The Sunnyside Diversity Book List

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The complete book list below is ordered by the first column, the subject. Click on the table headers to order by different columns. Many of the books on this list can be found at Forbes Library or a Western MA Library in the C/W MARS network.

Subject Areas Title Authors Publisher Year Ages Description
Ability/DisabilityA Very Special CritterMayer, MercerGolden Books19950-3,
3-5
About a new student in class who uses a wheelchair.
Ability/DisabilityDon't Call Me Special: A First Look at DisabilityThomas, Pat
and Lesley Harker
Barron Educational Series20053-5,
5-8
This picture book explores questions and concerns about physical disabilities in a simple and reassuring way. Younger children can find out about individual disabilities, special equipment that is available to help the disabled, and how people of all ages can deal with disabilities and live happy and full lives.
Ability/Disability,
Individual Differences
Fritz and the Beautiful HorsesBrett, JanHoughton Mifflin Company19813-5A kind and gentle pony, Fritz, though not considered physical attractive, proves he is a more than worthy member of a town known for its beautiful horses.
Bilingual/SpanishPolar Bear, Polar Bear/ Oso polar, oso polar, que es ese ruido?Carle, Eric
and Bill Martin
Henry Holt and Co.20000-3Great Spanish translation
Bilingual/SpanishGreen Eggs and Ham/Huevos Verdes Con JamonDr. Seuss,
and Aida Marcuse
Lectorum Publications19923-5,
5-8
A great translation
Bilingual/SpanishWe All Went on Safari/ Nos fuimos todos de safariKrebs, Laurie
and Yanitzia Canetti
Barefoot Books20050-3,
3-5
A counting book we like
Bilingual/SpanishMy Friends/Mis AmigosGomi, TaroChronicle Books20063-5A bilingual book we like
Bilingual/SpanishGood Night Moon/ Buenas Noches LunaBrown, Margaret WiseAims Intl Book Corps19950-3Good translation
Bilingual/SpanishThe Big Red Barn / El Gran Granero RojoBrown, Margaret WiseRayo19960-3Good translation
Bilingual/SpanishEl Conejito Andarin/ The Runaway BunnyBrown, Margaret WiseRayo20060-3The comforting story of a little bunny's imaginary game of hide-and-seek and the lovingly steadfast mother who finds him every time.
Bilingual/SpanishBrown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?/ Oso Pardo, oso pardo, que ves ahi?Carle, Eric
and Bill Martin
Henry Holt and Co.20090-3Great Spanish translation
Bilingual/Spanish,
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
AntonioGonzalez, Rigoberto
and Cecilia Alvarez
Children’s Book Press20053-5,
5-8
Bilingual story.  A boy's conflict about showing his class that he has two moms. 
Bilingual/Spanish,
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Hispanic
Diez Deditos: Ten Little Fingers & other play rhymes and action songs from Latin AmericaKleven, ElisaDutton Juvenile20023-5,
0-3
This can also come with a CD. Jose-Luis Orozco is probably the best in terms of Spanish music for children. He has put out maybe a dozen CDs of Spanish children's music which are simple traditional songs that make it easy to learn Spanish.
Bilingual/Spanish,
Service/Social Action,
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Hispanic
Si Se Puede: Yes We Can!Cohn, DianaCinco Puntos Press20055-8A Mexican  boy who lives with his grandmother and mother in LA, learns important lessons when his mother, a janitor, goes on strike with other janitors; text in English and Spanish
Death/AgingDragonflies and Waterbugs: Explaining Death to Young ChildrenStickney, Doris
and Gloria Ortiz Hernandez
Pilgrim Press20105-8,
9-12
How can we answer the many questions young children have about death? Looking for a meaningful way to explain the death of a five-year-old friend to neighborhood children, Stickney adapted a graceful fable about a water bug that changed into a dragonfly.
Death/AgingThe Fall of Freddy the LeafBuscaglia, LeoSlack19823-5,
5-8
The book uses the gentle, concrete metaphor of the annual changes in leaves on a tree to help anyone appreciate the different phases of life.
Death/Aging,
Family Composition
Nana Upstairs and Nana DownstairsdePaola, TomiePuffin20003-5,
5-8
Originally published in 1973, this autobiographical picture book was one of the first to introduce very young children to the concept of death. Given its graceful treatment of a difficult subject, it has been a parental staple ever since, and a new generations of readers will be glad to discover this timeless tale in a lovely new edition.
Death/Aging,
Multicultural,
Native American,
Inuit Culture
Northern Lights, The Soccer TrailsKusugak, Michael ArvaarlukAnnick Press Ltd19933-5,
5-8
An Inuit girl mourns the loss of her mother and seeks comfort from a traditional fable told to her by her grandmother.
Death/Aging,
Religion/Spirituality,
Buddhist
The Mountains of TibetGerstein, MordicaiHarperCollins19895-8,
3-5
This story of the death and reincarnation of a Tibetan woodcutter is a beautifully gentle look at one human being dealing with life's choices and possibilities.
Death/Aging,
Religion/Spirituality,
Christian
What is HeavenShriver, Maria
and Sandra Speidel
Golden Books Adult Division20075-8,
3-5
What should parents say when a loved one dies? Heaven is a difficult subject that always comes up at tough times, and Maria Shriver has written a very special book precisely for these stressful moments. What's Heaven? is the story of Kate, a little girl whose great-grandma has just died. She seeks answers, and her mother helps her learn about Heaven.
