Tag Archives: Multicultural Stories

It’s Sharing Day! (Dora the Explorer)

Author: Kirsten Larsen Publisher: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon Product Description It’s Sharing Day! Join Dora and Boots on their way to Abuela’s house for a special Sharing Day lunch. First they have to pick up ingredients for their special dessert. Along the way, they learn how important and rewarding it is to share.

When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat

Author: Muriel Harris Weinstein Publisher: Chronicle Books Product Description In a CRACKITY-SNAPPITY-POPPITY-POP bubblegum dream, a young girl learns to scat from the master himself, Louis Armstrong! Written in prose and scat with wild and wonderful illustrations by R. Gregory Christie, this joyful tribute is downright contagious. CHEW-ITEE CHEW-ITEE CHEW-ITEE CHOP, CRACKITY SNAPPITY POPPITY POP!

Coco-Chan’s Kimono

Author: Kumiko Sudo Publisher: Breckling Press Product Description Inspired by the author’s childhood memories of the Japanese countryside, this entrancing picture book, illustrated with beautiful watercolor drawings, tells the story of Coco-Chan, who must wait patiently for her mother to finish sewing her new kimono. As Mama stitches away, Coco-Chan’s attention skips to a dragonfly […]

Where Is Boots?: A Lift-the-Flap Story (Dora the Explorer)

Author: Kiki Thorpe Publisher: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon Product Description Dora is playing hide-and-go-seek with Boots. And Dora thinks she can find Boots by looking for things that are red, just like his red boots. Readers can help Dora by lifting the flaps to find her friend — and other things that are red!

Dora’s Camping Trip (Dora the Explorer)

Author: Wendy Wax Publisher: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon Product Description Come along on a camping adventure with Dora, Boots, and the rest of Dora’s family!

Diego and Papi to the Rescue (Go, Diego, Go!)

Author: Wendy Wax Publisher: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon Product Description Two baby pygmy marmosets have gotten separated from their papi, and now they are lost! It’s a good thing Diego and his papi are nearby to help bring them home. Go, Diego and Papi, go! Includes fascinating facts about pygmy marmosets.

Walk Two Moons (Newbery Medal Book)

Author: Sharon Creech Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description Gramps says that I am a country girl at heart, and that is true. Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the “Indian-ness in her blood,” travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of […]

Cloaked

Author: Alex Flinn Publisher: Harper Collins, Inc. Product Description I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn’t your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all. It all started with a curse. […]

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford Publisher: Puffin Product Description There were signs all throughout town telling eight-year-old Connie where she could and could not go. But when Connie sees four young men take a stand for equal rights at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, she realizes that things may soon change. This event […]

Crescendo

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Product Description The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush!  Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt […]

Where the Red Fern Grows

Author: Wilson Rawls Publisher: Laurel Leaf Product Description A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn. Little Ann had the brains, and Billy had the will to make them into the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, […]

Diego’s Wolf Pup Rescue (Go, Diego, Go!)

Author: Publisher: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon Product Description Introducing Diego! He loves nature, especially animals! When a wolf pup gets into danger, Diego swings into action! With help from his friends and his cousin Dora, Diego finds the lost pup. But can Diego rescue him? Go, Diego, go! This book contains a page of fascinating facts about […]

Dora’s Big Book of Stories (Dora the Explorer)

Author: Various Publisher: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon Product Description Now Dora fans can enjoy reading their favorite bestsellers all in one book! This collection includes seven stories: Dora’s Book of Manners Dora Goes to School Dora’s Fairy-Tale Adventure Dora’s Chilly Day Show Me Your Smile! Dora’s Pirate Adventure Big Sister Dora!

