Multicultural Titles

Multicultural Voices that tell a story: Multicultural stories project diverse voices and help celebrate views, opinions, ideas and styles about all kinds of people. Their hopes, aspirations and lifestyles are expressed through these stories. Bibliography list sorted by Call Number

Grade EC - Grade 2

Author.158.1 DIODiOrio, Rana. What does it mean to be global? 1st ed. Belvedere, CA : Little Pickle Press, 2009.

Children learn what it means to be global through exploring, appreciating, and respecting the traditions of children from around the world.


297 ZUCZucker, Jonny. Fasting and dates : a Ramadan and Eid-ul-fitr story. 1st ed. for the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barrons, 2004.

A Muslim family celebrates the festivals of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr, fasting, praying at the mosque on the Night of Power, and, finally, enjoying a delicious feast with loved ones.


305 KALKalman, Bobbie. How are we the same and different? St. Catharines, Ont. ; : Crabtree Pub., c2009.

Same and different? -- The same bodies -- Growing and changing -- Earth is our home -- We have different cultures -- Different beliefs -- We have different talents -- You from A to Z -- Yes, we can! -- How can we be happy? -- Making a difference -- Different is beautiful!. Photographs and simple text introduce young readers to the ways that people around the world are both similar and different, and discusses physical similarities, cultural differences, and more.


305.8 FOXFox, Mem, 1946-. Whoever you are. San Diego :Harcourt Brace, c1997.

Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.


333 NAPNapoli, Donna Jo, 1948-. Mama Miti : Wangari Maathai and the trees of Kenya. 1st ed. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2010.

Wangari Maathai, known as Mama Miti, mother of trees, shares her wisdom with other women by advising them to plant trees native to Kenya to solve their many problems.


370 PADPadmanabhan, Manjula. I am different! : can you find me? 1st U.S. ed. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge ;, 2011.

Provides an introduction to languages from around the world and asks readers to spot differences in illustrations.


398.2 COBCoburn, Jewell Reinhart. Angkat : the Cambodian Cinderella. 1st ed. Auburn, Calif. : Shen's Books, c1998.

A Cambodian version of Cinderella in which a poor girl marries a prince, is killed by her jealous stepfamily, and then, through her virtue, returns to become queen.


398.2 SCHSchram, Peninnah. The magic pomegranate : a Jewish folktale. Minneapolis, MN : Millbrook Press, c2008.

Three handsome and clever brothers compete to find the world's most unusual gift. Includes a note on doing good deeds, or mitzvah, and discusses the symbolism of the pomegranate in Judaism.


811 THOThomas, Shelley Moore. Somewhere today : a book of peace. Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman, 1998.

Poetic verse gives examples of ways in which people bring about peace by doing things to help and care for one another and their world.


KATKatz, Karen. Can you say peace? 1st ed. New York : Holt, 2006.

Every September 21 on the International Day of Peace, children around the world wish in many different languages for peace.


PIC BARBarasch, Lynne. First come the zebra. 1st ed. New York : Lee & Low Books, c2009.

When two young Kenyan boys, one Maasai and one Kikuyu, first meet, they are hostile toward each other based on traditional rivalries, but after they suddenly have to work together to save a baby in danger, the boys begin to discover what they have in common.


PIC COLCole, Heidi, 1976-. Am I a color too? Bellevue, WA :Illumination Arts, c2005.

Presents a children's rhyming book for early readers that describes a little boy's question of race, traits, and human values.


PIC DORDorros, Arthur. Isla. New York : Puffin, 1999, c1995.

A young girl and her grandmother take an imaginary journey to the Caribbean island where her mother grew up and where some of her family still lives.


PIC FLIShamini Flint. Sasha visits Kuala lumpur. Singapore :Sunbear publishing pte.ltd, 2006.

Describes Sasha's visit to Kuala lumpur. Fun and colorful. It describes a multicultural, colourful city nestling in a valley surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, and how the city welcomes tourists.


PIC GONGonzalez, Maya Christina. My colors, my world = :Mis colores, mi mundo. San Francisco : Children's Book Press, c2007.

Maya, who lives in the dusty desert, opens her eyes wide to find the colors in her world, from Papi's black hair and Mami's orange and purple flowers to Maya's red swing set and the fiery pink sunset. Presented in English and Spanish.