Family CompositionFamiliesKuklin, SusanHyperion20003-5,
5-8
A beautiful photo essay with short pieces in kids' voices celebrating the diversity of American families
Family CompositionThe Mommy BookParr, ToddLittle, Brown Young Readers20023-5All types of moms in colorful illustrations. Another great book by Todd Parr.
Family Composition,
Adoption
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was BornCurtis, Jamie LeeHarperTrophy20000-3About a little girl and how her adoptive mom and dad met her on the day she was born and became family with her
Family Composition,
Adoption
A Mother for ChocoKasza, KeikoPutnam Juvenile19963-5,
5-8
Choco a little bird finally gets adopted by a loving bear mom.
Family Composition,
Adoption,
Gay/Lesbian,
Multicultural
Felicia’s Favorite StoryNewman, LesleaTwo Lives Publishing20023-5,
5-8
About a little girl adopted from Guatemala by her Puerto Rican and New York born moms
Family Composition,
Adoption,
Single Parenting
I Love You Like Crazy CakesLewis, Rose
and Jane Dyer
Little, Brown Young Readers20000-3About a single, American mom and the baby she adopts in China
Family Composition,
African-American Contemporary,
African
Boundless GraceHoffman, MaryPuffin20003-5,
5-8
This is the second story after, "Amazing Grace." Here Grace must overcome her own preconceptions and fears to accept and find acceptance with her divorced and remarried father's "other" family in Africa. Grace travels to visit her father in Gambia, Africa and learns that "families are what you make them."
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
King and Kingde Haan, Linda
and Stern Nijland
Tricycle Press20033-5,
5-8
A prince marries a prince.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
King and King and Familyde Haan, Linda
and Stern Nijland
Tricycle Press20043-5,
5-8
Continuation of the King&King book as the 2 dads adopt a girl.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
The Different DragonBryan, JenniferTwo Lives Press20063-5,
5-8
A Sunnyside parent in Northampton wrote this book about a boy (who just happens to have 2 moms) telling a bedtime story about a dragon who does not want to be fierce anymore.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue DadValentine, JohnnyAlyson Books20043-5A boy with two blue dads.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
And Baby Makes 4Benjamin, JudithMotek Press20093-5 About a little girl becoming a big sister when one of the moms in her two mom family is pregnant. Told through photographs.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story.Considine, Kaitlyn Taylor twomomsbooks.com20053-5A little girl with two moms who learns to be nicer to their cat.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
Daddy, Papa, and Me.Newman, LesleaTricycle Press20090-3,
3-5
A sweet board book about a toddler’s day with two dads.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
Mommy, Mama, and MeNewman, LesleaTricycle Press20090-3,
3-5
A sweet book about a toddler’s day with two moms
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
Oh The Things Mommies Do!: What Could Be Better Than Having Two? Tompkins, CrystalOh the things mommies do20093-5,
0-3
Shows a variety of two mom families at work and play.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents and Their FamiliesGillespie, Peggy
and Kath, Gigi Kaeser, a Weston
University of Massachusetts Press19993-5,
5-8
A photo book of family portraits and interviews of LGBTQ parents and their children.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
Heather Has Two MommiesNewman, LesleaAlyson Wonderland19893-5One of the first books published for LGBT families. Besides the obvious two mom theme, talks about how kids have all different kinds of families, blended, single parent, adoptive, interracial, etc.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
And Tango Makes ThreeRichardson , Justin
and Peter Parnell
Simon and Schuster20053-5,
5-8
A true story about a penguin with two dads at the New York Central Park Zoo!
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
The Family BookParr, ToddLittle, Brown Books20033-5,
5-8
A simple, colorful and fun book that depicts all kinds of families. A favorite line from the book is: "Some families look like each other. Some families look like their pets."
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
Molly’s FamilyGarden, NancyFarrar Straus Giroux20043-5,
5-8
When Molly draws a picture of her two mom family in kindergarten, the other kids learn that families come in all shapes..
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
1, 2, 3 A Family Counting Book Combs, BobbieTwo Lives Publishing20010-3,
3-5
Gay-parented families depicted in illustrations of counting book.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian
Donovan's Big DayNewman, LesleaTricycle Press20113-5,
5-8
Donovan gets to be the ring bearer at his two mom's wedding.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian,
Adoption,
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Contemporary
In Our Mothers' HousePolacco, PatriciaPhilomel20093-5,
5-8
The oldest of three adopted children recalls her childhood with mothers Marmee and Meema in a multi-racial family.
Family Composition,
Gay/Lesbian,
Divorce
Saturday is Patty DayNewman, LesleaNew Victoria Publishing19933-5,
5-8
About a divorced two-mom family.
Family Composition,
Individual Differences
“Let’s Get a Pup!” Said KateGraham, BobCandlewick20030-3Mom & dad but they have tats & piercings but are wholly "normal" a great visual/story
Family Composition,
Individual Differences
We Are All Alike... We Are All DifferentCheltenham Elementary School, Kindergarteners ofScholastic Inc.19913-5Photos and illustrations show multicultural make up of the children in a Pennsylvania kindergarten class. Note: no gender diversity in families.
