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1.   1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving
Margaret M. Bruchac (Author), Catherine O'Neill Grace (Author)
A pictorial presentation of the reenactment of the first Thanksgiving that counters traditional accounts with a more historically accurate version.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
2.   A Christmas Guest
David LaRochelle (Author), Martin Skoro (Illustrator)
An unexpected guest visits a young boy and his mother on Christmas Eve.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
3.   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]
4.   A Lei for Tutu
Rebecca Nevers Fellows (Author), Linda Finch (Illustrator)
A young Hawaiian girl who loves making lei with her grandmother must make a very special one for Lei Day when her grandmother becomes ill.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
5.   Antonio's Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio
Rigoberto Gonzalez (Author), Cecilia Conception Alvarez (Illustrator)
Mother's Day is coming soon, and Antonio is excited to make cards for both his mother and her partner, Leslie. But he's not sure what to do when his classmates make fun of Leslie, an artist, who towers over everyone and wears paint-splattered overalls. As Mother's Day approaches, Antonio must choose whether - or how - to express his connection to both of the special women in his life.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
6.   Asher and the Capmakers: A Hanukkah Story
Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel (Author)
A tale of Asher's extraordinary adventure to borrow an egg so his mother can make latkes for Hanukkah.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
7.   Celebrating Chinese New Year
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A San Francisco family prepares for the Chinese New Year.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
8.   Celebrating Kwanzaa
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A young girl tells the story of her family's Kwanzaa celebration.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
9.   Celebrating Ramadan
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Photographer)
This book is about a young boy named Ibraheem who celebrates the Muslim holiday Ramadan. Ramadan is a time when Muslim people fast and have time for reflection. At the end of Ramadan, there is a three-day feast called Eid al Fitr.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
10.   Chinese New Year
Tricia Brown (Author), Fran Oritz (Illustrator)
Text and photographs depict the celebration of Chinese New Year by Chinese Americans living in San Francisco's Chinatown.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
11.   Christmas Makes Me Think
Chandra Cox (Illustrator), Tony Medina (Author)
A young African-American boy reflects on the spirit of Christmas and thinks of ways he can share what he has with others.
12.   Clambake
John Madama (Illustrator), Russell M. Peters (Author)
The story of a young Mashpee Wampanoag as he hosts his first appanaug for friends and relatives on tribal lands on Cape Cod.
13.   Count Your Way through Korea
Jim Haskins (Author), Dennis Hockerman (Illustrator)
The Korean numbers one to ten are used to introduce young readers to diverse aspects of Korean culture.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
14.   Courtney's Birthday Party
Ron Garnett (Illustrator), Loretta Long (Author)
A young girl is not allowed to invite her African-American friend to her birthday party.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
15.   Daddy's Wedding
Written by
Michael Willhoite
In this sequel to “Daddy’s Roommate”, Nick is asked to be the best man at his father’s and Frank’s wedding. In this story, Nick talks about the gathering of family and friends, the food and the ceremony.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
16.   Dance, Sing, Remember: A Celebration of Jewish Holidays
Ora Eitan (Illustrator), Leslie Kimmelman (Author)
Eleven major Jewish holidays and how they are celebrated. Includes music, stories, recipes, crafts and activities.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
17.   Dancing with the Indians
Samuel Byrd (Illustrator), Angela Shelf Medearis (Author)
A young girl joins her family on an outing to a Seminole powwow and learns something about her own heritage as well.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
18.   Diwali: Hindu Festival of Light
Written by
Dianne M. MacMillan
The history and tradition, as well as the symbols and current celebration of Diwali.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
19.   Dragon Feet
Marjorie Jackson (Author), Mark Mitchell (Illustrator)
Children celebrate the Chinese New Year.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
20.   Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas
Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (Illustrator), Michael J. Rosen (Author)
A young Jewish boy, Michael, is given a carved wooden angel at Christmas-time by his African-American friend, an old man in his eighties (based on an actual person—Elijah Pierce, a wood carver, lay minister, barber, and educator from Columbus). Michael is concerned that an angel may not be an appropriate gift for a Jew, but his parents assure him that it is a gift of friendship and that friendship means the same thing in any religion. In return, Michael presents his friend with a menorah he made and, for all eight nights of Chanukah, the menorah glows and sheds light on Elijah’s beautiful carvings.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
21.   Fat Chance Thanksgiving
Patricia Lakin (Author), Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)
When their apartment burns down and they move to a much smaller place, Mama tells Carla they can't have a big Thanksgiving feast like the Pilgrims in Carla's book, but Carla figures out a way to make that happen.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
22.   Fiesta Fireworks
Written by
George Ancona
A young girl's grandfather makes fireworks for one of the biggest fiestas in Mexico.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
23.   God Must like Cookies, Too
Beth Glick (Illustrator), Carol Snyder (Author)
A young girl goes to temple for Shabbat with her grandmother. Throughout the servcie, the young girl gets excited for the cookies that she will have at Oneg, after Shabbat.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
24.   Guests
Written by
Michael Dorris
Set in Massachusetts during the time of the first Thanksgiving, a young Algonquin boy is alarmed when the annual harvest feast is threatened by the arrival of strange new people.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
25.   Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights
John Himmelman (Illustrator), Leslie Kimmelman (Author)
An extended family celebrates the eight nights of Hanukkah.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
