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Some stories can be told for older readers as well as younger readers. For example, Wangari Maathai's memoir, Unbowed, is an excellent read for teachers and excerpts could be used with middle through high school students. Elementary teachers can use the picture books Wangari's Trees of Peace, Planting the Trees of Kenya, and Mama Miti to teach about Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai and her quest to solve environmental and social problems in her home country, Kenya.

Tells a true story of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, who introduced the idea of planting trees for peace to Kenyan citizens



Middle East

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The Persian Cinderella - Shirley Climo
A retelling of the traditional Persian tale in which Settareh, neglected and abused by her stepmother and stepsisters, finds her life transformed with the help of a little blue jug.

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Malala Yousafzai: warrior with words
ISBN: 9781630833169
This is the true, inspiring story of Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out for every child's right to education. Malala spoke before the United Nations on her 16th birthday in 2012, just nine months after she was shot

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Sitti's Secrets - Naomi Shihab Nye
A young girl describes a visit to see her grandmother in a Palestinian village on the West Bank.

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One Green Apple
ISBN: 0618434771
While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other studentsÕ red apples

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One Green Apple - Eve Bunting; Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670062874
Publication Date: 2006-06-12

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The Best Eid Ever - Asma Mobin-Uddin
Aneesa and her grandmother come up with a plan to help two girls who are refugees celebrate Eid in America.

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From Far Away - Robert Munsch; Saoussan Askar; Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781550373967
Publication Date: 1995-07-01
Relates the experiences of a five year old girl who immigrated to Canada with her family to escape war torn Beriut, Lebanon


United States

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Everybody's Revolution: A New Look at the People Who Won America's Freedom - Thomas Fleming
Explores the variety of people who participated in the Revolutionary War, including immigrants from all over the world, African-Americans, Native Americans, and women.

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1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving - Catherine O'Neill Grace and Marge Bruchac
This book exposes the myth that the 1621 harvest celebration event was the “first Thanksgiving” and is the basis for the Thanksgiving holiday that is celebrated today. Includes descriptions of the actual events that took place during the three days that the Wampanoag people and the colonists came together.

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A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet - Kathryn Lasky
A biography of an African girl brought to New England as a slave in 1761 who became famous on both sides of the Atlantic as the first Black poet in America.

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Henry's Freedom Box - Ellen Levine
A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

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Talking Walls - Margy Burns Knight; Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0884481654
Publication Date: 1997-05-01
An illustrated description of walls around the world and their significance, from the Great Wall of China to the Berlin Wall

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Street Rhymes Around the World - Jane Yolen (Editor)
ISBN: 1878093533
Publication Date: 1992-03-01
A collection of jump-rope and other play rhymes from seventeen countries, including Brazil, India, Israel, Greece, Armenia, and the United States, in both English and the original language

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The Crossover - Kwame Alexander
ISBN: 9780544107717
Publication Date: 2014-03-18
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
Ages 9-12

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Heart and Soul - Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061730795
Publication Date: 2013-12-23
An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.


African American Fiction

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One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 9780060760885
Publication Date: 2010-01-26
n the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis
ISBN: 0385321759
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963

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The Friendship - Mildred D. Taylor; Max Ginsberg (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140389647
Publication Date: 1998-02-01
Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly black man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930s

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Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 9781416905851
Publication Date: 2008-10-21
The story of a 13-year-old African-American girl who is sold to a cruel, loyalist family living in New York City at the start of the Revolutionary War. Asked to spy on her owners for the Patriot cause, she is reluctant, until she realizes her loyalty lies with the side that can provide her with freedom

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Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 9780399252518
Publication Date: 2014-08-28
Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story. but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery."-The New York Times Book Review"--


African American Picture Books

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Leola and the Honeybears - Melodye Rosales (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0590383582
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
An African American version of Goldilocks and the three bears

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Moses - Carole Boston Weatherford; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786851759
Publication Date: 2006-08-08
Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one.