Gender,
Gender: Female
Girls A to ZBunting, EveUnknown 20043-5,
5-8
A celebration of girls and their dreams from Aliki the astronaut to Zoe the zookeeper.
Gender,
Gender: Female
Cinder EdnaJackson, Ellen HarperCollins19985-8,
3-5
A clever re-invention of the classic Cinderella story. A double story following Cinderella and her creative neighbor Cinder Edna.
Gender,
Gender: Female
Pirate GirlFunke , Cornelia The Chicken House20055-8,
3-5
A girl who outwits pirates, a book with strong women characters.
Gender,
Gender: Female
The Princess KnightFunke, Cornelia The Chicken House20043-5,
5-8
A princess comes to her own rescue.
Gender,
Gender: Female
Sleeping BobbyOsborne , Mary Pope
and Will Osborne
Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books20055-8A female "hero" in this version of sleeping beauty.
Gender,
Gender: Female,
Gender: Male
The Story of Ferdinand Leaf, Munro Puffin20073-5The funny story of Ferdinand, a pacifist bull who would rather smell flowers than fight. Originally published in 1936 by The Viking Press.
Gender,
Gender: Male,
Individual Differences
Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon QuiltErnst, Lisa CampbellLothrop, Lee & Shepard Books19833-5While mending the awning over the pig pen, Sam discovers that he enjoys sewing the various patches together but meets with scorn and ridicule when he tries to joins his wife's quilting club.
Gender,
Gender:Female
The PaperBag PrincessMunsch, Robert
and Michael Martchenko
Annick Press19923-5,
5-8
Disrupts the conventional princess stereotype — she saves the prince.
Gender,
Gender:Male
The Boy who Cried FabulousNewman, Leslea
and Peter Ferguson
Tricycle Press20073-5,
5-8
Roger is always late because he thinks everything in the world is "fabulous!". The adults in his life learn to appreciate his outlook.
Gender,
Gender:Male
Oliver Button is a SissydePaola, TomieVoyager Books19793-5,
5-8
A book that addresses name-calling and gender stereotypes.
Gender,
Gender:Male,
Gay/Lesbian
The Sissy DucklingFierstein, HarveySimon & Schuster20023-5,
5-8
Elmer duck is called a sissy, much to his father's chagrin, but he marches to his own beat and saves his father from hunters at the end.
Homelessness/Hunger/PovertyThe Lady in the BoxMcGovern, Ann Turtle Books19995-8A compassionate book about two children's response to a homeless woman.
Homelessness/Hunger/PovertyA Chair for My MotherWilliams , Vera Greenwillow Books19845-8A tender story told through the eyes of a young girl of a family that has lost its possessions in a fire.
Individual DifferencesIt’s Okay to be DifferentParr, ToddLittle, Brown Young Readers20093-5,
5-8
Individual DifferencesMaxGraham, BobCandlewick Press20063-5Parents are superheroes but he's not quite one; a great book
Individual DifferencesThe GiantessHasler, EvelineKane/Miller Book Publishers19975-8
Individual DifferencesStellalunaCannon, JanellDavid Bennett Books19973-5,
5-8
Individual DifferencesRoberto The Insect ArchitectLaden, NinaChronicle Books20000-3
Individual DifferencesWe’re Different We’re the Same (Sesame Street)Kates, BobbiRandom House Books for Young Readers19923-5,
5-8
Sesame Street Muppets cavort cheerfully with people of all sizes, shapes and ethnicities.
Individual DifferencesStarting Small: Teaching Tolerance in Preschool and the Early GradesPaley, Vivian GussinTeaching Tolerance1997AdultThe teachers of young children who speak to us so earnestly in the stories in Starting Small work in different communities but share a common vision: that children can learn to care about every other person's feelings, beliefs and welfare.
Individual DifferencesMinikinCosgrove, StephenPrice Stern Sloan19843-5,
5-8
A very small lamb learns self-acceptance and confidence
Individual DifferencesAm I Really Different?Van Dort, EvelienFloris Books19980-3This book gently makes the point that everyone is unique and special; and that laughing at someone for being different is really rather silly.
Individual DifferencesA Color of His OwnLioni, LeoKnopf20060-3,
3-5
One chameleon is not pleased with his changeable appearance. It isn't until he befriends another older, wiser chameleon that our hero begins to find inner peace, even as his outer surface is transformed again and again.
Individual DifferencesFrederickLioni, LeoDragonfly Books19670-3,
3-5
While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick seems to daydream the summer away. When cold weather comes, it is Frederick the poet-mouse who warms his friends and cheers them with his words. Teaches the importance of art and poetry... as food for the spirit!
Individual Differences,
Characters of Color
LouieKeats, Ezra JackViking Juvenile20040-3,
3-5
Individual Differences,
Characters of Color
Regards to the Man in the MoonKeats, Ezra JackPuffin20093-5
Individual Differences,
Gender,
Race/Ethnicity/Culture
Free to be You and MeThomas, MarloRunning Press Book Publishers19733-5,
5-8
The sentiments of thirty-five years ago are as relevant today as when this book was published. Celebrating individuality and challenging stereotypes empowers both children and adults with the freedom to be who they want to be and to have compassion and empathy for others who may be different.
Individual Differences,
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Ability/Disability
All Kinds of People: What makes us different.Waters, JenniferSpyglass Books20023-5,
5-8
Explores the diversity among humankind, including differences in physical appearance, communication, mobility, and personality.
