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  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]
  Baba Yaga: A Russian Folktale
Eric A. Kimmel (Author), Megan Lloyd (Illustrator)
When a terrible witch vows to eat her for supper, a little girl escapes with the help of a towel, a comb and kindness.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
  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]
  Babushka Baba Yaga
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
A lesson in the power of love and in not judging others by their appearance.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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]
  Bajo la luna de limón/Under the Lemon Moon
Eida do La Vega (Author), Edith Hope Fine (Author), René King Moreno (Illustrator)
A girl learns about generosity and forgiveness when she discovers someone has stolen lemons from her tree.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Balancing Girl
Lillian Hoban (Illustrator), Bernice Rabe (Author)
Margaret, a first grader, is excellent at balancing things while in her wheelchair. She is excited for the school carnival because she has one of the best acts prepared.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
  Ballerino Nate
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Author), Robert W. Alley (Illustrator)
After attending a student ballet performance with his kindergarten class, Nate decides he wants to become a ballet dancer, but is discouraged by his second-grade, sports-loving brother, who pronounces, "You can't... You're a boy," and reminds Nate at every turn that his dream is for girls' and will require him to wear pink shoes and a dress. Despite his parents’ reassurance, Nate is still apprehensive when he begins a ballet class and learns that he is the only boy enrolled. Nate's mother takes him to a real ballet performance, where he sees that half the dancers are men. Nate gets to meet one of the dancers, who agrees that a man can't be a ballerina, because that means "woman dancer." Instead, he tells Nate that he hopes some day to be a top ballerino, and Nate feels good about his new pursuit at last.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
  The Barking Mouse
Alfredo Aguirre (Illustrator), Antonio Sacre (Author)
A Spanish-speaking mouse family enjoys a picnic until a cat threatens them; the mother mouse's knowledge of another language saves the day. The story is interspersed with Spanish words.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  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]
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