Great Multicultural Picture Books

Picture books about different peoples and cultures.

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Beauty, Her Basket
Artist/Author/Cast:
Belton, Sandra; Cabrera, Cozbi A. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Belton
Description:

A young girl learns about the secret and history of Nana's special sea grass basket.

Big Boy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mollel, Tololwa M.; Lewis, Earl (Illustrator); Lewis, E. B. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Mollel
Description:

Oli wishes he were big enough to walk with his older brother and not have to take naps anymore.

Big Red Lollipop
Artist/Author/Cast:
Khan, Rukhsana; Blackall, Sophie (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Khan
Description:

When Rubina is invited to a birthday party, her mother makes her bring younger sister Sana along.

The Caged Birds of Phnom Penh
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lipp, Frederick J.; Himler, Ronald (Illustrator); Lipp, Frederick
Call Number:
JP Lipp
Description:

In this beautifully illustrated story set in Cambodia, Ary longs to be free of poverty.

Circle Unbroken
Artist/Author/Cast:
Raven, Margot Theis; Lewis, E. B. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Raven
Description:

A grandmother tells the story of the Gullah people and their tradition of basketmaking in this beautiful picture book.

A Gift
Artist/Author/Cast:
Chen, Yong
Call Number:
JP Chen
Description:

Amy receives a Chinese New Year gift sent all the way from China.

Gift Horse: A Lakota Story
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nelson, S. D. (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
J970.3 N4318g
Description:

Flying Cloud must prove he can become a Lakota warrior after his father gives him a special horse.

Hope
Artist/Author/Cast:
Monk, Isabell; Porter, Janice Lee (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Monk
Description:

A little biracial girl is hurt by tactless words until her aunt tells her to be proud of her heritage.

The Hungriest Boy in the World
Artist/Author/Cast:
Namioka, Lensey; Sogabe, Aki (Illustrator, Artist)
Call Number:
JP Namioka
Description:

In this Japanese tale, Jiro will eat anything, until the day he swallows the Hunger Monster.

In the Time of the Drums
Artist/Author/Cast:
Siegelson, Kim L.; Pinkney, Brian (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Siegelson
Description:

A wonderfully illustrated ghost story about a group of Africans brought over to the South to be slaves.

Jin Woo
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bunting, Eve; Soentpiet, Chris K. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Bunting
Description:

When a new baby comes from Korea, David isn't sure he wants his family to change.

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
Artist/Author/Cast:
Morales, Yuyi
Call Number:
J398.20972 M8288j 2003
Description:

Senor Calavera arrives to take Grandma Beetle to the next life, but Grandma isn't ready to go.

Kami and The Yaks
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stryer, Andrea Stenn; Dodson, Bert (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Stryer
Description:

A deaf Sherpa boy in the Himalayas must rescue his family's yaks during a dangerous storm.

Kamishibai Man
Artist/Author/Cast:
Say, Allen
Call Number:
JP Say
Description:

An old Kamishibai man--a Japanese street performer who tells stories and sells candies--makes his rounds once more.

Matzo Ball Moon
Artist/Author/Cast:
Newman, Lesleá; Greenstein, Elaine (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Newman
Description:

Eleanor and her grandmother make matzo balls for Passover.

Mice and Beans
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ryan, Pam Muñoz; Cepeda, Joe (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Ryan
Description:

Rosa Maria is cooking up a big meal for her grandchild's birthday party, but things keep disappearing from her kitchen.

More Than Anything Else
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bradby, Marie; Soentpiet, Chris K. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Bradby
Description:

A story about the childhood of Booker T. Washington that celebrates the power of reading.

My Chinatown: One Year in Poems
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mak, Kam (Author, Illustrator); Mak
Call Number:
JP Mak
Description:

This tribute to family, community, and childhood features the familiar streets of Chinatown.

My Great-Grandmother's Gourd
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kessler, Cristina; Krudop, Walter Lyon (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Kessler
Description:

A story about change and tradition set in a Sudanese village.

On Mardi Gras Day!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Shaik, Fatima; Cooper, Floyd (Illustrator); Kane, Cindy (Editor)
Call Number:
JP Shaik
Description:

Children in an African-American neighborhood in New Orleans experience the joys of Mardi Gras.

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