MulticulturalSharing Cultures (CD)Jenkins, Ella20033-5,
5-8
Wonderful.  Lots of songs in Spanish, some in Hebrew, one in Japanese, some Gospel. Also by Ella Jenkins, "You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song."
MulticulturalMama's Lullaby, Lullabies Sung by Women Around the World (CD)CD, 20013-5,
5-8
Italian, Israeli, French, Irish, Siberian, Zimbabwian, Japanese....and more!
MulticulturalTales of Wisdom and WonderLupton, HughBarefoot Books20083-5,
5-8
Seven stories from different cultures (Haitian, Cree, English, French, West African, Russian, and Irish) are retold in this collection by a seasoned storyteller.
MulticulturalMy Granny Went to the Market: Around the World Counting RhymesBlackstone, StellaBarefoot Books20063-5,
5-8
Granny buys a flying carpet from a man in Istanbul and travels around the world, purchasing items indigenous to each country she visits. It is an international counting rhyme.
Multicultural,
Asian
First Book of SushiSanger, Amy WilsonTricycle Press20010-3Board Book with rhyming and artful descriptions of sushi.
Multicultural,
Asian
Yum Yum Dim SumSanger, Amy WilsonTricycle Press20030-3Board book with rhyming and artful descriptions of Chinese dim sum.
Multicultural,
Asian,
-- Asian Historical
The Firekeeper's SonPark, Linda SueClarion Books20043-5,
5-8
In early-19th century Korea, after Sang-hee's father injures his ankle, Sang-hee takes over the task of lighting the evening fire which signals to the palace that all is well. Includes historical notes.
Multicultural,
Asian
The Emperor and the KiteYolan, JanePhilomel Books19885-8When the Emperor is imprisoned in a high tower, his smallest daughter, whom he has always ignored uses her kite to save him.
Multicultural,
Asian,
Immigrant Experience
Dragon ParadeChin, Steven A.Raintree Steck-Vaughn19933-5,
5-8
A Chinese New Year story about an immigrant who introduces Chinese New Year to the general population of San Francisco during the Gold Rush Years.
Multicultural,
Gender:Female
GrandmotherMuten, BurleighBarefoot Books20065-8Muten retells eight folktales with the purpose of restoring the image of the wise woman "as a benevolent, resourceful, independent, informed guide, who is respected in her community." The stories come from Senegal, Japan, Russia, Hawaii, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, and Sweden, and are a mixture of the familiar ("The Old Woman Who Was Right" and "Old Mother Holle") and the lesser known ("The Midwife and the Djinn" and "The Woman in the Moon").
Multicultural,
Race/Ethnicity/Culture
Small World Books (series)Swain, GwenythFirst Avenue Editions20000-3,
3-5
Great, simple books for toddlers on up- "Bedtime!" "Get Dressed", "Eating" and many other titles - beautiful photos of kids from around the world - showing different traditions around these common activities – with simple words
Multicultural,
Race/Ethnicity/Culture
Nine O'Clock LullabySinger, MarilynHarperTrophy19933-5,
5-8
A beautifully illustrated book that transports readers around the world to view what happens around the world, in 16 countries on 6 continents, when it's 9 p.m. in Brooklyn. Great inclusion of diverse cultures and some of their traditions.
Multicultural,
Race/Ethnicity/Culture
A Little Bit of Soul FoodSanger, Amy WilsonTricycle Press20040-3Board book with rhyming and artful descriptions of southern foods.
Multicultural,
Race/Ethnicity/Culture
Mangia! MangiaSanger, Amy WilsonTricycle Press0-3Board book with rhyming and artful descriptions of Italian foods.
Multicultural,
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian
Celebrating Chinese New YearHoyt-Goldsmith, DianeHoliday House / New York19985-8,
3-5
This book depicts a San Francisco boy and his family preparing for and enjoying their celebration of Chinese New Year, their most important holiday.
Multicultural,
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Jewish
The Shabbat BoxSimpson, LesleyKar-ben Publishing20013-5,
5-8
When it is finally Ira's turn to take his nursery school class's Shabbat Box home, he loses it in a snowstorm and must decide what to do next.
Race/Ethnicity/CultureLet’s Talk About RaceLester, JuliusAmistad20083-5,
5-8
Amherst author.
Race/Ethnicity/CultureWhat if Zebras Lost Their StripesReitano, John
and William Haines
Paulist Press19983-5,
5-8
Race/Ethnicity/CultureNina BonitaMachado, Ana Maria
and Elena Iribarren
Kane/Miller Book Publishers19963-5,
5-8
This enchanting story of diversity, in which a very white rabbit falls in love with a very dark girl and longs to discover the secret for being so dark and pretty, juxtaposes soft illustrations with simple text.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Contemporary,
Hispanic
The Adventures of Sugar and JuniorMedearis, Angela ShelfHoliday House20013-5,
5-8
The friendship and adventures of Sugar Johnson, a black girl, and Santiago Ramirez, a Hispanic boy known as Junior.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Multiracial,
African-American Contemporary
You Be Me I’ll be YouMandelbaum, PiliKane/Miller Book Publishers19903-5,
5-8
Anna, the interracial child of a white father and black mother, explores questions and yearnings she has about her identity by "switching" skin-colors with her father.