26.   Hanukkah!
Marilyn Hafner (Illustrator), Roni Schotter (Author)
Five children and their family celebrate the holiday.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
27.   Hanukkah: Eight Nights, Eight Lights
Malka Drucker (Author), Brom Hoban (Illustrator)
The history, customs, rituals and recipes associated with the holiday.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
28.   Have A Happy: A Novel About Kwanzaa
Carole Byard (Illustrator), Mildred Pitts Walter (Author)
A family celebrates Kwanzaa.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
29.   It’s Israel’s Birthday!
Written by
Ellen Dietrick
Part of the “It’s Time” series, this book celebrates Israel’s 60th birthday by taking youngsters on a pretend trip to Israel, where they board a plane, visit a kibbutz, enjoy the shuk (outdoor marketplace) in Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, visit the Kotel (Western Wall), and experience Israel in other ways.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
30.   Juneteenth Jamboree
Yvonne Buchanan (Illustrator), Carole Boston Weatherford (Author)
Cassandra and her family have moved to her parents' hometown in Texas, but it doesn't feel like home to Cassandra until she experiences Juneteenth, the Texas tradition that celebrates the end of slavery.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
31.   Just Enough Is Plenty: A Hanukkah Tale
Seymour Chwast (Illustrator), Barbara Diamond Goldin (Author)
A folktale about a poor family, a stranger and generosity.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
32.   Kinaalda
Written and Illustrated by
Monty Roessel
A Navajo girl takes part in the coming-of-age ceremony, the Kinaalda.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
33.   King and King
Linda de Haan (Author), Stern Nijland (Author)
The queen of a small, unnamed country presses her son to take a wife so that she can retire. The prince, who "never cared much for princesses," caves in and agrees to wed, but none of the potential spouses appeal to him, until Princess Madeleine shows up and the prince falls in love with her brother, Prince Lee. A "very special" wedding ensues and everyone lives happily ever after.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
34.   Kwanzaa
A. P. Porter (Author), Janice Lee Porter (Illustrator)
A presentation of the weeklong African-American holiday.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
35.   Kwanzaa Karamu Cooking and Crafts for a Kwanzaa Festival
April A. Brady (Author), Barbara Knutson (Illustrator), Diane Wolfe (Illustrator), Robert L. Wolfe (Illustrator)
The story of Kwanzaa - its history and meaning - as well as recipes and craft ideas for a Kwanzaa festival.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
36.   Lion Dancer, Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year
Martha Cooper (Illustrator), Madeline Slovenez-Low (Author), Kate Waters (Author)
A young boy will perform his first Lion Dance on the streets of New York City.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
37.   Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers
Pat Mora (Editor), Paul S. Barragan (Illustrator)
In this beautifully illustrated book, 13 Latino poets write with joy, humor, and love about the powerful and undeniable bond between mothers, grandmothers, and children. These talented poets write passionately and vividly about the tremendous influence their mothers and grandmothers had on them.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
38.   Mardi Gras: A Cajun Country Celebration
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
Introduction to a Louisiana Cajun family and their celebration of Mardi Gras, including the music, food and costumes.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
39.   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]
40.   Mirandy and Brother Wind
Patricia C. McKissack (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
A story centered on a family activity, the cakewalk.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
41.   Mom and Mum are Getting Married
Ken Setterington (Author), Alice Priestley (Illustrator)
When Rosie’s two moms tell her about their decision to get married, she is disappointed that the small celebration planned will not afford her the opportunity to be a bridesmaid or flower girl. Rosie finds another option—she and her brother will carry the rings—and a happy wedding ensues. Marriage of same-sex couples is normalized and celebrated in this story without the issue ever being explicitly raised as contentious or a matter of right and wrong.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
42.   Mother’s Day
Anne F. Rockwell (Author), Lizzy Rockwell (Illustrator)
The children in Mrs. Madoff's multicultural classroom share all the ways they'll be celebrating Mother's Day, such as making beignets in powdered sugar, hiking to the top of a mountain, and going to the biggest museum in the city. Rockwell introduces a variety of children, representing many ethnic and family backgrounds, including a single mom and a grandmother who is raising her deceased daughter-in-law's child.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
43.   My First Kwanzaa
Deborah M. Newton Chocolate (Author), Cal Massey (Illustrator)
A young boy and his family celebrate the seven days and principles of this African-American holiday.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
44.   One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story
David A. Adler (Author), Lloyd Bloom (Illustrator)
During Hanukkah two children help a Holocaust survivor to once again embrace his religious traditions.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
45.   Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead
Written by
George Ancona
A photo-essay of a family's celebration of the Fiesta of the Day of the Dead.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
46.   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]
47.   Poppa's Itchy Christmas
Angela Shelf Medearis (Author), John Ward (Illustrator)
A young boy is disappointed with his Christmas gifts until they come in handy.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
48.   Pueblo Indian
Steven Cory (Author), Richard Erickson (Illustrator)
Pueblo Indian tradition and history are depicted with realistic illustrations.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
49.   Ramadan
Suhaib Hamid Ghazi (Author), Omar Rayyan (Illustrator)
Describes the celebration of the month of Ramadan by an Islamic family; describes the meaning and importance of the holiday in the Islamic religion.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
