Diverse Realistic Fiction For Younger Readers
Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.
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A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.
CHILDREN FICTION Medina, J.
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
PICTURE BOOK de la Peña, M.
Greg Mortenson stumbled, lost, into a remote Himalayan village after a failed climb. The villagers saved his life, and he vowed to return and build them a school. The remarkable story of his promise kept is now perfect for reading aloud.
PICTURE BOOK MO
Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California
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When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality.
PICTURE BOOK Bunting, E.
Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home.
CHILDREN FICTION Grimes, N. (MOVING UP)
Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition.
CHILDREN FICTION Han, J. (MOVING UP)
"Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends.
CHILDREN FICTION Look, L. (MOVING UP)
Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned Lulu from bringing animals to school ever again.
CHILDREN FICTION McKay, H. (MOVING UP)
In Northern California, Maritza Gabriela Morales Mercado struggles to deal with the third grade bully, to control her temper, and to remember to speak Spanish at home and English at school.
CHILDREN FICTION Montes, M. (MOVING UP)
Indian Shoes - Smith, Cynthia Leitich
Together with Grampa, Ray Halfmoon, a Seminole-Cherokee boy, finds creative and amusing solutions to life's challenges.
CHILDREN FICTION Smith, C. (MOVING UP)
father has promised a
family trip to Disneyland if EllRay
can stay out of trouble for a
week, but not
defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a
CHILDREN FICTION Warner, S. (MOVING UP)
Follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.
CHILDREN FICTION Cheng, A.
Inconsolable at being separated from her older brother, eight-year-old Paris is apprehensive about her new foster family but just as she learns to trust them, she faces a life-changing decision.
CHILDREN FICTION Grimes, N.
Frustrated at her seeming lack of
talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the
lessons of the
Chinese Year of the Dog
, those of
making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.
CHILDREN FICTION Lin, G.
Pedro, an avid basketball player, decides to run for class president, challenging a teammate who is also one of the most popular boys in school.
CHILDREN FICTION Lupica, M.
Sunny Holiday - Paratore, Coleen Murtagh
Spunky third-grader Sunny Holiday tries to make the best out of every situation, and even though her father is in prison, she and her mother count their blessings and manage to find joy in every day.
CHILDREN FICTION Paratore, C.
Between sports, school, and working for his father, eleven-year-old Amar'e's life is full and he is not yet ready to concentrate on basketball--but when a group of older boys start hogging the local basketball court he knows that he has to do something to help his friends
CHILDREN FICTION Stoudemire, A.
Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name ... one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name.
PICTURE BOOK Alexie, S.
A girl and her father travel through Mexico toward the US border.
PICTURE BOOK Buitrago, J.
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Mateo's big brother Julian
works in the United States. When the family doesn't hear from Julian
for a few weeks, Mateo sneaks out and journeys north to find
him, crossing the border with the help of a new friend, Angel