Ages 9 to 12 (grades 4-7)

Le Crayon Magique de Malala

Au coeur du Pakistan, une toute jeune fille prénomée Malala rêve d’avoir un crayon magique qu’elle utiliserait pour… fermer la porte de sa chambre à clef et éviter que ses frères ne viennent l’embêter, arrêter le temps pour dormir une heure de plus tous les matins, effacer l’odeur des poubelles devant chez elle… Mais plus …

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Banned Book Club

When Kim Hyun Sook started college in 1983 she was ready for her world to open up. After acing her exams and sort-of convincing her traditional mother that it was a good idea for a woman to go to college, she looked forward to soaking up the ideas of Western Literature far from the drudgery …

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When her mother is jailed for being one of Gandhi’s freedom fighters, ten-year-old Anjali overcomes her own prejudices and continues her mother’s social reform work, befriending Untouchable children and working to integrate her school. Asian Descent, Exploring Asia, Asia, Social Reform, Freedom Fighters, Gandhi, Prejudice, Perseverance, Social Justice, Reform, Social Unrest, Determination

Manjhi Moves a Mountain

Dashrath Manjhi used a hammer and chisel, grit, determination, and twenty years to carve a path through the mountain separating his poor village from the nearby village with schools, markets, and a hospital. Manjhi Moves a Mountain shows how everyone can make a difference if their heart is big enough. Asian Descent, Grit, Determination, Carving …

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Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity. A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers’. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She …

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In My Family/En mi familia

Following the best-selling Family Pictures, In My Family/En mi familia is Carmen Lomas Garza’s continuing tribute to the family and community that shaped her childhood and her life. Lomas Garza’s vibrant paintings and warm personal stories depict memories of growing up in the traditional Mexican-American community of her hometown of Kingsville, Texas. Latin American Culture, …

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My Papi Has a Motorcycle

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she’s always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be …

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Lucky Broken Girl

In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative—based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s—a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie’s plight will intrigue readers, and her powerful story of strength and resilience, full of color, light, and poignancy, will stay …

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Comme un Million de Papillons Noirs

À cause des moqueries, Adé est une petite fille qui n’aime pas ses cheveux. Accompagnée par sa mère et ses tantes, elle va découvrir en douceur la beauté de ces papillons endormis sur sa tête, jusqu’à leur envol final. Cheveu, Famille, Papillon

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