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  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]
  Blue Jay in the Desert
Isao Kikuchi (Illustrator), Marlene Shigekawa (Author)
This is the story of a Japanese-American boy and his family, who are interned during World War II. The boy doesn't quite understand what the internment is all about, but through his eyes we are able to see how it has affected the adults around him. The book includes a brief historical overview of the Japanese-American internment.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
  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]
  Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico
Verna Aardema (Author), Petra Mathers (Illustrator)
A folktale from western Mexico.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  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]
  Brian's Bird
Patricia A. Davis (Author), Layne Johnson (Illustrator)
A young boy who is blind learns to care for his new parakeet.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Brocaded Slipper and Other Vietnamese Tales
Vo-Dinh Mai (Illustrator), Lynette Dyer Vuong (Author)
Five stories from Vietnam.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
  Brother Eagle, Sister Sky
Written by
Susan Jeffers
Using the words of Chief Seattle, the visionary spirit of Native Americans is revealed.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
  The Brothers' Promise
Frances Harber (Author), Thor Wickstrom (Illustrator)
A retelling of a story found in the Talmud where two brothers keep a promise to their father and always take care of one another.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  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]
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