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Childrens Books

De Rolf, S. (1997). The crayon box that talked. New York: Random House. ISBN: 0679886117 ( children's book )

While in a toy store, a young girl notices that the various crayon colors can't get along. In the beginning, they are critical of their differences. “I don't like Red!” said Yellow, and Green said, “Nor do I!” After buying the box of crayons, the little girl takes them home. She opens the box and deliberately displays all the colors so they can observe her drawing. After finishing her picture, the crayons realize the importance of each color and celebrate their differences. “Blue, you were terrific, so high up in the sky!” This is a deceptively simple rhyming poem with a message that will resonate with all ages.
1997 Theme of the Ad Council's National Anti-Discrimination Campaign for Children ; Lesson plan from the Teaching Tolerance web site

Garcha, R., & Russell, P. Y. (2006). The world of Islam in literature for youth: a selective annotated bibliography for K-12. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press.  ISBN: 9780810841987

This title, an annotated bibliography,  identifies more than 700 books, videos, dvd’s, other instructional materials, and online resources on the topic of Islam and the Muslim culture.  The listings were selected based on positive reviews, availability, and suitability for use with students K-12.  The 16 chapters include  biography, fiction and folklore, geography, history and, Islamic faith and practice, Nation of Islam, resistance versus terrorism, women in Islam, and other aspects. Each entry includes bibliographic information as well as a concise review explaining the contents and scope.  Author, title, grade, subject, and illustrator & photographer indexes are included. This reference title will enable educators to identify helpful resources on the topic of Islam.   Ward, J.  (2006). [Review of the book].  Multicultural Review, 15(4), 19.

Gebel, D. (2006). Crossing boundaries with children's books. Lanham, Md :  Scarecrow Press. ISBN: 0810852039

This is a third and most recent title to be sponsored by the U.S. Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) that lists children’s books for  ages up to 14 dealing with international themes and topics.  As an annotated bibliography which lists about 700 titles published between 2000 and 2004, it also includes titles published in the U.S. but whose setting is another country. The books are organized first by region and then by country. Additionally, several essays on international publishing and translations are included along with a detailed compilation of helpful resources such as book awards, publishers with an international focus, and sources for foreign-language/bilingual books.  This is a worthwhile resource that reflects a global vision.  Glantz, S. (2007). [Review of the book]. Booklist, 103(9/10), 150.

Seale, D., & Slapin, B. (Eds.).(2005). A broken flute: The Native experience in books for children. Walnut, CA: AltaMira Press. ISBN:0759107785

The editors are co-founders of Oyate which is a “community-based Native organization” in Berkley, California whose purpose is the “honest portrayal of the lives, traditional arts, literature, and histories of Native Americans.”
The book has a dual purpose. The first section is a collection of essays written by highly regarded Native authors, storytellers and educators that focus on specific aspects of Native cultures interspersed with book reviews of children's books on various topics. Examples include the California Missions, Ishi, the Navajo Long Walk, and Coyote. The second section contains reviews of literature geared for students in grades K-12. Lesser known Native writers and illustrators who are often published by Native and small presses are included. These positive and negative reviews consider not only the literary aspects of the books but also their historical and cultural accuracy. Some of the reviews are very critical of titles written by non-Native authors and “will not be comfortable reading” advise the editors in their introduction. Fuchs, C. (2006). [Review of the book]. Choice, 43, 1577.

Stan, S. (2002). The world through children's books. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press.  ISBN: 0810854880

In the introduction, it is noted that stories can help us “understand differences yet, at the same time, also reveal our common humanity”.  This annotated bibliography includes approximately 700 international children’s books published between 1996 and 2000 representing 73 countries that meet that goal.  It is a companion title to Doris Gebel’s Crossing Boundaries with Children’s Books and, like that book, is sponsored by the U.S. Board on Books for Young People.  Bibliographic information and suggested grade levels are provided. It is a valuable and easy-to-use tool for librarians, teachers and others seeking to promote international understanding through children’s literature.  Glantz, R. (2002). [Review of the book].  Booklist, 98(19/20), 1782.

Tingle, T. (2006). Crossing Bok Chitto. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press. ISBN: 0938317776 (children's book)

Tom Tingle, a noted Choctaw storyteller/ writer, and Jean Rorex Bridges, a Cherokee artist making her children's book debut, present a tale of friendship between 2 cultures of the early 1800's. At that time, the river Bok Chitto was the dividing line between the sovereign Choctaw Nation and Mississippi plantations. If enslaved Blacks were able to escape to the Choctaw side of the river, they were free as the law forbade slave owners from pursuing across it. Unknown to outsiders, the Chochtaw had built a stone path just below the river's surface. This unseen path and the generosity of a Choctaw family aid an enslaved Black family in their escape to freedom. As Beverly Slapin writes in her review of this picture book, “this is an awesome story of survival, generosity, courage, kindness and love enhanced by Bridges luminous acrylic paintings.” ALA Notable Children's Book, 2007 ; Slapin, B. (2006). [Review of the book]. Rethinking schools, 20(4), 61

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