Great Multicultural Fiction for Children

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

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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.

A Single Shard
Artist/Author/Cast:
Park, Linda Sue
Call Number:
JF Park
Description:

Tree-ear, an orphan in medieval Korea, longs to learn how to be a potter and throw delicate celadon ceramics.

The Storyteller's Beads
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kurtz, Jane; Bryant, Michael (Illustrator); Van Doren, Liz (Editor)
Call Number:
JF Kurtz
Description:

A powerful story set in modern-day Ethiopia about two girls who must overcome prejudice to survive.

Strudel Stories
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rocklin, Joanne
Call Number:
JF Rocklin
Description:

While this Jewish family bakes their favorite apple strudel, they tell wonderful stories about their ancestors.

Walking to the Bus-Rider Blues
Artist/Author/Cast:
Robinet, Harriette Gillem; Colón, Raúl (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Robinet
Description:

Alfa and his family struggle for rent money, food, and their dignity as they participate in the Montgomery bus boycott.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963
Artist/Author/Cast:
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Call Number:
JF Curtis
Description:

Kenny and his family visit Alabama during the summer of 1963 and find themselves changed forever by tragedy and violence.

Weedflower
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kadohata, Cynthia
Call Number:
YP F Kadohata
Description:

Twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm in California to an internment camp in Arizona.

Yolonda's Genius
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fenner, Carol
Call Number:
JF Fenner
Description:

Yolonda, big and strong for her age, determines to prove that her younger brother is a true musical genius.

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