Picture Books By Topic: multicultural

Abuela

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By: Arthur Dorros
Illustrated by: Elisa Kleven
Description: A little girl and her grandmother fly together over New York City. (Also in a Spanish edition)
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Abuelita and I Make Flan

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By: Adriana Hernandez Bergstrom
Illustrated by: Adriana Hernandez Bergstrom
Description: BUELITA AND I MAKE FLAN is about a girl who accidentally drops a family heirloom while baking with her abuela and must find a way to make things right. (Description author's website)
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Amazing Grace

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By: Mary Hoffman
Illustrated by: Caroline Binch
Description: Families, grandparents, school, books & stories, dramatization, gender roles, multicultural. Publ. 1991. Grace’s grandmother helps Grace, a girl who loves stories, realize that with effort anything can be achieved.
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A Morning with Grandpa

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By: Sylvia Lui
Illustrated by: Christina Forshay
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Description: Mei Mei’s grandpa is practicing tai chi in the garden, and Mei Mei is eager to join in. As Gong Gong tries to teach her the slow, graceful movements, Mei Mei enthusiastically does them with her own flair. Then Mei Mei takes a turn, trying to teach Gong Gong the yoga she learned in school. Will Gong Gong be able to master the stretchy, bendy poses? Celebrates the joy of learning new things together. (from publisher)
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A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for His Nation

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By: Lindsey McDivitt
Illustrated by: Charly Palmer
Description: Palmer’s powerful paintings complement this inspiring story of sacrifice and loss, devotion and learning, and patience and hard work. McDivitt and Palmer deftly chronicle the ongoing global fight against racism; Mandela’s journey makes for a powerful reminder of the ability to change. (Description from School Library Journal. Starred review)
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Aunt Flossie’s Hats (& Crab Cakes later)

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By: Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Illustrated by: James Ransome
Description: Families, family stories, hats. When they visit their favorite relative, Sara and Susan enjoy her collection of hats and stories and share crab cakes.
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Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

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By: Bethany Hegedus, Arun Gandhi
Illustrated by: Evan Turk
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Description: t Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset, with work that is done for the good of all. The villagers vow to live simply and non-violently. Arun Gandhi tries very hard to follow these vows, but he struggles with one of the most important rules: not to waste. (from website Grandfather Gandhi.)
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Big Moon Tortilla

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By: Joy Cowley
Illustrated by: Dyanne Strongbow
Description: Grandparents, multicultural (Native Am.), bad days After Marta has had a bad day, her grandmother shares some comforting words of advice. Out of print
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Big Papa and the Time Machine

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By: Daniel Bernstrom
Illustrated by: Shane W. Evans
Description: A journey into African American history: When a little boy is afraid to go to school, his grandfather, Big Papa, takes him away in his time machine—a 1952 Ford—to the times he was scared of something life handed him. That’s called being brave Big Papa says. (Description from Bookshop.org)
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Crouching Tiger

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By: Ying Chang Compestine
Illustrated by: Yan Nascimbene
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Description: Grandpa visits from China and imparts his skills in tai chi to his young grandson and also pride in his Chinese-­American heritage.
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