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1.   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]
 
2.   A Portrait of Spotted Deer's Grandfather
Marlowe de Christopher (Illustrator), Amy Littlesugar (Author)
When Spotted Deer's grandfather dreams that one white man can keep the Indians from blowing away forever, Moose Horn agrees to let George Catlin paint his portrait.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
3.   A Quilt for Kiri
Judith Kunzle (Illustrator), Don Long (Author)
A young girl learns about her grandmother from the quilt she leaves behind after her death.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
4.   Abuela's Weave
Omar S. Castaneda (Author), Enrique O. Sanchez (Illustrator)
A young girl and her grandmother weave clothing and tapestries to take to the market and sell during the fiesta.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
5.   Amazing Grace
Mary Hoffman (Author), Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
A young African-American girl discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
6.   Babu's Song
Aaron Boyd (Illustrator), Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Author)
In Tanzania, Bernardi's grandfather who has lost the ability to speak, helps his grandson realize his dream of going to school.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
7.   Bon Odori Dancer
Karen Kawamoto McCoy (Author), Carolina Yao (Illustrator)
A young girl feels clumsy and insecure during her traditional Japanese dance class until the other girls start helping her.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
8.   Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse
Written by
Walter Dean Myers
A collection of thirty pictures of African-American children with original poems that celebrate their life and pride.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
9.   Brown Bag Ideas from Many Cultures
Written by
Irene Tejada
Ethnic art activities for children that teach traditional designs and techniques from a variety of cultures.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
10.   Butterflies for Kiri
Written and Illustrated by
Cathryn Falwell
Kiri, a Japanese-American girl, who loves to paint and draw, tries and after some initial failure, finally succeeds in making an origami butterfly.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
11.   Calling of the Doves/El canto de las palomas
Juan Felipe Herrera (Author), Elly Simmons (Illustrator)
The author recalls his childhood in the mountains and valleys of California with his farmworker parents who inspired him with poetry and song.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
12.   Cherries and Cherry Pitts
Written by
Vera B. Williams
A young girl draws pictures and tells stories about her world.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
13.   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]
 
14.   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]
 
15.   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]
 
16.   Daddies
Written by
Adele Aron Greenspun
Photographs and text depict the many special things that fathers do with their children.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
17.   Dance, Kayla!
Written by
Darwin McBeth Walton
A young girl uses her dancing to help her cope during difficult times.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
18.   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]
 
19.   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]
 
20.   David's Drawings
Written and Illustrated by
Cathryn Falwell
A young boy draws a picture and enjoys having his schoolmates add their drawings to it; later in the day he enjoys creating another picture that is all his own.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
21.   Dia's Story Cloth
Chue Cha (Illustrator), Dia Cha (Author), Nhia Thao Cha (Illustrator)
A book about the story cloth made for the author by her aunt and uncle which chronicles the life of the Hmong people in their native Laos.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
22.   Dragon Kite of the Autumn Moon
Valerie Reddix (Author), Jean Tseng (Illustrator), Mou-Sien Tseng (Illustrator)
A contemporary Taiwanese story combines fantasy and reality as a young boy makes a special kite for Kite Day.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
23.   Families: A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment and Love
Written by
Aylette Jenness
Photographs and text depict the lives of 17 families.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
24.   Going Back Home: An Artist Returns to the South
Toyomi Igus (Author), Michelle Wood (Illustrator)
An artist refers to her African American heritage through her art.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
25.   Grandmother's Dreamcatcher
Becky Ray McCain (Author), Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)
While spending a week with her grandmother, a young girl learns to make a dream catcher.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
26.   Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights
John Himmelman (Illustrator), Leslie Kimmelman (Author)
An extended family celebrates the eight nights of Hanukkah.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
27.   Honoring Our Ancestors: Stories and Pictures by Fourteen Artists
Edited by
Harriet Rohmer
Fourteen artists and picture book illustrators present paintings with descriptions of the ancestors who have inspired them.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
28.   I See the Rhythm
Toyomi Igus (Author), Michele Wood (Illustrator)
A visual and poetic introduction to the history of African-American music.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
29.   Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Written and Illustrated by
Simms Taback
A young boy learns how to make something from nothing.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
30.   Joshua's Masai Mask
Dakari Hru (Author), Anna Rich (Illustrator)
Fearing that his classmates will ridicule his playing the kalimba in the school talent show, Joshua, an African-American boy, uses a magical Masai mask tp transform himself into different people, before realizing that his own identity is one of value.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
31.   Just Like Me: Stories and Self-Portraits by Fourteen Artists
Edited by
Harriet Rohmer
The art of fourteen inspirational artists, who, over the course of twenty years have shared their art and lives with children.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
32.   Kids Explore America's Hispanic Heritage
Written by
Westridge Young Writer’s Workshop
Writings by students in grades 3-7 on topics of Hispanic culture, including dance, cooking, games, history, art, songs and role models.
 
