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Amerian Cultures

This is only a short list of the wonderful books that describe and celebrate the many cultures that make up America.  You may notice the shortage of  European American stories; while many children’s books have white characters, there are not many picture books that describe this part of their experience—assimilation into, or their place in, the greater American Culture.

Asian American
Hannah Is My Name: A Young Immigrant’s Story*  by Belle Yang
The Name Jar*  by Yangsook Choi
Home of the Brave  by Allen Say
Grandfather’s Journey  by Allen Say
Bee-bim Bop!  By Linda Sue Park
Baseball Saved Us^   by Ken Mochizuki
Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year  by Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low

Native American
Jingle Dancer*  by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Cheyenne Again^  by Eve Bunting
Building a Bridge   by Lisa Shook Begaye
A Man Called Raven  by Richard Van Camp.
Minnow and Rose: An Oregon Trail Story  by Judy Young
Gray Wolf’s Search  by Bruce Swanson

Eastern (including Islam/Muslim, etc.) American
Mama’s Saris*  by Pooja Makhijani
My Name is Bilal* by Asma Mobin-Uddin
Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story*  by Hena Khan
Nadia’s Hands  by Karen English
The Swirling Hijaab  by Na’ima bint  Robert
Salaam: A Muslim Amerian Boy’s Story by Tricia Brown
A Party in Ramadan  by Asma Mobin-Uddin
The Butter Man  by Elizabeth Alalou and Ali Alalou
One Green Apple  by Eve Bunting

Hispanic American
Grandma’s Records*  by Eric Velasquez
First Day in Grapes*  by L. King Pérez
If the Shoe Fits  by Gary Soto
What Can You Do With a Rebozo?  by Carmen Tafolla
A Day’s Work^  by Eve Bunting
My Feet Are Laughing  by Lissette Norman
Fiesta! A Celebration of Latino Festivals  by Sherryy Shahan
Abuela  by Arthur Dorrow
Oh, Brother!  By Nikki Grimes
The Fiesta Dress: A Quinceañera Tale  by Caren McNelly McCormack

Jewish American
Mrs. Katz and Tush* by Patricia Polacco
One Candle^  by Eve Bunting
When Jessie Came Across the Sea  by Amy Hest
The Keeping Quilt  by Patricia Polacco
The Always Prayer Shawl  by Sheldon Oberman

African American
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story*  by Julius Lester  
I Have Heard of a Land*  by Joyce Carol Thomas
The Color of Home* (Somali) by Mary Hoffman
Henry’s Freedom Box^  by Leen Levine
Uncle Jed’s Barbershop^  by Margaree King Mitchell
Boundless Grace^  by Mary Hoffman
Riding to Washington  by Gwenyth Swain
Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack and the Pioneers of Change  by Michelle Cook
Dear Mr. Rosenwald  by Carole Boston Weatherford
Freedom Summer  by Deborah Wiles
Kwanzaa: Celebrations in My World  by Molly Aloian
Family^  by Isabell Monk
Ragtime Tumpie  by Alan Schroeder
Under the Quilt of Night  by Hopkinson, Deborah
Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter
Working Cotton  by Sherley Anne Williams
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins  by Carole Boston Weatherford
(Great list at:  www.fresnolibrary.org/child/bkch/multi/afr.pdf)

General/Other Cultures
Everybody Cooks Rice*  by Norah Dooley
Everybody Bakes Bread  by Norah Dooley
Everybody Brings Noodles  by Norah Dooley
Everybody Serves Soup  by Norah Dooley
Something About America (Yogoslavian Am.)  by Maria Testa
The Color of Us  by Karen Katz
Faith  by Maya Ajmera, Magda Nakassis and Cynthia Pon
God’s Dream  by Archbishop Desmond Tutu & Douglas Abrams
If Your Name was Changed at Ellis Island  by Ellen Levin


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^ previously read on StoryLine

 

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