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I is for Immigrants
Alko, Selina

This alphabet picture book companion to the popular B Is for Brooklyn weaves together a multitude of immigrant experiences in a concise, joyful package. For readers of Dreamers by Yuyi Morales.

What do African dance, samosas, and Japanese gardens have in common? They are...

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I Lived on Butterfly Hill
Agosin, Marjorie
An eleven-year-old's world is upended by political turmoil in this "lyrically ambitious tale of exile and reunification" (Kirkus Reviews) from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile.

Celeste Marconi is a dreamer. She lives peacefully among friends and neighbors and...

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I Sang You Down from the Stars
Spillett-Sumner, Tasha
A New York Times bestseller!

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book

This unique baby book sings with Native cultural detail, while striking a universal chord in its celebration of the blossoming of love that comes with expecting and welcoming a new baby--with art by New...

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I Talk Like a River
Scott, Jordan
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner

What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to?

Sometimes it takes a change of...

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I Too Am America
Hughes, Langston
Winner of the Coretta Scott King illustrator award, I, Too, Am America blends the poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality.

I, too, sing America.
I am the...

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I Will Dance
Flood, Nancy Bo
This poetic and uplifting picture book illustrated by the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines follows a young girl born with cerebral palsy as she pursues her dream of becoming a dancer.

Like many young girls, Eva longs to...

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I Wish You Knew
Kramer, Jackie Azúa

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Children's Book of 2021

When Estrella's father has to leave because

he wasn't born here, like her,

She misses him.

And she wishes people knew the way it affects her.

At home. At school.


But a...

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Inzana, Ryan
Exploring themes of grief, masculinity, and belonging, Ryan Inzana's award-winning work is perfect for fans of Hey, Kiddo, American Born Chinese, and Tilly Walden.

Eisner Nominee - Asian/Pacific American Young Adult Literature Honor

Raised by his Japanese mother...

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Herrera, Juan Felipe
A buoyant, breathtaking poem from Juan Felipe Herrera -- brilliantly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Lauren Castillo -- speaks to every dreaming heart.

Have you ever imagined what you might be when you grow up? When he was very young, Juan Felipe Herrera picked chamomile flowers in...

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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall
Various Poets

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, American Library Association (ALA)
Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist, Texas Library Association (TLA)
Notable Children's Book, American Library Association (ALA)
Best Books of the Year, Parenting magazine
Children's Books Mean Business,...

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In My Anaana's Amautik
Sammurtok, Nadia

The far north has never felt so deliciously warm. -- ★Kirkus Reviews

Readers will carry this gorgeous book close to their hearts.-- ★School Library Journal

Just right for bedtime, it's an...

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In the Spirit of the Dream
Salazar, Aida

Celebratory, triumphant, and inspiring, In the Spirit of a Dream is a tribute to American immigrants of color, written in poems and illustrated by 13 first- and second-generation immigrant artists.

In the spirit of a dream, many immigrants of color set out...

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Inside Out & Back Again
Lai, Thanhhà

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award!

Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee--fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to...

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IntersectionAllies PB
Choi, Carolyn



The brainchild of three women-of-color sociologists, IntersectionAllies is a smooth, gleeful entry into...

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IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All
Choi, Carolyn



[A] celebration of solidarity, allyship, and community...A welcoming resource for...

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Dorros, Arthur
Rosalba is going on an imaginary journey to the Caribbean island where her grandmother grew up. Through her abuela's eyes, Rosalba visits with relatives who still live on la isla and sees the beautiful terrain of the island— from the lush, tropical rain forest to the bustling old city. Along...
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Isla - Spanish Softcover
Dorros, Arthur

Rosalba is going on an imaginary journey to the Caribbean island where her grandmother grew up. Through her abuela's eyes, Rosalba visits with relatives who still live on la isla and sees the beautiful terrain of the island— from the lush, tropical rain forest to the bustling old city. Along the...

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Itzhak: A Boy Who Loved the Violin
Newman, Tracy

2021 Schneider Family Book Award Honor

This picture-book biography of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will inspire young readers to follow the melody within themselves

A 2021 Schneider Family Book Award Young Children Honor Book

Before becoming one of the greatest violinists of all time, Itzhak Perlman was simply a...

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Jazz Owls
Engle, Margarita
"Perfect for history buffs, dance enthusiasts, poets, and just about anyone looking for a great story." --School Library Journal (starred review)

From the Young People's Poet Laureate Margarita Engle comes a searing novel in verse about the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943.


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Johnny's Pheasant
Minnema, Cheryl

An encounter with a pheasant (which may or may not be sleeping) takes a surprising turn in this sweetly serious and funny story of a Native American boy and his grandma

"Pull over, Grandma! Hurry!" Johnny says. Grandma does, and Johnny runs to show her what he spotted near the...
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JoJo Makoons #1 The Used-to-Be Best Friend
Quigley, Dawn

Staff Pick

American Indian Youth Literature Award: Middle Grade Honor Book! Hello/Boozhoo--meet Jo Jo Makoons! Full of pride, joy, and plenty of humor, this first book in an all-new chapter book series by Dawn Quigley celebrates a spunky young Ojibwe girl who loves who she is....

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Julie Flett Print - Birdsong

Staff Pick

Limited edition archival...

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Just A Minute (Hardcover)
Morales, Yuyi
In this original trickster tale, Senor Calavera arrives unexpectedly at Grandma Beetle's door. He requests that she leave with him right away. Just a minute, Grandma Beetle tells him. She still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas -- and that'...
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Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
Sotomayor, Sonia
Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique.

A #1 New York Times bestseller!

Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award!

Feeling different, especially as a...

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Just in Case (Paperback)
Morales, Yuyi

From three-time Pura Belpré Winner Yuyi Morales, a delightful alphabet picture book about a Día de los Muertos skeleton who must find the perfect birthday gift (or gifts!)

A 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year
Winner of the 2009 Pura Belpré Medal for...

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