Stories about people from various cultures and countries.

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Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Song
Ashley Bryan

J818.54 BRY

Ashley’s autobiography is full of art, photographs, and the poignant never-say-never tale of his rich life, a life that has always included drawing and painting.


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The Name Jar
Yangsook Choi

E CHOI

After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.


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Little Mama Forgets (Melanie Kroupa Books)
Robin Cruise

E CRUISE

Although her Mexican-American grandmother now forgets many things, Luciana finds that she still remembers the things that are important to the two of them. Includes glossary of Spanish words used.


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Under the Lemon Moon
Edith Hope Fine

E FINE

The theft of all the lemons from her lemon tree leads Rosalinda to an encounter with la Anciana, the Old One, who walks the Mexican countryside helping things grow, and to an understanding of generosity and forgiveness.


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The Other Half of My Heart
Sundee T. Frazier

J FRAZIER

Twin daughters of interracial parents, eleven-year-olds Keira and Minna have very different skin tones and personalities but it is not until their African American grandmother enters them in the Miss Black Pearl Pre-Teen competition in North Carolina that red-haired and pale-skinned Minna realizes what life in their small town in the Pacific Northwest has been like for her more outgoing, darker-skinned sister.


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Duck for Turkey Day
Jacqueline Jules

HOLIDAY E JULES

When Tuyet finds out that her Vietnamese family is having duck rather than turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, she is upset until she finds out that other children in her class did not eat turkey either.


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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Grace Lin

J LIN

Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.


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Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding
Lenore Look,Yumi Heo

E LOOK

A Chinese American girl describes the festivities of her uncle’s Chinese wedding and the customs behind them.


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Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (Pura Belpre Medal Book Illustrator (Awards))
Yuyi Morales

J398.2097 MEXICO MOR

In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle’s door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.


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Listen to the Wind
Greg Mortenson

J371.822 MORTENSON

Greg Mortenson stumbled, lost and delirious, into a remote Himalayan village after a failed climb up K2. The villagers saved his life, and he vowed to return and build them a school. The remarkable story of his promise kept is now perfect for reading aloud. Told in the voice of Korphe’s children, this story illuminates the humanity and culture of a relevant and distant part of the world in gorgeous collage, while sharing a riveting example of how one person can change thousands of lives.


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The Sandwich Swap
Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah,Kelly DiPucchio

E RANIA

Best friends Lily and Salma disagree over their preferred foods, but after trading sandwiches to see how they taste, the girls change their minds.


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My Name Is Yoon
Helen Recorvits,Gabi Swiatkowska

E RECORVITS

Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or “shining wisdom,” refers to herself as “cat,” “bird,” and “cupcake,” as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country.


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Becoming Naomi Leon
Pam Munoz Ryan

J RYAN

When Naomi’s absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.


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Esperanza Rising
Pam Munoz Ryan

J RYAN

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.


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My Dadima Wears a Sari
Kashmira Sheth

E SHETH

Two young sisters raised in America learn about the beauty and art of wearing a sari from their wise Indian grandmother.


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Suki's Kimono
Chieri Uegaki

JE UEGAKI

Suki’s favorite thing is her blue cotton kimono. A gift from her obachan, it holds special memories of her grandmother’s visit over the summer. And Suki is going to wear it on her first day of school, not matter what anyone says.


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What a Wonderful World
George David Weiss,Bob Thiele

E WEISS

Children put on a puppet show, using the words to the song, “What a Wonderful World.”


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The Other Side
Jacqueline Woodson

JE WOODSON

Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.


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