Race/Ethnicity/CultureThe Colors of UsKatz, KarenHenry Holt20073-5,
5-8
Lena's mother insists that there are many different shades of brown. Lena discovers that she and her friends and neighbors are all beautiful shades of brown.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African
Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West AfricaMcDermott, GeraldHarcourt Brace & Company19963-5By the same author who did Arrow to the Sun. A little but clever rabbit seeks wisdom and has funny adventures along the way; based on a Nigerian folk tale.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African
Bringing The Rain to Kapiti PlainAardema, VernaScholastic, Inc.19923-5,
5-8
An African folktale in rhyming prose about a shepherd who brings rain to a drought ridden plain.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African
Catch That Goat! A Market Day in NigeriaAlakija, PollyBarefoot Books20073-5,
5-8
While her mother is out, Ayoka is supposed to "look after the goat." The goat escapes to a busy Nigerian market and Ayoka searches for the goat by talking to vendors/neighbors along the way.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African
My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and MeAngelou, MayaCrown Books20033-5,
5-8
A superb portrayal of Ndebele village life in South Africa and art for young children.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African
We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey through TanzaniaKrebs, Laura
and Julia Cairns
Barefoot Books20040-3The young reader will learn numbers from one to ten in English and Swahili as Mosi, Tumpe, Arusha, and other friends count African wildlife.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African
Mama Panya's Pancakes: A village tale from KenyaChamberlin, Mary
and Rich Chamberlin
Barefoot Books20060-3Mama Panya is planning on using her few coins at the market to buy the ingredients to dinner. Adika invites all of their friends and neighbors to dinner.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African
It Takes a VillageCowen-Fletcher, JaneScholastic19993-5,
5-8
Based on the West African proverb, a mother asks her daughter to watch her younger brother in the market. She soon loses track of him but he is okay because everyone at the market cares for him.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African
Mufaro's Beautiful DaughtersSteptol, JohnScholastic Inc.19875-8An African folktale about two sisters, one honest and true, one deceitful, who journey to a city to seek marriage to the king.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African,
Gender
The Village of Round and Square HousesGrifalconi, Ann 19863-5,
5-8
African folk tale told by a little girl and her grandmother who live in the village of Tos in West Central Africa.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African,
Homelessness/Hunger/Poverty,
Service/Social Action
Beatrice's GoatMcBrier, Page3-5,
5-8
This is a true story about how one Ugandan child, given the right tools, is able to lift her family out of poverty with the help of Heifer Project International.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African,
Service/Social Action
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari MaathaiNivola, ClaireFrances Foster Books20083-5,
5-8
Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai encouraged people to repair their economy, land, and health with the simple acts of planting more trees. Nivola writes about potentially complex, abstract relationships, such as those between ecological preservation and human health, with clear language that shows connections that children will easily grasp. The story of how each human and tree can make a difference will inspire young people.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African,
Service/Social Action,
Gender: Female
Seeds of ChangeJohnson, Jen CullertonLee & Low Books20105-8A biography of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a female scientist who made a stand in the face of opposition to women's rights and ecosystem by planting millions of trees.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Contemporary
GogglesKeats, Ezra JackPuffin19983-5Everyone wants the goggles that Peter, a black boy, found
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Contemporary
Just Right StewEnglish, KarenBoyds Mills Press20033-5,
5-8
It's Big Mama's birthday and her family decides to surprise her by making her favorite dish, oxtail stew. Unfortunately, no one knows all of the ingredients.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Contemporary
Thank You, Dr. King!Reid, RobinSimon Spotlight20033-5,
5-8
A little black boy and his grandma celebrate Martin Luther King Day together, and talk about how to be friends with people who are different and help each other out.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Contemporary
Pass It On: African American Poetry for ChildrenHudson, WadeScholastic Press19933-5,
5-8
A potpourri of poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, Eloise Greenfield, Nikki Giovanni and Langston Hughes is interspersed with works by lesser known writers.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Contemporary
Happy to be Nappyhooks, Bell
and Chirs Raschka
Jump the Sun19993-5Renowned feminist and social critic bell hooks takes on... hair! "Hair for hands to touch and play! Hair to take the gloom away." This rhythmic read-aloud is, on the surface, all about hair: nappy, plaited, long, short, natural, twisted, "soft like cotton, flower petal billowy soft, full of frizz and fuzz." Comb through the surface and find a celebration of childhood and girls and the freedom to express individuality.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Contemporary
Apt. 3Keats, Ezra JackPuffin19993-52 black brothers who live in an apartment befriend a blind musician
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Contemporary,
Characters of Color
The Snowy Day Keats, Ezra JackPuffin20043-5Classic story about a black boy exploring a new snowfall.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Contemporary,
Gender,
Gender:Female