Beastly

Author: Alex Flinn Publisher: Harper Collins, Inc. Product Description I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The […]

Gone

Author: Michael Grant Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE. Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And […]

Pretty Little Liars

Author: Sara Shepard Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description Gossip thrives amid the Mercedes-Benzes, mega mansions, and perfectly manicured hedges in the exclusive town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania. Behind their big Gucci sunglasses, beneath their perfectly pressed Polos, everyone has something to hide, especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. Spencer covets her sister’s gorgeous […]

Dora’s Storytime Collection (Dora the Explorer)

Author: Various Publisher: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon Product Description Dora and her best friend, Boots, go on more adventures than you can count. Now Dora fans can enjoy many of their favorite Dora stories all in one book! This best-selling collection includes: Dora’s Backpack Little Star Happy Birthday, Mami! Meet Diego! Dora Saves the Prince Dora’s Treasure […]

Pretty Little Liars #6: Killer

Author: Sara Shepard Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie—and so do Rosewood’s four prettiest girls. Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been lying ever since they became friends with beautiful Alison DiLaurentis. Ali made […]

Arousing Love

Author: M. H. Strom Publisher: Marstro Press Product Description Zach knows Joanna is too young for him, but he has never felt like this about anybody before. She’s so sweet and passionate and flirty and free, and the most beautiful girl Zach has ever known. Joanna is swept away by her feelings for Zach as […]

Dora’s Three Little Fairy Tales (Dora the Explorer)

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: A&J Studios Publisher: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon Product Description Dora invites young readers into the magical world of fairy tales. Three classic tales are included in this charming collection: Goldilocks and the Three Bears The Lucky Table The Three Little Pigs

Un día en la playa (A Day at the Beach) (Dora the Explorer) (Spanish Edition)

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Lauryn Silverhardt Publisher: Libros Para Ninos Product Description Ven a jugar en la playa con Dora y Boots!

From Head to Toe (Spanish edition): De la cabeza a los pies

Rating: (4 reviews) Author: Eric Carle Publisher: Rayo Product Description ¿Estás listo? ¡Vamos! Muévete de la cabeza a los pies.

The Bells of Christmas

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Virginia Hamilton Publisher: Sandpiper Product Description Twelve-year-old Jason Bell waits impatiently for Christmas 1890. Set against the carefully researched background life of a middle-class black family in Ohio a century ago, “Hamilton’s story moves along at an elegant pace, giving readers time to savor the holiday preparations.”–School Library Journal

Monster

Rating: (709 reviews) Author: Walter Dean Myers Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I’ll call it what the lady […]

Bud, Not Buddy

Rating: (481 reviews) Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Product Description Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father–the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. Amazon.com […]

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Rating: (184 reviews) Author: Sherman Alexie Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Product Description Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town […]

Addy’s Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls Collection)

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Connie Porter Publisher: American Girl Publishing Inc Product Description Knowing that Christmas will be hard without the rest of her family, Addy sets out to earn money to give her mother a special Christmas gift, but after discovering the plight of newly freed slaves, she decides to give her money to […]

Mama Had to Work on Christmas

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Carolyn Marsden Publisher: Viking Juvenile Product Description Gloria always spends Christmas with Papi, Mama, and Nana. But this Christmas, Papi is away picking oranges and Mama has to work at the hotel where she is a maid. Gloria is miserable when Mama makes her go with her-until they get to the […]

The Bells of Christmas

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Virginia Hamilton Publisher: Sandpiper Product Description Twelve-year-old Jason Bell waits impatiently for Christmas 1890. Set against the carefully researched background life of a middle-class black family in Ohio a century ago, “Hamilton’s story moves along at an elegant pace, giving readers time to savor the holiday preparations.”–School Library Journal

Josefina’s Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls Collection)

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Valerie Tripp Publisher: American Girl Publishing Inc Product Description Christmas won’t be the same without Mama, and Josefina fears one special tradition will be forgotten. But la Noche buena–Christmas Eve–brings surprises for all. Full color.

A Pinata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Pat Mora Publisher: Clarion Books Product Description An award-winning author and a rising star artist have put a festive Latino twist on “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” populating it with piñatas in place of partridges, plus burritos bailando (dancing donkeys), lunitas cantando (singing moons), and much more, all displayed in the […]

Elijah’s Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Michael J. Rosen Publisher: Voyager Books Product Description Michael and Elijah are friends, but when Elijah gives Michael one of his special carved angels, Michael doesn’t know what to do. How can be possibly take home a Christmas angel–a forbidden graven image–especially on Chanukah? Full color. Amazon.com Review A child’s vision […]

Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner)

Rating: (5 reviews) Author: Pat McKissack Publisher: Frontline Books Product Description A lavishly illustrated historical book describes Christmas on a pre-Civil War plantation from the viewpoints of the big house family and the slave quarters.