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Coming on Home Soon - Jacqueline Woodson; Earl Lewis (Illustrator); E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399237488
Publication Date: 2004-10-07
After Mama takes a job in Chicago during World War II, Ada Ruth stays with Grandma but misses her mother who loves her more than rain and snow

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Barack Obama - Nikki Grimes; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416971443
Publication Date: 2008-08-26
When David asks his mother about the man on television, she tells him the story of Barack Obama, discussing his childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia, his parents' divorce, and his desire to help others.

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Child of the Civil Rights Movement - Paula Young Shelton; Raúl Colón (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385376068
Publication Date: 2013-07-23
The author, the daughter of Andrew Young, describes the participation of Martin Luther King, Jr., along with her father and others, in the civil rights movement and in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.


More Global International Books

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Migrant - José Manual Mateo; Javier Martínez Pedro (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419709579
Publication Date: 2014-04-15
"A young Mexican boy tells how he, his mother, and his sister travel across the border to search for his father and for work in Los Angeles"--.


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The Bear's Song - Benjamin Chaud
ISBN: 9781452114248
Publication Date: 2013-09-17
A bee leads honey-hungry baby bear and his reluctant father on a wild chase from the safety of the forest to the lights of a French opera house. The loving relationship of father and cub shines through. Oversize trim size highlights the tiny details in the illustrations.



Global Themes

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Let's Eat!: What Children Eat Around the World - Beatrice Hollyer
Presents a children's book on the traditional foods around the world including Thailand, South Africa, Mexico, France, and India and provides a number of recipes.

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Children Just Like Me - Barnabas Kindersley
Photographs and text depict the homes, schools, family life, and culture of young people around the world.

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A Life Like Mine - Amanda Rayner
Looks at what life is like for children of different countries and how each child can fulfill his or her hopes and ambitions no matter how little or much their human rights are infringed.

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What Does Peace Feel Like? - Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689866760
Publication Date: 2004-11-01

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If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World's People - David J. Smith

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Celebrations! - Barnabas Kindersley; Anabel Kindersley
ISBN: 0789420279
Publication Date: 1997-10-06
Photographs and text depict the homes, schools, family life, and culture of young people around the world

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If Kids Ran the World - Leo Dillon; Diane Dillon
ISBN: 9780545441964
Publication Date: 2014-08-26
In text and pictures, this book tells us how much better the world would be, if kids were allowed to run the world.

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Twenty-Two Cents - Paula Yoo; Jamel Akib (Illustrator)
ISBN: 160060658X
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
"A biography of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, who from a young age was determined to make difference in the world and eventually revolutionized global antipoverty efforts by developing the innovative economic concept of micro-lending. Includes an afterword and author's sources"- - Provided by publisher.



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Africa is Not a Country - Margy Burns Knight
Demonstrates the diversity of the African continent by describing daily life and customs in 25 of its nations.

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Beatrice’s Goat - Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter
McBrier and Lohstoeter recount this true story about how one child, given the right tools, is able to lift her family out of poverty.

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One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference - Katie Smith Milway
Kojo, a poor boy in Ghana, finds a way out of poverty and helps others do the same after he is given a small loan and buys a hen.

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Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales
A collection of traditional stories from different parts of Africa, featuring varied characters and themes.

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Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai - Claire A. Nivola
Relates the story of Wangari Maathai, a native Kenyan who taught the people living in the highlands how to plant trees and care for the land.

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Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story of Africa - Jeanette Winters
Tells the story of Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Prize-winning environmentalist who, shocked to see entire forests being cut down in her native country of Kenya, decides to take action, beginning with the planting of nine seedlings in her own backyard.

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Mimi's Village: And How Basic Healthcare Transformed It - Katie Smith Milway; Eugenie Fernandes (Illustrator)
Mimi's baby sister get sick by drinking unclean water. The family has to walk overnight to another village to see a doctor. Mimi is inspired by the doctor and clinic to bring a clinic to her own village.

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Africa - Yvonne Ayo
ISBN: 9780789460301
Publication Date: 2000-05-31
A survey of the kingdoms and peoples of pre-colonial Africa reveals the traditional lifestyles, beliefs, skills, and crafts of the ancient continent, from the Sahara southwards.

