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Diversity Books for Older Children

Bader, P. (2004). African-American writers
New York: Facts on File, c2004.
Call# J 810.9 B

Barber, T. (2004). By my brother's side. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
Introduces twin brothers Tiki and Ronde Barber, who worked hard to overcome obstacles and become National Football League stars, one as runningback for the New York Giants, the other as cornerback for the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Call# J 796.332 B

Bolden, T. (2004). Wake up our souls: A celebration of Black American artists. New York, NY: H.N. Abrams
Presents a history of African American visual arts and artists from the days of slavery to the present.
Call# J 704.03 B

Cruz, B. (2004). Alvin Ailey: Celebrating African-American culture in dance. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers.
Profiles the life of one of the most popular and acclaimed dancers and choreographers in the world.
Call# J B Ailey

Curry, B. K. & James M. B. (1996). Sweet words so brave: The story of African American literature. Madison, WI: Zino Press Children's Books.
A survey of the history of African American literature, from slave narratives to the present, told in the voice of a grandfather speaking to his granddaughter.
Call# J 810.9 C

D'Amico, J. (2005). The coming to America cookbook: Delicious recipes and fascinating stories from America's many cultures. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Call# J 641.5 D

Delacre, L. (1996). Golden Tales: Myths, legends, and folktales from Latin America. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Call# J 398.2 D

Gleimius, N., Sibanyoni, E., & Mthimunye, E. (2003). The Zulu of Africa. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications.
Describes the history, culture, modern and traditional economies, religion, family life, and language of South Africa's Zulu people, as well as the region in which they live.
Call# J 968 G

Grimes, N., & Lewis, E. B. (2005). Danitra Brown, class clown. New York, NY: HarperCollins/Amistad.
With the help of best friend Danitra, Zuri faces her fears about starting a new school year in this story told in a series of rhyming poems.
Call# J 811. G

Hausman, G. (1993). Coyote walks on two legs: A book of Navajo myths and legends. New York, NY: Philomel Books.
A collection of Navajo legends featuring the trickster, Coyote.
Call# J 398.2 H

Jaffe, N. (1997). The mysterious visitor: Stories of the Prophet Elijah. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Call# J 222 J

Katz, W. L. (1997). Black legacy: A history of New York's African Americans. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Describes famous Black leaders and cultural movements in New York City from its days as a Dutch colony to the 1990s.
Call# J 974.7 K

Krull, K., & Morales, Y. (2003). Harvesting hope: The story of Cesar Chavez. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.
A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he lead a peaceful protest against California migrant workers' miserable working conditions.
Call# JB Chavez

McGill, A., & Tate, D. (2004). Sure as sunrise: Stories of Bruh Rabbit & his walkin' talkin' friends. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
Call# J 398.2 M

McKissack, P., McKissack, F. Jr., & Fiedler, J. D. (2004). Hard labor: The first African Americans, 1916. New York, NY: Aladdin.
Call# J 305 M

Myers, W. D. (2004). Here in Harlem: Poems in many voices. New York, NY: Holiday House
Acclaimed writer Walter Dean Myers celebrates the people of Harlem with these powerful and soulful first-person poems in the voices of the residents who make up the legendary neighborhod: basketball players, teachers, mail carriers, jazz artists, maids, veterans, nannies, students, and more. Exhilarating and electric, these poems capture the energy and resilience of a neighborhood and a people.
Call# J 811 M

Press, P. (1996). A multicultural portrait of immigration. Tarrytown, NY: Benchmark Books.
Presents the history of immigration to the United States beginning with the Indians.
Call# J 304.8 P

Rappaport, D., & Evans, S. (2004). Free at last!: Stories and songs of emancipation. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Describes the experiences of African Americans in the South, from Emancipation in 1863 to the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared school segregation illegal.
Call# J 973 R

Ryan, P. M. (2000). Esperanza rising. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Call# F R

Schnur, S. (1997). The Koufax dilemma. New York, NY: Morrow Junior Books
Angry when he cannot pitch in the season's opening game because of Passover, Danny finally makes some important decisions about loyalty to his divorced parents, his team, his heritage, and himself.
Call# JFS

Shange, N.,& Nelson, K. (2004). Ellington was not a street. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
Call# J 811.54 S

Sirimarco, E. (2004). The civil rights movement. New York, NY: Benchmark Books.
Presents the history of the civil rights movement in the United States from Reconstruction to the late 1960's through excerpts from letters, newspaper articles, speeches, songs, and poems of the time
Call# J 323.1 S

Skelton, R. (2005). Harriet Tubman, a woman of courage. New York, NY: Harper Collins.
Call# JB Tubman

Washburne, C. K. (1994). A multicultural portrait of colonial life. New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish.
Colonial history from the point of view of minorities and women.
Call# F W

Williams, M. E. (2001). Race relations: Opposing viewpoints. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press
This book of readings has four sections on the following topics: What is the state of race relations today in America? Is racism a serious problem? How should policymakers respond to minority concerns? How can race relations be improved?
Call# J 305.8 R

Winter, J. (2004). Calavera abecedario: A day of the dead alphabet book. Orlando, FL: Harcourt,
Call# J 394 W

Woodson, J. (2004). Behind you. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons.
After fifteen-year-old Jeremiah is mistakenly shot by police, the people who love him struggle to cope with their loss as they recall his life and death, unaware that 'Miah is watching over them.
Call# F W

Zell, F. (1996). A multicultural portrait of the American Revolution. Tarrytown, NY: Benchmark Books.
The history of the American Revolution, focusing on the lives of African-Americans, Native Americans and women.
Call# J 973.3 Z