Multicultural: One Town, Many Cultures

A booklist for all ages about the many different people that make up a community.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
 Elizabeti's Doll

Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej St)

When a young Tanzanian girl gets a new baby brother, she finds a rock, which she names Eva, and makes it her baby doll.

 Same, Same, But Different

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kos)

Pen pals Elliott and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries--America and India--they both love to climb trees, own pets, and ride school buses.

A Mezuzah on the Door

Amy Meltzer
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mel)

Noah has not gotten a good night's sleep since moving from a noisy apartment in the city to a quiet house in the suburbs, but that changes after his parents invite former neighbors to celebrate the dedication of their home as a Jewish home.

Aunt Flossie's Fats (And Crab Cakes Later)

Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ho)

Sara and Susan share tea, cookies, crab cakes, and stories about hats when they visit their favorite relative, Aunt Flossie.

Bee-bim Bop!

Linda Sue Park
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pa)

A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation, and table setting.

Behind the Mask

Yangsook Choi
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cho)

Kimin, a young Korean-American boy, has trouble deciding on a Halloween costume, but as he looks through an old trunk of his grandfather's things, he suddenly unlocks a childhood mystery.

Black is Brown is Tan

Arnold Adoff
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ad)

Describes in verse a family with a brown-skinned mother, white-skinned father, two children, and their various relatives.


Bernard Ashley
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej As)

Wishing he had something to be clever at like each of the other children in his class, Ling Sung unexpectedly and happily discovers the others admire his prowess with chopsticks.

Deep in the Sahara

Kelly Cunnane
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cun)

An Arab girl of the Sahara who wants to wear a malafa, the veiled dress worn by her mother and older sister, learns that the garment represents beauty, mystery, tradition, belonging, and faith.

Dim Sum For Everyone!

Grace Lin
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Li)

A child describes the various little dishes of dim sum that she and her family enjoy on a visit to a restaurant in Chinatown.

Elephant Dance

Theresa Heine
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej He)

Grandfather tells many stories about his native India in answer to Ravi and Anjali's questions, such as the tale of a procession of elephants on the feast of Divaali when he was a boy. Includes facts about life in India, a list of cooking spices, and descriptions of Indian animals.

Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale

Jonathan London
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Fire Race Lon)

With the help of other animals, Wise Old Coyote manages to acquire fire from the wicked Yellow Jacket sisters.

Fish for Jimmy

Katie Yamasaki
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yam)

When brothers Taro and Jimmy and their mother are forced to move from their home in California to a Japanese internment camp in the wake of the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing, Taro daringly escapes the camp to find fresh fish for his grieving brother.

Fishing Day

Andrea Davis Pinkney
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pi)

When Reenie and her mother, who are African Americans, go fishing, Reenie decides to share the secret of their success with their needy white neighbors.

Gluskabe and the Four Wishes

Joseph Bruchac
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Gluskab Bru)

Four Abenaki men set out on a difficult journey to ask the great hero Gluskabe to grant each his fondest wish.

Grandfather’s Journey

Allen Say
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sa)

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.

Little White Duck: A Childhood in China

Andrés Vera Martínez
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Martine)

A young girl describes her experiences growing up in China, beginning with the death of Chairman Mao in 1976.

Long-Long's New Year : a Story About the Chinese Spring Festival

Catherine Gower
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Go)

A little Chinese boy named Long-Long accompanies his grandfather into the city to sell cabbages in order to buy food and decorations for the New Year.

Mama Panya's Pancakes : A Village Tale from Kenya

Mary Chamberlin
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cha)

Mama Panya has just enough money to buy ingredients for a few pancakes, so when her son Adika invites all their friends to join them, she is sure there will not be enough to go around.

Molly’s Pilgrim

Barbara Cohen
(Juvenile Fiction - J Co)

Told to make a Pilgrim doll for the Thanksgiving display at school, Molly is embarassed when her mother tries to help her out by creating a doll dressed as she herself was dressed before leaving Russia to seek religious freedom.

Muslim Child: Understanding Islam through Stories and Poems

Rukhsana Khan
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 297 Kh)

A collection of stories and poems about Muslim children from a variety of backgrounds, focusing on the celebration of holidays and practices of Islam.

Peboan and Seegwun

Charles Larry
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Peboan Lar)

An encounter between Peboan, Old Man Winter, and Seegwun, the Spirit of Spring, marks the transition from one season to another.

Sleeping Cutie

Andrea Davis Pinkney
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pi)

Cutie LaRue is perfect in nearly every way, but her sleeplessness causes problems for her parents until they send for a new toy that introduces Cutie to the Dreamland Nightclub.

Speak English for Us, Marisol!

Karen English
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej En)

Marisol, who is bilingual, is sometimes overwhelmed when her Spanish-speaking family members and neighbors need her to translate for them.

The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Gel)

This collection includes eight delightful tales from the Jewish tradition. Each story has been chosen for its appeal to families and each has a simple yet powerful, message.

The Keeping Quilt

Patricia Polacco
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pol)

A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.

The People Could Fly

Virginia Hamilton
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 People Could Ham)

In this retelling of a folktale, a group of slaves, unable to bear their sadness and starvation any longer, calls upon the African magic that allows them to fly away.

The Rainbow People

Laurence Yep
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Ye)

A collection of twenty Chinese folk tales that were passed on by word of mouth for generations, as told by some oldtimers newly settled in the United States.

Trickster : Native American Tales : A Graphic Collection

Matt Dembicki
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Trickst)

Collects over twenty trickster stories, in graphic novel format, from various Native American traditions, including tales about coyotes, rabbits, ravens, and other crafty creatures and their mischievous activities.

Yes! We are Latinos

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy
(Juvenile Fiction - J Ada)

A collection of stories about young Latino's immigrant experiences in the United States.