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The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case - Alexander McCall Smith
A Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book for Young Readers. Treats are disappearing from lunches at school and Precious Ramotswe is out to discover who or what is stealing them.

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African Princess - Joyce Hansen; Laurie McGaw (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786851164
Publication Date: 2004-07-26
Offers a collection of six tales about six royal women of Africa from different periods in history, including a princess struggling to survive during the rise of the slave trade and a royal woman dealing with issues in the ancient world in 1473 B.C.


Latin America

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Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico - Verna Aardema
A little lamb uses her clever wiles to keep a coyote from eating her up.

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Everybody Cooks Rice - Norah Dooley; Peter J. Thornton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0876144121
Publication Date: 1991-01-01

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Under the Lemon Moon
ISBN: 1584300515
Publication Date: 2002-04-01
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 an understanding of generosity and forgiveness

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Family Pictures (Cuadros de Familia) - Carmen Lomas Garza (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780892390502
Publication Date: 1990-05-01
The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in a Hispanic community in Texas

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Anacaona - Edwidge Danticat
ISBN: 9780439499064
Publication Date: 2005-04-01
Beginning in 1490, Anacaona keeps a record of her life as a possible successor to the supreme chief of Xaragua, as wife of the chief of Maguana, and as a warrior battling the first white men to arrive in the West Indies, ravenous for gold

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A Season for Mangoes - Regina Hanson; Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 061815972X
Publication Date: 2005-04-18
n Jamaica, Sareen is concerned about participating in her first sit-up, a celebration of the life of her recently deceased grandmother, but discovers that sharing her stories of Nana's passion for mangoes helps lift the sadness

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La Mariposa - Francisco Jiménez; Simón Silva (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780395816639
Publication Date: 1998-09-28
Because he can only speak Spanish, Francisco, son of a migrant worker, has trouble when he begins first grade, but his fascination with the caterpillar in the classroom helps him begin to fit in


Countries of the World






Journey Through Mexico - Barbara Bulmer-Thomas; Martin Camm (Illustrator)
ISBN: 97818551101120
Publication Date: 1997-09-01

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Peru in Pictures - Lerner Publications, Department of Geography Staff
ISBN: 0822518201
Publication Date: 1987-08-01

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Colombia - Tracey Boraas
ISBN: 0736810765
Publication Date: 2002-01-01

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India - Anita Roy; Manini Chatterjee
ISBN: 0789489716
Publication Date: 2002-07-12

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Cuba - Susan Hughes; April Fast
ISBN: 9780778793250
Publication Date: 2004-03-15

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ISBN: 0836823575
Publication Date: 2002-12-01

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Children from Australia to Zimbabwe - Maya Ajmera; Anna Rhesa Versola; Marian Wright Edelman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 088106999X
Publication Date: 1997-07-01

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Pakistan - Jameel Haque
ISBN: 0836823524
Publication Date: 2002-09-01

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Iran - April Fast
ISBN: 9780778796473
Publication Date: 2010-01-15

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Cultural Atlas of China - Caroline Blunden; Mark Elvin
ISBN: 0816038147
Publication Date: 1998-10-01

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Iran - Mary Virginia Fox
ISBN: 0516027271
Publication Date: 1991-04-01

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Egypt - Kathleen W. Deady
ISBN: 0736806261
Publication Date: 2000-07-01

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Israel - Marcia S. Gresko
ISBN: 1575051184
Publication Date: 2000-01-01

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Vietnam - Karen O'Connor
ISBN: 1575051176
Publication Date: 1999-09-01


Global Citizenship Books/ Stories that Shape the World

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The Promise - Nicola Davies; Laura Carlin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763666330
Publication Date: 2014-03-11
In a rundown, stark city, a poor girl tries to snatch an old woman's bag, but the woman extracts a promise from the girl before handing it to her which leads to a magical discovery and a chance to make a positive change in the world.
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United Kingdom

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The Lion and the Bird - Marianne Dubuc (Created by)
ISBN: 9781592701513
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
"A lion finds a wounded bird in his garden and decides to care for it through the winter. When spring arrives, the bird's flock returns. The bird goes off with its flock. Lion is sad. But autumn brings a wonderful surprise"


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Shh! We Have a Plan - Chris Haughton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763672935
Publication Date: 2014-09-09
Spotting an exquisite bird in a tree, three friends execute a series of stealthy plans to capture the bird only to have their efforts foiled, while their quiet, observant companion stretches out his hand to execute a plan of his own.

