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The following books reflect the great diversity of children and their families in the United States and around the world. Duluth Public Library call numbers are included; an explanation of the call numbers appears at the end.
Ajmera, Maya. Children from Australia
to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World. Charlesbridge,
Text and photographs depict how children live in nations across the alphabet, from Australia to Zimbawe. (j910 Ajmera)
Ajmera, Maya. To Be a Kid. Charlesbridge,
Text and photographs from countries around the world illustrate some of the activities children everywhere have in common. (j910 Ajmera)
Andrews, Jan. Very Last First Time.
When the tide recedes, a young Eskimo girl living in northern Canada journeys alone for the first time under the ice, walking on the seabed floor to gather mussels. (j Andrews [Reading Rainbow])
Baer, Edith. This Is the Way We Go to
School: A Book About Children Around the World. Scholastic,
Describes, in text and illustrations, the many different modes of transportation children all over the world use to get to school. (j Baer)
Carling, Amelia Lau. Mama and Papa Have
a Store. Dial, 1998.
A little girl describes what a day is like in her parents' Chinese store in Guatemala City. (j Carling)
Cooper, Melrose. I Got Community.
H. Holt, 1995.
A young girl describes, in rhyming verse, how members of her community make her feel loved. (j Cooper [Reading Rainbow])
Dorros, Arthur. Abuela. Dutton, 1991.
While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City. (j Dorros [(Reading Rainbow])
Fox, Mem. Whoever You Are. Harcourt
Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love. (j Fox)
Linda. Our Big Home: An Earth Poem. Millbrook, 2000.
Describes the water, air, soil, sky, sun, and more shared by all living creatures on Earth. (j Glaser)
Gray, Nigel. A Country Far Away.
Parallel pictures reveal the essential similarities between the lives of two boys, one in a western country, one in a rural African village. (j Gray)
Hamanaka, Sheila. All the Colors of the
Earth. Morrow, 1994.
Reveals in verse that despite outward differences children everywhere are essentially the same and all are lovable. (j Hamanaka)
Heide, Florence Parry. The Day of Ahmed's
Secret. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1990.
A young Egyptian boy describes the city of Cairo as he goes about his daily work and waits for the evening to share a special surprise with his family. (j Heide)
Hollyer, Beatrice. Wake up, World!: A
Day in the Life of Children Around the World. H. Holt/ Oxfam,
Explores the lives of eight children from different countries around the world. (j910 Hollyer)
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. Celebrating Ramadan.
Holiday House, 2001.
A look at the 1400-year-old tradition that is one of the pillars of the Islamic faith. (j297.36 Hoyt-Goldsmith)
Isadora, Rachel. Caribbean Dream.
A lyrical and evocative dreamscape of the Caribbean. (j Isadora)
Kindersley, Barnabas. Children Just Like
Me. Dorling Kindersley, 1995.
Photographs and text depict the homes, schools, family life, and culture of young people around the world. (j910 Kindersley)
Lomas Garza, Carmen. Family Pictures/Cuadros
de Familia. Children's Book Press, 1990.
The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in a Hispanic community in Texas. (j Lomas Garza [Foreign Language/Spanish])
McDonald, Megan. My House Has Stars.
Orchard Books, 1996.
Young people describe the different kinds of homes they live in around the world and how they see the stars. (j McDonald)
Mollel, Tololwa M. Big Boy. Clarion,
Little Oli wants to be big enough to go bird hunting with his brother Mbachu but has to take a nap instead.
Mora, Pat. A Birthday Basket for Tía.
With the help and interference of her cat Chica, Cecilia prepares a surprise gift for her great-aunt's ninetieth birthday. (j Mora)
Mora, Pat. Tomás and the Library
Lady. Knopf, 1997.
While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomás finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library. (j Mora)
Morris, Ann. Houses and Homes. Lothrop,
Lee & Shepard, 1992.
A simple discussion of different kinds of houses and what makes them homes. (j363.5 Morris)
Morris, Ann. Loving. Lothrop, Lee
& Shepard, 1990.
Provides examples of the different ways in which love can be expressed, with an emphasis on the relationship between parent and child. (j306.85 Morris)
Morris, Ann. On the Go. Lothrop,
Lee & Shepard, 1990.
Discusses the ways in which people all over the world move from place to place, including walking, riding on animals, and traveling on wheels and water. (j629.04 Morris)
Pak, Soyung. Dear Juno. Viking, 1999.
Although Juno, a Korean American boy, cannot read the letter he receives from his grandmother in Seoul, he understands what it means from the photograph and dried flower that are enclosed and decides to send a similar letter back to her. (j Pak)
Pinkney, Sandra L. Shades of Black: A
Celebration of Our Children. Scholastic, 2000.
Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of African American children. (j Pinkney)
Reiser, Lynn. Margaret and Margarita,
Margarita y Margaret. Greenwillow, 1993.
Margaret, who speaks only English, and Margarita, who speaks only Spanish, meet in the park and have fun playing together even though they have different languages. (j Reiser [Foreign Language/Spanish])
Rotner, Shelley. Lots of Dads. Dial
Books for Young Readers, 1997.
Photos of dads and their children show their special relationships. (j Rotner)
Schuett, Stacey. Somewhere in the World
Right Now. Knopf, 1995.
Describes what is happening in different places around the world at a particular time. (j Schuett [Reading Rainbow])
Elinor Batezat. The Day Gogo Went to Vote: South Africa, April
1994. Little, Brown, 1996.
Thembi and her beloved great-grandmother, who has not left the house for many years, go together to vote on the momentous day when black South Africans are allowed to vote for the first time. (j Sisulu)
Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Jingle Dancer.
Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek, Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow. Includes a note about the jingle dance tradition and its regalia. (j Smith)
Soto, Gary. Big Bushy Mustache. Knopf, 1998.
In order to look more like his father, Ricky borrows a mustache from a school costume, but when he loses it on the way home his father comes up with a replacement. (j Soto)
Steptoe, John. Creativity. Clarion,
Charles helps Hector, a student who has just moved from Puerto Rico, adjust to his new life. (j Steptoe)
Takabayashi, Mari. I Live in Tokyo.
Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
A year in the life of a seven-year-old Japanese girl living in Tokyo. (j915.213 Takabayashi)
Waboose, Jan Bourdeau. Morning on the
Lake. Kids Can Press, 1997.
In three linked stories, an Ojibway boy and his grandfather spend a day exploring nature. (j Waboose)
Wheeler, Bernelda. Where Did You Get
Your Moccasins? Pemmican, 1986.
A boy describes in detail how his grandmother, or Kookum, made his moccasins.
Williams, Vera B. "More More More"
Said the Baby: 3 Love Stories. Greenwillow, 1990.
Three babies are caught up in the air and given loving attention by a father, grandmother, and mother.
About Duluth Public Library call numbers: Generally, "j" followed by author's last name indicates that the book is in the picture book bins. Foreign Language books are in a separate collection. Books with "j" followed by a number and author's last name are in the nonfiction collection. Please ask staff if you need help finding these books.