Great Multicultural Fiction for Children

Fiction set in the United States and around the world with characters of different ethnicities.

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All-of-a-Kind Family
Artist/Author/Cast:
Taylor, Sydney; John, Helen (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Taylor
Description:

Five little Jewish girls, all dressed alike, live in New York at the turn of the century.

The Birchbark House
Artist/Author/Cast:
Erdrich, Louise (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Erdrich
Description:

The story of a little Ojibwa girl who lives with her family on an island on Lake Superior in 1847.

Bird Boy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hill, Elizabeth Starr; Liu, Lesley (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Hill
Description:

Chang, who can imitate bird songs perfectly but can't speak, lives with his family on a houseboat in China.

Blue Jasmine
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sheth, Kashmira
Call Number:
JF Sheth
Description:

When her family emigrates to the United States from India, Seema finds there are many adjustments she must make.

The Breadwinner
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ellis, Deborah; Ellis, D.
Call Number:
JF Ellis
Description:

A courageous young Afghan girl pretends to be a boy in order to support her family.

Dancing at the Odinochka
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hill, Kirkpatrick
Call Number:
JF Hill
Description:

Erinia's life at a trading post in Russian America changes when the region joins the United States and becomes Alaska.

Dragonwings
Artist/Author/Cast:
Yep, Laurence
Call Number:
JF Yep
Description:

A Chinese-American boy and his father living in San Francisco want to build a flying machine like the Wright brothers.

Francie
Artist/Author/Cast:
English, Karen
Call Number:
JF English
Description:

Although her mother works as a servant to support them in their racist Southern town, high-spirited Francie believes in possibilities.

Green Mango Magic
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hossack, Sylvie A.
Call Number:
JF Hossack
Description:

Malie must live with her grandmother after her mother is killed by a tidal wave.

The Heart of a Chief
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bruchac, Joseph
Call Number:
JF Bruchac
Description:

Chris lives on the Penacook Indian Reservation, and worries that this will set him apart from the other kids.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lord, Bette Bao; Simont, Marc (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Lord
Description:

Ten-year-old Shirley Temple Wong has come to Brooklyn from China and finds America very strange, until she discovers baseball.

A Jar of Dreams
Artist/Author/Cast:
Uchida, Yoshiko
Call Number:
JF Uchida
Description:

Eleven-year-old Rinko grows up in a closely-knit Japanese-American family in California during the Depression, a time of great prejudice.

Marisol and Magdalena: The Sound of our Sisterhood
Artist/Author/Cast:
Chambers, Veronica
Call Number:
JF Chambers
Description:

Separated from her best friend in Brooklyn, thirteen-year-old Marisol spends a year with her grandmother in Panama.

My Name Is Maria Isabel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ada, Alma Flor; Cerro, Ana M. (Translator); Thompson, K. Dyble (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Ada
Description:

Maria doesn't want to be called Mary in this poignant story about heritage and fitting into a new environment.

Naya Nuki: The Girl Who Ran
Artist/Author/Cast:
Thomasma, Kenneth; Hundley, Eunice (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Thomasma
Description:

A little Shoshoni girl, captured by an enemy tribe, escapes and makes the thousand-mile journey back to her family.

Night of the Chupacabras
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lee, Marie G.
Call Number:
JF Lee
Description:

When Mi-Sun and her brother spend the summer in Mexico with a friend, they find a mystery to solve.

Number the Stars
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lowry, Lois
Call Number:
JF Lowry
Description:

During the German occupation of Denmark, Annemarie learns to be brave and courageous while helping to shelter her Jewish friends.

Our Only May Amelia
Artist/Author/Cast:
Holm, Jennifer L.
Call Number:
JF Holm
Description:

May Amelia wishes she weren't the only girl in her big Finnish-American family of seven brothers.

Rickshaw Girl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Perkins, Mitali; Hogan, Jamie (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Perkins
Description:

A young girl in Bangladesh knows she must challenge tradition in order to help her impoverished family.

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
Artist/Author/Cast:
Staples, Suzanne Fisher
Call Number:
YP F Staples
Description:

Shabanu, daughter of a nomadic herdsman in present-day Pakistan, faces an arranged marriage.

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