United Kingdom

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Sweetest Kulu - Celina Kalluk; Alexandria Neonakis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781927095775
Publication Date: 2014-11-01
An Inuit mother’s concepts for welcoming a new baby are expressed in poetic text. Arctic animals are delicately portrayed, along with messages of the gifts they impart to little Kulu. The author is an Inuit throat singer.


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My Heart Is Laughing - Rose Lagercrantz; Eva Eriksson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781877579523
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
After her best friend moves away, Dani is trying her best to stay happy, but when some of the girls in Dani's class start bullying her, she becomes despondent, and her father steps in to help Dani sort out her feelings.


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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin - Chieri Uegaki; Qin Leng (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781894786331
Publication Date: 2014-08-01
Hana decides to play violin in the school talent show, but when the show day arrives, Hana is overcome with nerves until she recalls her grandfather's encouraging words, and shows the audience how beautiful music can take many forms.


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Celia - Christelle Vallat; Stphanie Augusseau (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781441315366
Publication Date: 2014-02-01
Celia, the town listener, collects a seed from each person who shares a problem with her, so when Julian loses his seed on the way to see her, he is unable to let go of his sadness.


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Surprise - Mies van Hout
ISBN: 9781935954347
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
Captures the anticipation, joy, challenges, and rewards of parenthood through depictions of birds with their young.


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Norman, Speak! - Caroline Adderson; Qin Leng (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554983223
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
After a family adopts a dog from a local shelter, they cannot understand why he doesn't respond to commands, until a chance encounter in the dog park reveals that their new dog only understands Chinese. And so the family enrolls in a language class, determined to understand their new pet.

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Wall - Tom Clohosy Cole (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763675608
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
Follows a small boy and his family as they try to reunite with his father after the Berlin Wall is built.

United Kingdom

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Shackleton's Journey - William Grill (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781909263109
Publication Date: 2014-02-18
Presents a visual narrative of Ernest Shackleton's voyage to Antarctica during which his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in ice, forcing the crew on a desperate trek to seek rescue.

United Kingdom

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Anna's Heaven - Stian Hole
ISBN: 9780802854414
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
After the death of her mother, Anna and her father imagine that Heaven might be a place where one can help in God's garden, visit with old friends, and take off one's socks whenever one pleases.


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Not My Girl - Christy Jordan-Fenton; Margaret Pokiak-Fenton; Gabrielle Grimard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554516254
Publication Date: 2014-01-09
When Olemaun returns to her Arctic home, she must relearn her people's ways and find her place once more.


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Lindbergh - Torben Kuhlmann; Suzanne Levesque (Edited and Translated by)
ISBN: 9780735841673
Publication Date: 2014-05-01
Follows the trials of a small mouse who pursues a brilliant idea to escape to America by plane after the introduction of the mechanical mousetrap.


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In Search of the Little Prince - Bimba Landmann (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780802854353
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
Recounts the life of the French author, sharing his work as a pioneer of civil aviation and life as a poet and writer.


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Hope Springs - Eric Walters; Eugenie Fernandes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781770495302
Publication Date: 2014-09-09
Boniface tries to help bring water from the spring to the orphanage, but there isn’t enough water for everyone who needs it. Background information about the true story behind this story of drought in Kenya is appended at the end of this picture book.


