Great Multicultural Fiction for Children

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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