PIC HALHallinan, P. K. A rainbow of friends. Nashville, Tenn. : Ideals Children's Books, c1994.

A story in verse about how all friends are special and valuable regardless of differences or difficulties.


PIC PARPark, Frances, 1955-. The Have a Good Day Cafe. 1st ed. New York : Lee & Low Books, c2005.

Mike's grandmother, who has moved from Korea to live with Mike and his family in the United States, inspires him to suggest an idea to help their floundering food cart business.


PIC PINPinkney, Sandra L. A rainbow all around me. New York : Scholastic, c2002.

Uses the early-childhood concept of colors to teach young readers about the broad spectrum of multicultural children who make the world a colorful place.


PIC SHESheth, Kashmira. My dadima wears a sari. 1st ed. Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree, c2007.

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


Fox, Mem, 1946-. Whoever you are. San Diego : Harcourt Brace, c1997.

Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.


Jeyaveeran, Ruth. The road to Mumbai. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

Shoba and her pet monkey, Fuzzy Patel, set out overnight by flying bed to attend Fuzzy's cousin's wonderful wedding in Mumbai, India.


Thomson, Melissa, 1979-. Keena Ford and the second-grade mix-up. New York : Puffin Books, 2009, c2008.

Second grader Kenna Ford tries to do the right thing, but always seems to make things worse, especially when it comes to a mixed up birthday.


Waldman, Debby. A sack full of feathers. Victoria, BC ; : Orca Book Publishers, 2006.

A retelling of a Jewish folktale about Yankel, a boy who does not realize the harm done by the stories he spreads until the rabbi teaches him an important lesson.

Grades 3- 6

294.5 JoHJohari, Harish, 1934-1999. How Ganesh got his elephant head. Rochester, Vt. : Bear Cub Books, c2003.

Relates adventures of Ganesh, the Hindu god of prosperity, and how he became the gods' gift to humanity.


297 ZUCZucker, Jonny. Fasting and dates : a Ramadan and Eid-ul-fitr story. 1st ed. for the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barrons, 2004.

A Muslim family celebrates the festivals of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr, fasting, praying at the mosque on the Night of Power, and, finally, enjoying a delicious feast with loved ones.


305 KAL Kalman, Bobbie. How are we the same and different? St. Catharines, Ont. ; : Crabtree Pub., c2009.

Same and different? -- The same bodies -- Growing and changing -- Earth is our home -- We have different cultures -- Different beliefs -- We have different talents -- You from A to Z -- Yes, we can! -- How can we be happy? -- Making a difference -- Different is beautiful!. Photographs and simple text introduce young readers to the ways that people around the world are both similar and different, and discusses physical similarities, cultural differences, and more.


305.8 FOX Fox, Mem, 1946-. Whoever you are. 1st Voyager Books ed. San Diego : Harcourt, 2001, c1997.

Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.


333 NAP Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948-. Mama Miti : Wangari Maathai and the trees of Kenya. 1st ed. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2010.

Wangari Maathai, known as Mama Miti, mother of trees, shares her wisdom with other women by advising them to plant trees native to Kenya to solve their many problems.


398.2 KIL Kilaka, John. Fresh fish. Toronto, Ont. ; : Douglas & McIntyre ;, 2005.

Sokwe Chimpanzee and the rest of the animals are upset because Dog ran off with Sokwe's basket of fish and caused Lion to break his leg.


398.2 SCH Schram, Peninnah. The magic pomegranate : a Jewish folktale. Minneapolis, MN : Millbrook Press, c2008.

Three handsome and clever brothers compete to find the world's most unusual gift. Includes a note on doing good deeds, or mitzvah, and discusses the symbolism of the pomegranate in Judaism.


973 CHA Cha, Dia, 1962-. Dia's story cloth. 1st ed. New York: Lee & Low Books, c1996.

The story cloth made for her by her aunt and uncle chronicles the life of the author and her family in their native Laos and their eventual emigration to the United States.


PIC ALA Alalou, Elizabeth. The butter man. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, c2008.

While Nora waits for the couscous her father is cooking to be finished, he tells her a story about his youth in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Includes author's note and glossary.