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I Remember Beirut - Zeina Abirached (Illustrator); Edward Gauvin (Translator)
ISBN: 9781467738224
Publication Date: 2014-01-10
Drawing from her own childhood recollections in this graphic novel, the author/illustrator presents both the dangers and the everyday inconveniences from the conflict between Christians and Muslims in Beirut in the 1980s


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Lost Girl Found - Leah Bassoff; Laura DeLuca
ISBN: 9781554984169
Publication Date: 2014-03-04
Education spells hope for Poni, a smart, resilient Sudanese girl, but her dreams are crushed after violence strikes her village. She flees to a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, and her desire for a better life prompts her to seize the one chance she has for a brighter future.


Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit - Amrita Das (Illustrator)
ISBN: ISBN9789383145027
Publication Date: 2014-04-15

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Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit - Amrita Das (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9383145021
Publication Date: 2014-04-15
On the train to a large city, a young woman traveling for the first time notices a poor girl and begins to wonder where she is going and what is in store for her.


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The Story of Buildings - Patrick Dillon; Stephen Biesty (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669904
Publication Date: 2014-03-11
Examines how architecture has evolved over time by looking at buildings that typify each period, from the pyramids and the Parthenon to the Chrysler Building and the Sydney Opera House.

United Kingdom

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My Cousin's Keeper - Simon French
ISBN: 9780763662790
Publication Date: 2014-09-09
When the new, strange kid at school turns out to be Kieran's cousin, Kieran will have to choose between fitting in with the other kids and standing up for his cousin against the kids that bully him.


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The Chickens Build a Wall - Jean-François Dumont
ISBN: 9780802854223
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
The chickens build an enormous wall when a hedgehog appears in the barnyard. Unfortunately, they discover they built the wall where the hedgehog had been hibernating, and they had neglected to include a door. The book may be enjoyed as a humorous farm story or as a reminder of how we relate to the “strangers” among us.


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My Happy Life - Rose Lagercrantz; Eva Eriksson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781877579356
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
This is an emotionally honest look at a young girl’s anxieties about starting school, finding and then losing a friend, and ultimately healing in order to appreciate others around her. The 20 brief chapters with frequent pen-and-ink illustrations are engaging and accessible for early chapter book reader


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Sophie Scott Goes South - Alison Lester
ISBN: 9780544088955
Publication Date: 2013-11-19
Sophie (the author’s younger alter ego) accompanies her father, captain of the icebreaker Aurora Australis, on a trip to Antarctica and has adventures both on the ship and in Antarctica. Based on the author’s expedition to Mawson Station, factual information is incorporated in a child-accessible text, including full-color line drawings and photomontages. Glossary and maps included.


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Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and the Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson
A children's book that tells the story of Dr. Greg Mortenson's promise to build a school in a remote Himalayan village after the villagers saved his life.

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African and Asian Dance
ISBN: 9780431933139
Provides an introduction to African and Asian dance, discussing drumbeats, music, styles, techniques, masks, costumes, and other related topics

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Tsunami! - Kimiko Kajikawa; Ed Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399250064
Publication Date: 2009-02-05
A wealthy man in a Japanese village, who everyone calls Ojiisan, which means grandfather, sets fire to his rice fields to warn the innocent people of an approaching tsunami

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The Trip Back Home - Janet S. Wong; Bo Jia (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152007849
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
A young girl and her mother travel to Korea to visit their extended family

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My Mei Mei - Ed Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399243394
Publication Date: 2006-02-16
Antonia gets her wish when her parents return to China to bring home a Mei Mei, or younger sister, for her

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Tua and the Elephant - R. P. Harris; Taeeun Yoo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811877817
Publication Date: 2012-04-18
In Chiang Mai, Thailand, nine-year-old Tua releases an abused elephant from its chains--can she complete the rescue by getting it to an elephant refuge without being caught herself?

