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Written in Stone

By: Rosanne Parry

   Rosanne Parry author of Heart of a Shepherd, shines a light on Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest in the 1920s, a time of critical cultural upheaval.   Pearl...

The Language Inside

By: Holly Thompson

   Emma Karas was raised in Japan; it's the country she calls home. But when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, Emma's family moves to a town outside Lowell, Massachusetts, to stay...

The Language Inside

By: Holly Thompson

A nuanced novel in verse that explores identit, friendship, love, loss, and home in a multicultural world.For Emma Karas, Japan is home. It is where she has lived almost her entire life. But when her mother...


What Can You Do with a Paleta?

By: Carmen Tafolla
Illustrated by: Magaly Morales

Where the paleta wagon rings its tinkly belland carries a treasure of icy paletasin every color of the sarape . . .As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored...

Room for the Baby

By: Michelle Edwards
illustrated by: Jana Christy

UH-OH! What's a family to do when there's a baby on the way but no place to put a crib? The big brother-to-be is worried. His mom does have a sewing room, but its every nook and cranny is stuffed with...

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama

By: Selina Alko

I am a mix of two traditions. From Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama. How lucky am I? Holiday time at Sadie's house means golden gelt sparkling under the Christmas tree, candy canes hanging on eight...


The House of Djinn

By: Suzanne Fisher Staples

Mumtaz, daughter of Shabanu, has lived with her father's traditional Muslim family for 10 years, enduring the scorn of her auntie Leyla day in and day out. Her only protectors are her uncle Omar and Baba,...

Growing Up Muslim

By: Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Author Sumbul Ali-Karamali offers her personal account, discussing the many and varied questions she fielded from curious friends and schoolmates while growing up in Southern California—from diet,...