and determination, built an incredible railroad.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
9.   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]
10.   Vatsana's Lucky New Year
Written by
Sara Gogol
Vatsana is a twelve year old girl who was born in Portland, Oregon to Laotian parents. She sometimes wishes that her parents would be more American but learns to appreciate her Laotian culture when she runs into racism, prejudice and hatred.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
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