The Princess and the Frog Little Golden Book

Rating: (3 reviews) Author: RH Disney Publisher: Golden/Disney Product Description Walt Disney Pictures presents The Princess and the Frog. . . . Meet Tiana—Disney’s newest princess. Her big dreams are put on hold when she is transformed into a frog! Discover how she finds love and learns all about what is truly important in the […]

Big Sister Dora! (Dora the Explorer)

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Publisher: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon Product Description Someone new is going to join Dora’s family! It’s someone who sleeps in a cradle, drinks from a bottle, wears diapers, and likes to be rocked to sleep. Can you guess who it might be?

Wabi Sabi

Rating: (10 reviews) Author: Mark Reibstein Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Product Description Wabi Sabi, a little cat in Kyoto, Japan, had never thought much about her name until friends visiting from another land asked her owner what it meant. At last, the master says, “That’s hard to explain.” And that is all she says. […]

Chains

Rating: (9 reviews) Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Product Description If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl? As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight…for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel […]

Shake Dem Halloween Bones

Rating: (15 reviews) Author: W. Nikola-Lisa Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Product Description Bearsie Bear is just falling asleep when a very cold Moosie Moose knocks on the door and asks to sleep over in Bearsie Bear’s warm bed. Next knocks Cowsie Cow, then Piggie Pig, then Foxie Fox, then Goosie Goose . . . and the […]

Birchbark House, The

Rating: (51 reviews) Author: Louise Erdrich Publisher: Hyperion Book CH Amazon.com Nineteenth-century American pioneer life was introduced to thousands of young readers by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books. With The Birchbark House, award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s first novel for young readers, this same slice of history is seen through the eyes of the […]

Heat

Rating: (65 reviews) Author: Mike Lupica Publisher: Puffin Product Description Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-yearold brother Carlos. If […]

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Rating: (17 reviews) Author: Joseph Bruchac Publisher: Puffin Book Description The United States is at war, and sixteen-year-old Ned Begay wants to join the cause—especially when he hears that Navajos are being specifically recruited by the Marine Corps. So he claims he’s old enough to enlist, breezes his way through boot camp, and suddenly finds […]

The Story of Little Black Sambo

Rating: (50 reviews) Author: Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description The jolly and exciting tale of the little boy who lost his red coat and his blue trousers and his purple shoes but who was saved from the tigers to eat 169 pancakes for his supper, has been universally loved by generations of children. First written in […]

La oruga muy hambrienta: Board Book

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Publisher: Philomel Book Description The Very Hungry Caterpillar is inarguably one of the most popular children’s books of all time. Now, here is the Spanish board book version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, filling an important niche for the youngest of Spanish-speaking children.

Esperanza Rising

Rating: (300 reviews) Author: Pam Munoz Ryan Publisher: Blue Sky Press Book Description Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico–she’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, & servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in […]

Jim & Me (Baseball Card Adventures)

Author: Dan Gutman Publisher: HarperCollins Book Description He was the world’s greatest athlete, and a hero—until his medals were taken away. Stosh is shocked when his enemy, Bobby Fuller, begs him for a favor. He wants Stosh to take him back in time to meet Native American Jim Thorpe—an Olympic champion who lost his medals […]

Henry’s Freedom Box (Caldecott Honor Book)

Rating: (11 reviews) Author: Ellen Levine Publisher: Scholastic Press Book Description Henry Brown doesn’t know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves’ birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. When […]

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Rating: (3 reviews) Author: Publisher: Jump At The Sun

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

Rating: (606 reviews) Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Publisher: Laurel Leaf Amazon.com The year is 1963, and self-important Byron Watson is the bane of his younger brother Kenny’s existence. Constantly in trouble for one thing or another, from straightening his hair into a “conk” to lighting fires to freezing his lips to the mirror of the […]

Elijah Of Buxton (Newbery Honor Book)

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Publisher: Scholastic Press Book Description Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He’s best known in his hometown as the boy who made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass. But things change […]

American Born Chinese

Rating: (41 reviews) Author: Gene Luen Yang Publisher: First Second Amazon.com Indie graphic novelist Gene Yang’s intelligent and emotionally challenging American Born Chinese is made up of three individual plotlines: the determined efforts of the Chinese folk hero Monkey King to shed his humble roots and be revered as a god; the struggles faced by […]