50.   Sam and the Lucky Money
Karen Chinn (Author), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator), Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator)
A young boy uses his New Year money to help a stranger.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
51.   Sam Y El Dinero De La Suerto (translation of Sam and the Lucky Money)
Karen Chinn (Author), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator), Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator)
A Spanish translation of the story of a young boy who must decide how to spend the lucky money he received for Chinese New Year.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
52.   Seven Candles for Kwanzaa
Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
A book that follows the sequence of Kwanzaa, describing the symbols and their meanings.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
53.   Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story
Angela Shelf Medearis (Author), Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
Seven Ashanti brothers are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
54.   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]
55.   Shanté Keys and the New Year's Peas
Gail Piernas-Davenport (Author), Marion Eldridge (Illustrator)
In this multicultural New Year's story, Shanté searches the neighborhood for black-eyed peas -- which symbolize good luck -- for her family's celebration dinner. On her journey, she learns about Chinese New Year and Diwali, as well as how January 1st is celebrated by other members of her community. The author includes additional pages of information about diverse New Year's traditions and special foods.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
56.   Shy Mama's Halloween
Anne Broyles (Author), Leane Morin (Illustrator)
When their father gets sick and cannot take them out trick or treating on their first Halloween in their new country, Anya and her sisters and brother are surprised when their shy mother agrees to accompany them.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
57.   St. Patrick's Day
Written and Illustrated by
Gail Gibbons
The story behind St. Patrick's Day.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
58.   Tet Vietnamese New Year
Dianne M. MacMillan (Author), Charlott Nathan (Illustrator)
How Tet is celebrated in the United States and Canada.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
59.   Thanksgiving at Obaachan's
Written by
Janet Mitsui Brown
A young girl describes the Thanksgiving celebration at her grandmother's house and the things that make it her favorite holiday.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
60.   The Big Book for Peace
Ann Durell (Editor), Marilyn Sachs (Editor)
Seventeen stories, poems, and a song written by well-known authors describing many different forms of peace.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
61.   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]
62.   The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate
Janice Cohn (Author), Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)
The true story describing how the people of Billings, Montana worked together to fight a series of hate crimes.
63.   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]
64.   The Jewish Child's First Book of Why
Harry Araten (Illustrator), Alfred J. Kolatch (Author)
A book for all children which explains Jewish traditions and celebrations.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
65.   The Jones Family Express
Written and Illustrated by
Javaka Steptoe
A young boy tries to find just the right present for his aunt in time for the annual family reunion.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
66.   The Only One Club
Jeff Hopkins (Author), Jane Naliboff (Author)
Mrs. Matthews's first grade class begins making Christmas decorations, but because Jennifer is Jewish, Mrs. Matthews allows her to make Hanukkah decorations instead. Jennifer enjoys the attention and creates "The Only One Club," of which she is the sole member. When her classmates want to join, she is resistant until she realizes that each of her friends is also "the only one" at something. As she inducts them into her club she reveals the unique qualities that make each of her classmates extraordinary.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
67.   The Power of Light
Irene Lieblich (Illustrator), Isaac Bashevis Singer (Author)
Eight tales - one for each night of Hanukkah - explore love and faith.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
68.   The Runaway Latkes
Leslie Kimmelman (Author), Paul Yalowitz (Illustrator)
When three potato latkes "escape," everyone in town tries to catch them.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
69.   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]
70.   The Spotted Pony: A Collection of Hanukkah Stories
Leonard Everett Fisher (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel (Author)
Eight tales, one for each night of the holiday.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
71.   This is Our Seder
Ziporah Hildebrandt (Author), Robin Roraback (Illustrator)
A description of the food and activities at a Seder, the ritual meal of Passover.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
72.   Trees of the Dancing Goats
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
Trisha loves Hanukkah, when her Babushka makes potato latkes and her Grampa carves animals out of wood as gifts for her. But when Trisha learns that her neighbors aren’t able to celebrate Christmas because they are all bedridden with scarlet fever, she finds it difficult to enjoy the Hanukkah festivities. Grampa suggests cutting down trees to bring to the neighbors, but there is nothing to decorate them with. Although it is a sacrifice, Trisha realizes that Grampa's carved animals are the perfect answer and soon she and her family are delivering beautifully ornamented trees to their neighbors and celebrating the miracle of true friendship.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
73.   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]
74.   What Would You Do?
Katherine Altieri (Illustrator), Amarpal Khanna (Illustrator), Los Angeles Dream Dialogue, 1998-2000 (Author), Joanna Marcuse (Illustrator)
Three stories, each presenting a dilemma, written by California teens to assist younger children in resolving difficult life situations.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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