Amazing GraceHoffman, MaryDIAL20075-8A girl wants to play Peter Pan in her classroom’s production of the play.  Her mother and Nana encourage her when some of the kids say she can’t play that part because she’s black and a girl.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Contemporary,
Single Parenting
Jonathan and His MommySmalls, IreneLitte, Brown Books19940-3A young black child and his mother take a walk around their urban neighborhood, turning the trip into a game as they go.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Historical
Rosa Giovanni, NikkiHenry Holt and Co.20073-5
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Historical
Mysterious TheloniousRaschka, ChrisLive Oak Media20033-5,
5-8
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Historical
Stomping at the SavoyCampbell, Bebe MoorePhilomel20063-5,
5-8
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Historical
The People Could Fly: American Black FolktalesHamilton, Virginia
and Leo and Diane Dillon
Knopf Books for Young Readers19939-12Unforgettable folk tales about escaping slavery.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Historical
The Story of Ruby BridgesColes, RobertScholastic Inc.19955-8An account of the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in 1960, New Orleans.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Historical
Ellington Was Not a StreetShange, Ntozake
and Kadir Nelson
Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing20045-8,
9-12
In the poem, Shange recalls her childhood when her family entertained many of the "-men/who changed the world," including Paul Robeson, W.E.B. DuBois, Ray Barretto, Dizzy Gillespie, "Sonny Til" Tilghman, Kwame Nkrumah, and Duke Ellington. Both the words and the rich, nostalgic illustrations are a tribute to these visionaries
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Historical
Charlie Parker Played Be BopRaschka, ChrisLive Oak Media19970-3Charlie Parker Played Be Bop is a colorful, whimsical romp through the world of jazz.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Historical
Duke Ellington: the piano prince and his orchestraPinkney, Andrea DavisScholastic Inc.19995-8A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Historical
Satchel Page: Don't Look BackAdler, David A.Harcourt, Inc.20075-8,
3-5
At an age when most players retire, Satchel Page, who had been confined to playing in the negro leagues rises to stardom in major league baseball.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Historical
When Marian SangRyan, Pam MunozScholastic Press20025-8An introduction into the life of Marian Anderson, an extraordinary singer and the first African American to perform with the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change. A powerful, poignant bioraphy.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
African-American Historical,
Religion/Spirituality
The Invisible PrincessRinggold, FaithCrown Publishers, Inc.19993-5,
5-8
Mama and Papa Love have a child, the Invisible Princess, who saves them and the other plantation slaves from their cruel master. They all find happiness in the Invisible Village of Peace, Freedom, and Love.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian
YokoWells, RosemaryHyperion19983-5Yoko the kitten has gone off to her school with her willow-covered cooler filled with sushi, looking forward to a good day. But her classmates tease her mercilessly when lunch time rolls around.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian
The Korean CinderellaClimo, ShirleyHarper Collins Publishers19933-5,
5-8
Beautifully illustrated version of the Cinderella story showing historical, traditional rural Korean Life.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian
Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon FestivalLin, GraceKnopf Books20103-5,
5-8
Lin fashions a child-friendly introduction to the mid-autumn harvest moon festival with engagingly simple text and colorful, oversize gouache illustrations.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian
Dim Sum for EveryoneLin, GraceDragonfly Books20033-5,
5-8
A family with three daughters arrives at a restaurant for a meal of "little dishes." Describes Chinese dining tradition of Dim Sum.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian
Bringing in the New YearLin, GraceKnopf20083-5,
5-8
This exuberant story follows a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian
The Chinese MirrorGinsburg, MirraHarcourt Brace & Company19883-5A retelling of a traditional Korean tale in which a mirror brought from China causes confusion within a family as each member looks in it and seek a different stranger.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian,
Indian
Elephant Dance: A Journey to IndiaHeine, TheresaBarefoot Books20073-5,
5-8
The scenes alternate between Grandfather's depictions of his homeland India and the boy's life in an unidentified country, where his family continues to embrace their traditions.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian,
Sibling rivalry
Big Red LollipopKhan, RukhsanaViking JuvenileMarch 4, 20103-5,
5-8
Sibling rivalry (a universal concept) as seen through the eyes of Rubina, a young first generation South Asian girl.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian,
Death/Aging
The Green FrogsHeo, YumiHoughton Mifflin Company19965-8A folktale about two green frogs who always disobey their mother, explaining why green frogs cry out whenever it rains.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian,
Family Composition
The Ugly VegetablesLin, GraceCharlesbridge Publishing20093-5,
5-8
A Chinese-American girl and her mother grow Chinese vegetables in a neighborhood where everyone else grows flowers. The girl thinks the garden is ugly but soon learns the beauty in being different.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian,
Family Composition
Kite FlyingLin, GraceDragonfly Books20043-5,
5-8
A Chinese girl describes how the members of her family come together to make and fly a dragon kite.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian,
Gender: Female,
Individual Differences
