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Diverse Characters & Storytellers: Picture Books

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 4
tagged: diversity and inclusion, own voices, diverse books
A collection of picture books featuring diverse characters and storytellers. #WeNeedDiverseBooks #OwnVoices

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Magical Beings of Haida Gwaii

by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson; Sara Florence Davidson, illustrated by Alyssa Koski & Judy Hilgemann
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: native canadian, body, mind & spirit, girls & women

Based on ancient Haida narratives, this vibrantly illustrated children's book empowers young people and teaches them to live in harmony with nature.

Haida Gwaii is home to a rich and vibrant culture whose origins date back thousands of years. Today, the Haida People are known throughout Canada and the world for their artistic achievements, their com …

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Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings

by Francie Latour, illustrated by Ken Daley
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: caribbean & latin america, emigration & immigration, multigenerational, emotions & feelings

A Haitian American girl finds connection to generations of family lore in this story of identity, heart and home.

Every winter, a young girl flies to Haiti to visit her Auntie Luce, a painter.

The moment she steps off the plane, she feels a wall of heat, and familiar sights soon follow — the boys selling water ice by the pink cathedral, the tap tap …

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What We Like to Do (English)

by Monica Ittusardjuat & Kathy Knowles
edition: Paperback
tagged: beginner, daily activities, africa, polar regions

Utak is from Nunavut. Peace is from Ghana, West Africa. They may be from different parts of the world, but many of the things they like to do are the same!

This book features common activities children might like to do, along with beautiful photographs of Nunavut and Ghana.

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I Promise

text by Catherine Hernandez, illustrated by Syrus Marcus Ware
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: parents, lgbt, alternative family, bedtime & dreams

Catherine Hernandez's literary career exploded with the 2017 publication of her award-winning novel Scarborough. Her latest, I Promise, marks her delightful return to children's literature, having published her first children's book, M Is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book, in 2015.

Featuring tender-hearted illustrations by renowned artist Syrus Marcus …

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Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings

by Naseem Hrab, illustrated by Josh Holinaty
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: emotions & feelings, humorous stories, friendship

Ira and Malcolm are best friends: they always make each other laugh, always eat lunch together, and always play together. But one day, a disagreement about whether to play tag or hide-and-seek sees the suddenly über-popular Malcolm run off with a crowd of tag-loving kids—and Ira all alone.

Ira’s tummy hurts, his chin is wibbling, and his eyes …

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Grandmother’s Visit

by Betty Quan, illustrated by Carmen Mok
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: death & dying, emotions & feelings, multigenerational

Grace says goodbye to Grandmother in this touching book about love and loss.

Grandmother lives with Grace’s family. She teaches her how to measure water for rice. She tells her stories about growing up in China and together they savor the flavors of her childhood. Grandmother says goodbye when she drops Grace off at school every morning and hello …

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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

by Chieri Uegaki, illustrated by Qin Leng
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: music, multigenerational, asian american

In this beautifully written picture book, Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's only a beginner, and she's had only three lessons. Her brothers insist she isn't good enough. “It's a talent show, Hana,” they tell her. “You'll be a disaster!” Hana remembers how wonderfully her talen …

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Peach Girl

by Raymond Nakamura, illustrated by Rebecca Bender
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: country & ethnic, humorous stories, asia

In this reimagining of a Japanese folk tale, Momoko is born from a peach to make the world a better place. Despite rumours of a terrible ogre that lives nearby and eats children, Momoko bravely sets out with a pocketful of dumplings and the timid Monkey, Dog, and Pheasant to find out the truth for herself.

When the farmer and her husband find a gian …