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Selvakumar Knew Better - Virginia Kroll; Xiaojun Li (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781885008367
Publication Date: 2009-02-01
When a giant tsunami approaches his village, seven-year-old Dinakaran is saved by the family dog. Based on a true story; includes facts about the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

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Landed - Milly Lee; Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374343144
Publication Date: 2006-02-21
After leaving his village in southeastern China, twelve-year-old Sun is held at Angel Island, San Francisco, before being released to join his father, a merchant living in the area. Includes historical notes

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If I Had a Paka - Charlotte Pomerantz; Nancy Tafuri (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0688008372
Publication Date: 1982-04-01


Refugee/ Immigrant Books

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How Many Days to America? - Eve Bunting; Beth Peck (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0899195210
Publication Date: 1988-09-19
Refugees from a Caribbean island embark on a dangerous boat trip to America where they have a special reason to celebrate Thanksgiving

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Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel - Leslie Connor; Mary Azarian (Illustrator, Translator)
ISBN: 0618305645
Publication Date: 2004-05-25
Miss Bridie emigrates to America in 1856 and chooses to bring a shovel, which proves to be a useful tool throughout her life

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The Matchbox Diary - Paul Fleischman; Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763646011
Publication Date: 2013-03-12
Follow a girl's perusal of her great-grandfather's collection of matchboxes and small curios that document his poignant immigration journey from Italy to a new country

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Oranges on Golden Mountain - Elizabeth Partridge; Aki Sogabe (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0525464530
Publication Date: 2001-02-01
When hard times fall on his family, Jo Lee is sent from China to San Francisco, where he helps his uncle fish and dreams of being reunited with his mother and sister

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My Name Is Yoon - Helen Recorvits; Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374351147
Publication Date: 2003-04-03
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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The Remembering Stone - Barbara Timberlake Russell; Claire B. Cotts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374362424
Publication Date: 2004-04-02
As a young girl and her mother watch the flocks of blackbirds preparing for their journey south, the mother dreams of returning to Costa Rica where she was born.

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Grandfather's Journey - Allen Say (Illustrator); Eve Bunting
ISBN: 0395570352
Publication Date: 1993-10-25
A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries


Global Citizenship and Disabilities

Books on fostering global citizenship and empowering people with disabilities

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El Deafo - Cece Bell; David Lasky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419710209
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower.".

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Wonder - R. J. Palacio
ISBN: 9780375869020
Publication Date: 2012-02-14
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

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Auggie and Me - R. J. Palacio
ISBN: 9781101934869
Publication Date: 2015-08-18
""These stories are an extra peek at Auggie, a boy born with extreme facial abnormalities, before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie s oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie s new friend at school""-- Provided by publisher.

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Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper
ISBN: 9781416971702
Publication Date: 2010-03-09
Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

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Wonderstruck - Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545027892
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.

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Thank You, Mr. Falker - Patricia Polacco
ISBN: 0399231668
Publication Date: 1998-05-04
At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem. An autobiographical tribute to Polacco's fifth-grade teacher, the first adult to recognize her learning disability and to help her learn to read.

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Helen's Big World - Doreen Rappaport; Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786808908
Publication Date: 2012-10-16
An introduction to the life and legacy of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan.

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Ballerina Dreams - Lauren Thompson; James Estrin (Photographer); Joanne Ferrara
ISBN: 9780312370299
Publication Date: 2007-10-02
Meet Abbey, Monica, Nicole, Shekina, and Veronica, five little girls who only dreamed of wearing tutus and dancing onstage until their physical therapist began teaching a ballet class tailored to their needs. Each of these girls has cerebral palsy or a similar disability that makes controlling her muscles a challenge, but they all work hard and -- with some help -- perform their first dance recital beautifully. -- Description by Ellen Foreman.

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Reaching for Sun - Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
ISBN: 9781599900377
Publication Date: 2007-03-06
Josie, who lives with her mother and grandmother and has cerebral palsy, befriends a boy who moves into one of the rich houses behind her old farmhouse.

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Rules - Cynthia Lord
ISBN: 0439443822
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.

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The Junkyard Wonders - Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399250781
Publication Date: 2010-07-08
Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders.".

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Elle and Buddy - K. D. Rausin; Muza Ulasowski (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781942155003
Publication Date: 2015-03-02
At age 14. Arielle was a young girl in a wheel chair, looking for an opportunity to show the world her greatness. she received a racing wheelchair and her world opened up to new opportunities. An inspiring story to anyone who needs to believe anything is possible, with determination.


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