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A Black child's dreams are filled with the images of the people and places of Africa.

Explains, in simple terms, the reasons for skin color, how it is determined by heredity, and how various environmental factors affect it.

When Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.

Amira is excited because tomorrow is Eid with special clothes, treats, gifts, and a morning party at her mosque; but then she realizes that she is going to miss class picture day at school, so Amira has to figure out a way to be in two places at once.

A girl explains how her parents are different in color, tastes in art and food, and pet preferences, and how she herself is different too but just right.

Through lively text and delightful illustrations, this truly inclusive book celebrates all the different human bodies that exist in the world.

Allegorically represents the struggles of migrant families at the U.S.–Mexico border while also highlighting the habitat destruction caused by building walls.

A little girl who is the best chicken catcher in her whole Nigerian village injures her ankle when her chase goes a little too far up a baobab tree, prompting a helpful lesson from Nana about the importance of thinking just as quickly as she runs.

A young emperor, whose advisors have taken advantage of him, enlists the help of honest tailors to reveal their misdeeds in this retelling of the classic fairy tale. Includes historical notes and instructions for making a robe.

The story of a lonely bunny, Marlon Bundo, who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, and the very special day when he met another boy bunny named Wesley that changed his life forever.

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

Longing to wear a colorful malafa cloth like the women in her Muslim community in Mauritania, young Lalla learns how the garment honors her faith and cultural traditions before her mother invites her to try on a beautiful blue cloth and join her in prayers.

Lili loves to cook little dumplings called baos with her grandmother, but when cabbage is needed, Lili races up and down the stairs of her grandmother's apartment building to find the ingredient and help the other grandmothers borrow ingredients for different dumplings.

Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela's best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments right across the street from each other. But not after today - not after Evelyn moves away.

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers but by drawing from the strength of the powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment.

A spirited group of kids gathers in a lush green field for a rousing game of futbol (soccer).

As children help a Native American grandmother make fry bread, delves into the history, social ways, foodways, and politics of America's 573 recognized Indian tribes.

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Pictures and text celebrate girls from around the world.

A powerful celebration of Black boyhood, countering many of the negative messages that a racist society puts forth about African American boys. 

The story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds.

Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. 

Presents a word, with English translation, for each of the twenty-four letters in the Swahili alphabet. Brief explanation of each word introduces an East African custom.

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.

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A young Muslim girl puts on a head scarf and not only feels closer to her mother, she also imagines herself as a queen, the sun, a superhero, and more.

After leaving his war-torn country with his family, Mustafa visits a park near his new home and finds beautiful flowers, lady bugs, fall leaves, and finally, a friend.

A young girl in Haiti is eager to learn how to carry a basket to market in an exuberant picture book with universal appeal.

Various people at a backyard picnic offer their comments on a young African-American girl's tightly curled, "nappy" hair.

Based on a true story. After her parents are taken away by the Taliban, young Nasreen stops speaking. But as she spends time in a secret school, she slowly breaks out of her shell.

A little boy builds a ship to honor his late grandfather and sets sail for the magical place where ocean meets sky from his grandfather's stories.

On a small family farm, an old truck falls into disrepair and lies nearly forgotten, except by the family's daughter. As an industrious young woman, she pulls the rusted and overgrown vehicle from its almost-grave and restores it.

A crew of resourceful neighbors comes together to prepare a meal for their community. 

A child living in a mud house in a village on the edge of a forbidding desert teams up with her brothers to build a creative bicycle from everyday items and embarks on an adventure.

This beautifully illustrated, powerful tribute tells the journey of African descendants in America by connecting their history to the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

A prince and a knight in shining armor find true love in each other's embrace after fighting a dragon together.

A rhyming twist on a classic fairy tale in which a queen places a pea under a young lady's mattress to see if she is truly a princess. Incorporates Spanish words and Includes a glossary.

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Pen pals Elliott and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries--America and India--they both love to climb trees, own pets, and ride school buses.

Rhyming verse describes the diversity of skin color, promotes self-esteem, and explores how children can be both unique and similar at the same time.

After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates.

A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt story of the same name.

Playful illustrations, engaging animal characters and a repeating refrain introduce youngsters to a mitzvah celebration of new friends, forgiveness, respect for elders and acts of kindness.

Using text and his own paintings, the author describes the experiences of Indians of North America in general as well as his experiences growing up as a Plains Cree Indian in Canada.

This poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes.

Looks at the life and accomplishments of a rock legend who created a unique sound that fused American blues, rock, and jazz traditions with the sound of Latin American and African music.

A touching and lyrical picture book about a parent who encourages their child to find joy and pride in all aspects of their multicultural identity.

When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can't sleep. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them, "You're safe with me.

A group of Native American kids from different tribes presents twelve historical and contemporary time periods, struggles, and victories to their classmates, each ending with a powerful refrain: we are still here.

A young narrator describes herself as many things at the same time - a girl, a granddaughter, Indian, American, both selfish and generous, mean and kind - and these seeming contradictions are precisely what makes her a unique individual.

Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby.

Despite the differences between people around the world, there are things in common, such as pain, joy, and love.

By heeding their wise grandmother's advice, a brother and sister discover the ability to lift themselves up and imagine a better world.