PIC ALT Altman, Linda Jacobs, 1943-. Amelia's road. 1st ed. New York : Lee & Low Books, c1993.

Tired of moving around so much, Amelia, the daughter of migrant farm workers, dreams of a stable home.


PIC BUN Bunting, Eve, 1928-. So far from the sea. New York :Clarion Books, c1998.

When seven-year-old Laura and her family visit Grandfather's grave at the Manzanar War Relocation Center, the Japanese American child leaves behind a special symbol.


PIC CAM Campbell, Nicola I. Shi-shi-etko. Toronto ; : House of Anansi Press ;, c2005.

Shi-shi-etko gathers together many of the things of nature and places them into her bag of memories so that she will never forget her people and land as she prepares to go many miles away to the required residential school.


PIC CHI Chiemruom, Sothea. Dara's Cambodian New Year. 1st Half Moon Books ed. New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster, 1994.

Dara makes the Cambodian New Year very special for his Cambodian American family.


PIC CHI Chinn, Karen, 1959-. Sam and the lucky money. 1sted. New York : Lee & Low Books, c1995.

Sam must decide how to spend the lucky money he's received for Chinese New Year.


PIC DOR Dorros, Arthur. Isla. New York : Puffin, 1999, c1995.

A young girl and her grandmother take an imaginary journey to the Caribbean island where her mother grew up and where some of her family still lives.


PIC FLE Fleming, Candace. Gator gumbo : a spicy-hot tale. 1st ed. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004.

A hungry alligator, slow with age, hopes to catch some good meat to add to his spicy gumbo.


PIC FRI Friedman, Ina R. How my parents learned to eat. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1984.

An American sailor courts a Japanese girl and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating.


PIC GEO George, Lindsay Barrett. Around the world : who's been here? 1st ed. New York : Greenwillow Books, c1999.

A teacher travels around the world viewing animals in their natural habitats and writes back to her class about her findings.


PIC HAR Harrington, Janice N. Going north. 1st ed. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.

A young African American girl and her family leave their home in Alabama and head for Lincoln, Nebraska, where they hope to escape segregation and find a better life.


PIC HOW Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Aunt Flossie's hats (and crab cakes later). New York : Clarion Books, c1991.

Sara and Susan share tea, cookies, crab cakes, and stories about hats when they visit their favorite relative, Aunt Flossie.


PIC HOW Howard, Ginger. A basket of bangles : how a business begins. Brookfield, CT : Millbrook Press, c2002.

With seed money borrowed from a bank, a young woman and four of her friends in India change their lives by starting their own businesses.


PIC HRU Hru, Dakari, 1952-. Joshua's Masai mask. 1st ed. New York : Lee & Low, c1993.

Fearing that his classmates will ridicule his playing thekalimba in the school talent show, Joshua uses a magical Masai mask to transform himself into different people he thinks are more interesting, before realizing that his own identity is one of value.


PIC HUG Hughes, Vi. Aziz the storyteller. 1st American ed. New York : Crocodile Books, 2002.

Although he wants to please his father and earn money selling carpets, Aziz finds himself drawn to the storytellers in the marketplace, including one who has a special gift meant just for him.


PIC KES Kessler, Cristina. The best beekeeper of Lalibela : a tale from Africa. 1st ed. New York : Holiday House, c2006.

In the Ethiopian mountain village of Lalibela, famous for its churches and honey, a young girl determines to find a way to be a beekeeper despite being told that is something only men can do.


PIC LEE Lee-Tai, Amy, 1964-. A place where sunflowers grow. San Francisco, CA : Children's Book Press, c2006.

While she and her family are interned at Topaz Relocation Center during World War II, Mari gradually adjusts as she enrolls in an art class, makes a friend, plants sunflowers and waits for them to grow.


PIC MAN Mannis, Celeste Davidson. One leaf rides the wind :counting in a Japanese garden. New York : Puffin Books, 2005, c2002.

In this collection of haiku poems, a young girl walks through a Japanese garden and discovers many delights, from one leaf to ten stone lanterns. Includes notes about Japanese religion and philosophy.


PIC MOB Mobin-Uddin, Asma. The best Eid ever. 1st ed. Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, c2007.

After receiving gifts from her grandmother, Aneesa goes to the prayer hall to celebrate Eid and meets two refugee children who give her a greater appreciation of the holiday.


