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Cássio’s Day: From Dusk to Dawn in a Brazilian Village
by Maria de Fatima Campos 

This photographic information book by photographer Maria de Fatima Campos is part of a larger series examining the daily lives of children from around the world. Cássio’s day includes images of him attending school, gardening, buying candy, and being with his friends and family. The book illustrates the commonality and differences of all children.

Published by: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Recommended by: Dr. Nathan Taylor



Esperanza Rising 
by Pam Munoz Ryan

This story chronicles a young girl and her family as they immigrate to the California in 1930. The murder of her father forces the once well-off family to arrive in the U.S. as migrant workers, contrary to the privilege they were once accustomed. The story teaches readers the hardships of immigrants during the Depression, as well as, a coming of age story of a 13-year old girl. Young girls find the story easily relatable.

Published by: Scholastic
Recommended by: Dr. Cari Bernadowski



The Name Jar
by Yangsook Choi 

Unhei is teased for her unique named and embarrassed as she arrives for her first day of school. When she arrives at school, she enlists the help of classmates to come up with an American name. Students place names in the “name jar” to help her in her quest to fit in with her peers. In the end, she decides her name is what makes her special.

Published by: Dragon Fly Books
Recommended by: Dr. Cari Bernadowski



Throw Your Tooth on the Roof 
by Selby Beeler

What do children in Costa Rica do when they lose a tooth? Does the tooth fairy come? Traditions from all over the world that every preschooler and elementary child can relate to; and illustrates the point that although people of different cultures have many differences, we also have many commonalities.

Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Recommended by: Dr. Susan Parker



Snow Queen 
by Hans Christian Andersen

Retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story. The illustrations, by Vladyslav Yerko, who also illustrated the Harry Potter books, are gorgeous and transport the reader to another world. This book won an Andersen House Award as one of the best children's books of 2006. Russian and Ukrainian versions available on request.

Published by: A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA Publishers
Recommended by: Dr. Susan Parker



The Funny Little Women 
by Arlene Mosel

Illustrated by Blair Lent was the 1973 Caldecott winner. It is based on a Japanese folk tale about a little woman who, while chasing a dumpling, encounters wicked creatures. While unwitting them, the funny little woman becomes the richest woman in Japan.

Published by: Puffin
Recommended by: Dr. Susan Parker



Follow the Drinking Gourd 
by Jeanette Winters

The story is based on an old American folksong Follow the Drinking Gourd. The song/story depicts how the song was used as a code for southern slaves to go north into Ohio and Canada through the underground railroad. The actual song sheet is included in the book.

Published by: Dragonfly Books
Recommended by: Dr. Shelly Haser