China's Bravest GirlChin, CharlieChildren's Book Press19935-8Legend of Hua Mu Lan who goes to war disguised as a man to save the family honor and becomes a great general. English with Chinese translation.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian,
Homelessness/Hunger/Poverty,
Service/Social Action
Sam and the Lucky MoneyChinn, KarenLee & Low Books19973-5,
5-8
Sam receives four red envelopes with money as part of the traditional Chinese New Year celebration. He decides that his four dollars would be best spent on the barefoot stranger he meets.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian,
Multicultural,
Immigrant Experience
Angel Child, Dragon ChildSurat, Michele MariaScholastic Inc.19833-5,
5-8
A young Vietnamese girl and her siblings struggles to assimilate into American culture while awaiting being reunited with their mother.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian,
Religion/Spirituality
Tenzin's DeerSoros, BarbaraBarefoot Books20053-5,
5-8
A story of a young Tibetan boy's efforts to care for a wounded deer aptly reflect the compassionate and caring values pervading Tibetan culture.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Asian,
Religion/Spirituality
Tibetan Tales for Little BuddhasRose, NaomiClear Light Pub20043-5,
5-8
Three traditional Tibetan tales that exemplify Tibetan Buddhist beliefs.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
Vicky the VetBrooks, FelicityUsborne Publishing Ltd.20063-5,
5-8
Does not address diversity explicitly, but does show people of diverse races throughout. It’s more subtle, but I appreciated that approach.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
The PaperboyPilkey, DavOrchard Books19960-3,
3-5
Story of a boy who wakes up very early and delivers newspapers with his dog. Lovely, lyrical text and beautiful illustrations create a quiet mood and intimate tone.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
Bear on a Bike Blackstone, Stella Barefoot Books20010-3,
3-5
Young black boy tries to keep up with a bear as they try out various modes of transportation. Enchanting illustrations and lovely, repetitive text.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
Not Norman: A Goldfish Story Bennett, Kelly Candlewick20053-5,
0-3
A little boy is disappointed when he receives a goldfish for his birthday. However, as Norman performs acrobatics and makes the child laugh, listens attentively during his show-and-tell presentation when the rest of the class does not, sings along during band practice, and comforts him when he is awakened by a scary noise at night, the boy comes to love and appreciate the pet he at first disdained.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
Rain FeetJohnson, Angela Scholastic19940-3First of four board books showing Joshua, a young African American boy, celebrate a rainy day
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
Sammy: the Classroom Guinea Pig Berenzy, AlixHenry Holt and Co.20053-5,
5-8
Ms. B. and her class figure out what is wrong with Sammy, one morning. We learn some facts about guinea pigs, and about friendship.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
Olu’s DreamEvans, Shane W.Shane W. Evans20093-5,
5-8
Olu's dad tells him to go to bed, but his imagination takes him through fantastic adventures while he sleeps.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
JaftaLewin, HughCarolrhoda Books19830-3 A young African boy learns to express his strong feelings through animals.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
Splish! Splash! Jarnow, JillReading Railroad Books20000-3,
3-5
Minimal text and glorious photos and illustrations of kids enjoying water play during the summer
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
Pet Show! Keats, Ezra JackPicture Puffins19723-5,
5-8
The children decide which pets to enter in a neighborhood pet show.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
Whistle for WillieKeats, Ezra JackViking19640-3,
3-5
Nearly wordless story of Peter learning to whistle for his dog
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
Lola at the LibraryMcQuinn, Anna
and Rosalind Beardshaw
Charlesberg20063-5,
5-8
Lola, a young black child, discovers how much she loves the library.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
More, More, More, Said the BabyWilliams, VeraGreenwillow Books19960-3The spontaneity and delight of play is captured perfectly in this trio of multigenerational, multiracial "love stories" about three pairs of babies and their grown-ups
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
All the Colors we AreKissinger, KatieRedleaf Press20023-5,
5-8
It provides straight forward information for children, teachers, and parents that answers the often asked and hard-to-answer questions about how we get our skin color.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
Daisy the DoctorBrooks, FelicityUsborne Publishing Ltd.20083-5,
5-8
Does not address diversity explicitly but does show people of diverse races throughout the stories. It's more subtle but I appreciated that approach as well.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
Feast for 10Falwell, CathrynClarion Books19933-5A counting book with an African American family.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color
The Hello Goodbye WindowJuster, NortonHyperion Books for Children20053-5The kitchen window at her grandparents' house is a magic gateway for one little girl who is multiracial. The story depicts the special relationship she has with her grandparents.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color,
African-American Contemporary
Red Dancing ShoesPatrick, Denise LewisMulberry Books3-5,
5-8
An African American girl shows off the dancing shoes given to her by her grandmother
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color,
African-American Contemporary
Totally Wonderful Miss PlumberryRosen, MichaelWalker Books Ltd20063-5,
5-8
It is a totally wonderful morning and Molly brings Grandma's special crystal into school for Show and Tell. But when everyone is more interested in Russell's water-squirting stegosaurus, suddenly Molly's day becomes totally horrible. Luckily Miss Plumberry knows just what to do to make Molly's day totally wonderful again!