33.   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]
 
34.   Mai-Li's Surprise
Marjorie Jackson (Author), Cheryl Kirk Noll (Illustrator)
A young girl helps her brother make a beautiful kite.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
35.   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]
 
36.   My Brother's Keeper: The Holocaust through the Eyes of an Artist
Written by
Israel Bernbaum
An artist describes the Holocaust and explains how he tries to tell the story of that catastrophe through his art.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
 
37.   New Year Be Coming!A Gullah Year
Katharine Boling (Author), Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
Verses written in the Gullah dialect of the southeastern U.S. seacoast and illustrated in woodcuts describe the months of the year and the activities of each month.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
38.   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]
 
39.   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]
 
40.   Pueblo Indian
Steven Cory (Author), Richard Erickson (Illustrator)
Pueblo Indian tradition and history are depicted with realistic illustrations.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
41.   Rag Coat
Written by
Lauren A. Mills
A young girl proudly wears her new coat made of clothing scraps and tells her classmates the stories behind each piece of fabric.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
42.   Sadako
Eleanor Coerr (Author), Ed Young (Illustrator)
The story behind the tradition of the paper cranes which have come to be a symbol of peace throughout the world.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
43.   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]
 
44.   Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
Deborah Hopkinson (Author), James Ransome (Illustrator)
A young girl stitches a quilt with the map pattern she used to escape to freedom.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
45.   Tar Beach
Written and Illustrated by
Faith Ringgold
Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name, a young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home claiming all she sees for herself and her family.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
46.   The Blues of Flats Brown
Nina Laden (Illustrator), Walter Dean Myers (Author)
A junkyard dog runs away from his abusive master and makes a name for himself playing blues on his guitar.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
47.   The Cherokees
Ronald Himler (Illustrator), Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (Author)
A glimpse into the history and culture of the Cherokees.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
48.   The Color of My Words
Written by
Lynn Joseph
A young girl finds herself faced with turning points that will make up who she is and help her understand what it means to be part of a family and a community.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
49.   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]
 
50.   The Golden Bracelet
Nonny Hogrogian (Illustrator), David Kherdian (Reteller)
Based on an Armenian tale, an indolent prince learns to weave beautiful golden cloth, a craft that later saves his life.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
51.   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]
 
52.   The Keeping Quilt
Written by
Patricia Polacco
The story of a quilt passed on from mother to daughter for almost a century.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
53.   The Long Red Scarf
Nette Hilton (Author), Margaret Power (Illustrator)
When grandfather can't find a woman to knit him a scarf, he learns to knit his own.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
54.   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]
 
55.   The Piano
Susan Keeter (Illustrator), William Miller (Author)
A young African-American girl's love of music leads her to a job in the home of an older white woman who not only teaches the girl to play the piano, but also about caring for others.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
56.   The Quiltmaker's Gift
Jeff Brumbeau (Author), Gail de Marcken (Illustrator)
A generous quiltmaker agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king but only under certain conditions.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
57.   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]
 
58.   The Secret to Freedom
Larry Johnson (Illustrator), Marcia Vaughn (Author)
Great Aunt Lucy tells the story of her slave days when she and her brother learned the quilt code to help direct other slaves, and eventually her brother too to freedom in the north.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
59.   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]
 
60.   The Singing Man
Angela Shelf Medearis (Adapter), Terea Shaffer (Illustrator)
A young man is forced to leave his West African village because he chooses music over the more practical occupation of his brothers.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
61.   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]
 
62.   Totem Pole
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A Tsimshian Indian proudly describes how his father carves a totem pole for the Klallam tribe.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
63.   Traditional Crafts from Mexico and Central America
Randall Gooch (Illustrator), Florence Temko (Author)
Instructions on how to make traditional Mexican and Central American handicraft, such as metal ornaments, tissue paper banners and Guatemalan worry dolls.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
64.   Weaving a California Tradition: A Native American Basketmaker
Dugan Aguilar (Illustrator), Linda Yamane (Author)
An eleven-year-old Western Mono Indian and her relatives prepare materials for basketweaving, make the baskets and attend the California Indian Basketweavers Association's annual gathering.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
65.   Wood-Hoopoe Willie
Virginia Kroll (Author), Katherine Roundtree (Illustrator)
Willie dreams of playing the African instruments that his grandfather describes.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
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