The Name Jar

28 January 2020 | By Yangsook Choi | Filed in: multicultural literature.

The new kid in school needs a new name Or does she Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells

Grandfather's Journey

28 January 2020 | By Allen Say | Filed in: multicultural literature.

This tale of one man s love for two countries and his constant desire to be in both places, as he goes between Japan and the United States over the course of his life.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

28 January 2020 | By Sherman Alexie | Filed in: multicultural literature.

Bestselling author 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 high school where the only other Indian is

American Born Chinese

28 January 2020 | By Gene Luen Yang | Filed in: multicultural literature.

All Jin Wang wants is to fit in When his family moves to a new neighborhood, he suddenly finds that he s the only Chinese American student at his school Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly, and he has hardly any friends Then, to make matters worse, he falls in love with an all American

Brown Girl Dreaming

28 January 2020 | By Jacqueline Woodson | Filed in: multicultural literature.

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and

Too Many Tamales

28 January 2020 | By Gary Soto | Filed in: multicultural literature.

Christmas Eve started out so perfectly for Maria Snow had fallen and the streets glittered Maria s favorite cousins were coming over and she got to help make the tamales for Christmas dinner It was almost too good to be true when her mother left the kitchen for a moment and Maria got to try on

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

28 January 2020 | By Ed Young | Filed in: multicultural literature.

Not for the faint hearted, Lon Po Po Grandmother Wolf , is a tale of a menacing danger and courage Young s command of page composition and his sensitive use of color give the book a visual force that matches the strength of the story and stands as one of the illustrator s best efforts.

The Other Side

28 January 2020 | By Jacqueline Woodson | Filed in: multicultural literature.

Clover s mom says it isn t safe to cross the fence that segregates their African American side of town from the white side where Anna lives But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown ups rules by sitting on top of the fence together With the addition of a brand new

Last Stop on Market Street

28 January 2020 | By Matt de la Pena | Filed in: multicultural literature.

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town But today, CJ wonders why they don t own a car like his friend Colby Why doesn t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town Each question is met with an encouraging

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

28 January 2020 | By Linda Sue Park | Filed in: multicultural literature.

A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985 The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours walk from her home she makes two trips to the pond every day The boy, Salva, becomes one of the lost

Inside Out & Back Again

28 January 2020 | By Thanhha Lai | Filed in: multicultural literature.

For all the ten years of her life, H has only known Saigon the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by But now the Vietnam War has reached her home H and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope In

The Patchwork Quilt

28 January 2020 | By Valerie Flournoy | Filed in: multicultural literature.

Using scraps cut from the family s old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother and mother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family s life.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

28 January 2020 | By Grace Lin | Filed in: multicultural literature.

In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon Minli s mother, tired of their poor life, chides him for filling her head with