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color,
Bilingual/Spanish
Kitchen DanceManning, Maurie J.Clarion20083-5,
5-8
Two children wake up to the sounds of clanging and singing coming from the ktichen.Expressive pictures and joyful text -- Como te quiero! -- celebrate home and family.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color,
Family Composition
Black is Brown is TanAdoff, ArnoldAmistad20043-5,
5-8
Originally published in 1973, Black Is Brown Is Tan was the first children's book to feature an interracial family.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Characters of Color,
Family Composition
Two Mrs. GibsonsIqus, ToyomiChildren20013-5,
5-8
A narrator describes her life growing up with her African American grandmother and Japanese mother.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Hispanic
FridaWinter, JonahArthur A. Levine Books20023-5About the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Gorgeous -illustrations
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Hispanic
Dream CarverCohn, DianaChronicle Books20023-5,
5-8
A Oaxacan Mexican boy who carves traditional animal figures with his father, follows his dream of carving in new ways.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Hispanic
Abuela (English Edition with Spanish Phrases)Dorros, ArthurDutton Juvenile19973-5,
5-8
This book is in English but introduces Spanish phrases into the story. It is about a girl and her Puerto Rican grandmother. The illustrations are beautiful.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Hispanic
La IslaDorros, Arthur
and Elisa Kleven
Dutton Juvenile19993-5,
5-8
This is a sequel to Abuela where Rosalba and her grandmother fly like birds to Puerto Rico.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Hispanic,
Bilingual/Spanish
Off We Got to Mexico!Krebs, LaurieBarefoot Books20083-5,
5-8
A family visits Mexico and view different regions and cultural celebrations. This is a rhyming book with some Spanish words.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Hispanic,
Bilingual/Spanish
Tales Our Abuelitas Told: An Hispanic Folktale CollectionFlor Ada, AlmaAtheneum20065-8Collection Hispanic Folktales in Spanish and English
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Hispanic,
Bilingual/Spanish
Pio Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery RhymesFlor Ada, AlmaRayo20030-3Tradtional Hispanic nursery rhymes in Spanish and English
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Immigrant Experience,
Jewish,
Family Composition
When Jessie Came Across the SeaHest, AmyCandlewick Press19975-8A thirteen-year-old Jewish orphan reluctantly leaves her grandmother and immigrates to New York City, where she works for three years sewing lace and earns money to bring her grandmother to the Unites States.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Individual Differences,
Bilingual/Spanish
El Color de mi Piel: Hablemos del racismo or The Skin I'm In: A First Look at RacismThomas, Pat
and Lesley Harker
Juventud20083-5,
5-8
A simple explanation of racism, its basic causes, and the ways in which it can lead to unfair practices. Written by a psychotherapist and child counselor, the book promotes positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers. It also features a guide for parents on how to use the book, a glossary, suggested additional reading, and a list of resources.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Native American
Mama, Do You Love Me? Joosse, Barbara M.Chronicle Books19913-5Inuit daughter tests her mother’s love by imaginary changes into a walrus, polar bear, etc. Beautiful illustrations that show aspects of Inuit culture.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Native American
Big Moon TortillaCowley, JoyBoyds Mills Press20025-8,
9-12
A picture book set on a Tohono O'odham (Papago) reservation in southern Arizona. 
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Native American,
Death/Aging
The Legend of Lady's SlipperWargin, Kathy-joSleeping Bear Press20015-8Suspenseful tale of a maiden's run through the forest in an attempt to save the people of her village. The pink and white flowers of the lady's slipper that carpet the ground each spring are a tribute to her sacrifice.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Native American,
Religion/Spirituality
Arrow to the SunMcDermott, GeraldPuffin Books19773-5Based on a Pueblo Indian myth, this is the story of a boy who doesn’t know who his father is, and in searching to find the answer, discovers that his father in the Sun.
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Religion/Spirituality
Tales from Celtic LandsMatthews, Caitlin3-5,
5-8
The joyous stories, songs and blessings of the Celtic peoples from Ireland, Scotland, Whales and Brittany create an irresistible magic both for descendants of the Celts and those from other traditions
Race/Ethnicity/Culture,
Service/Social Action
Listen to the WindMortenson, GregDialJanuary 22, 20093-5,
5-8
Picture book version of Three Cups of Tea. Greg Mortenson helps to build a school in a remote rural village in Pakistan. Information about Pakistan and the Pennies for Peace program.
Religion/Spirituality,
Characters of Color,
African-American Contemporary
Finding the Green StoneWalker, AliceHarcourt Brade Jovanovich, Publishers19915-8After saying unkind things to his family and friends, Johnny loses both the green stone and his interest in life, and he only recovers them when he discovers love in his heart.
Religion/Spirituality,
Jewish
Rivka's First ThanksgivingRael, Elsa OkonAladdin20013-5,
5-8
Religion/Spirituality,
Jewish
Sammy Spider's First Trip to IsraelRouss, SylviaKar-Ben Publishing20023-5,
5-8
Religion/Spirituality,
Jewish
Sammy Spider's First HanukkahRouss, SylviaKar-Ben Publishing19933-5,
5-8
Religion/Spirituality,
Jewish
Sammy Spider's First PassoverRouss, SylviaKar-Ben Publishing19953-5,
5-8
Religion/Spirituality,
Jewish
The Eight Nights of ChanukahNewman, LesleaAbrams Books for Young Readers20023-5,
5-8
Religion/Spirituality,
Jewish
Something From NothingGilman, PhoebeScholastic19933-5,
5-8
Religion/Spirituality,
Jewish
Runaway Dreidel!Newman, LesleaHenry Holt and Co.20073-5,
5-8
Religion/Spirituality,
Jewish
Joseph Had a Little OvercoatTaback, SimmsViking Juvenile19990-3,
3-5
Based on a Yiddish song. Caldecott Medal winner.
Religion/Spirituality,
Jewish
Mrs. Moskowitz and the Sabbath CandlesticksSchwartz, AmyJewish Publication Society of America19839-12
Religion/Spirituality,
Jewish,
Homelessness/Hunger/Poverty,
Service/Social Action
Bagels from BennyDavis, AubreyKids Can Press, Ltd.20053-5,
5-8
Very sweet story about a little boy and his grandfather who owns a bakery - with a great message about homelessness.
Service/Social ActionThe Peace BookParr, ToddLittle, Brown20043-5,
5-8
Service/Social Action,
African-American Historical
A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher StoweAdler, David A.Holiday House20035-8Details the life and achievements of the abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose book Uncle Tom's Cabin, is said to have started the Civil War.