Great Multicultural Fiction for Children

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

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.

Shadow of a Bull
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wojciechowska, Maia; Smith, Alvin (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Wojciechowska
Description:

Manolo is terrified of bulls, but his father was the greatest bullfighter in Spain. Everyone expects the same of Manolo!

Silk Umbrellas
Artist/Author/Cast:
Marsden, Carolyn; Swiatkowska, Gabi (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Marsden
Description:

Noi, who lives in a little Thai village, wants to be an artist more than anything, but money is tight.

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