PIC MOB Mobin-Uddin, Asma. My name is Bilal. 1st ed. Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 2005.

When Bilal and his sister transfer to a school where they are the only Muslims, they must learn how to fit in while staying true to their beliefs and heritage.


PIC OBE Oberman, Sheldon. By the Hanukkah light. 1st ed. Honesdale, Penn. : Boyds Mills Press, 1997.

A grandfather tells his grandchildren his own Hanukkah story from World War II.


PIC PARPark, Linda Sue. The firekeeper's son. New York :Clarion Books, c2004.

In nineteenth-century Korea, after Sang-hee's father injures his ankle, Sang-hee attempts to take over the task of lighting the evening fire which signals to the palace that all is well. Includes historical notes.


PIC PAU Paul, Ann Whitford. Tortuga in trouble. 1st ed. New York : Holiday House, c2009.

Tortuga arrives at his grandmother's house to bring her supper and is alarmed to find her looking suspiciously like Coyote. Includes a glossary of Spanish words.


PIC ROB Robles, Kuwento Anthony D., 1964-. Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel. San Francisco, CA : Children's Book Press ;, c2006.

A story written in both English and Tagalog about young Lucas, who convinces his friends to fight against being evicted, for needed repairs, and for the right to have karaoke parties in the lobby of the hotel that they call home.


PIC ROD Rodanas, Kristina. Dragonfly's tale. New York :Clarion Books, c1992.

After a poor harvest two children regain the Corn Maidens' blessings for their people with the aid of a cornstalk toy, the dragonfly.


PIC TES Tessler, Manya. Yuki's ride home. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2008.

After an enjoyable day at her grandmother's house, Yuki tries to gather all her courage to ride her bicycle home in the evening fog.


PIC THO Thompson, Holly. The wakame gatherers. Walnut Creek, Calif. : Shen's Books, c2007.

When Nanami's Gram from Maine visits Japan, Nanami's Japanese grandmother, Baachan, takes them to the seashore to gather wakame seaweed. Includes several recipes forwakame.


PIC TRO Trottier, Maxine. The walking stick. Toronto ; :Stoddart Kids ;, 1999, c1998.

When Van finds a walking stick outside a Buddhist temple, he believes that Buddha will protect him as long as he carries it, and so he takes it with him across Vietnam and the ocean to a new country where he passes the stick and his stories on to his granddaughter.


PIC WAL Waldman, Neil. The never-ending greenness : we made Israel bloom. 1st Boyds Mills Press ed. Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 2003, c1997.

When his family comes to live in Israel after the end of World War II, a young boy begins planting and caring for trees, a practice that spreads across the whole country.


PIC WHI Whitaker, Zai. Kali and the rat snake. 1st Americaned. La Jolla, CA : Kane/Miller, 2006, c2000.

When the children at Kali's new school find out his father is a snake catcher, they think he is different and do not want to be his friend.


PIC YAM Yamate, Sandra S. Char siu bao boy. 1st ed. Chicago : Polychrome Pub., 2000.

After being ridiculed by the others at school, Charlie abandons his favorite Chinese food, char siu bao, and tries to eat more "normal" things, but then he finds a way to convert his friends to the tasty dish.


PIC YUM Yumei, Demian. Little yellow pear tomatoes. Bellevue, WA : Illumination Arts, c2005.

A young girl describes all of the things that go into her favorite tomatoes, from worms to stars, that make them so wonderful to eat.


da Costa, Deborah. Hanukkah moon. Minneapolis : Kar-Ben Pub., c2007.

Isobel learns new traditions from her Aunt Luisa, who has just arrived from Mexico, when she visits her for Hanukkah.


Mollel, Tololwa M. (Tololwa Marti). Ananse's feast : an Ashanti tale. New York : Clarion Books, c1997.

Unwilling to share his feast, Ananse the spider tricks Akye the turtle so that he can eat all the food himself, but Akye finds a way to get even.


Waldman, Debby. A sack full of feathers. Victoria, BC ; : Orca Book Publishers, 2006.

A retelling of a Jewish folktale about Yankel, a boy who does not realize the harm done by the stories he spreads until the rabbi teaches him an important lesson.

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