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Book Titles

Weekly Resources

Dancing at the Carnival

Description: Its Spring Break! During Carnival, Ana & Andrew travel to visit their family on the island of Trinidad. They love watching the parade and dancing to the music. This year, they learn how their ancestors helped create the holiday! - Amazon

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  • 1 - 2

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A Day at the Museum

Description:It's a surprise visit! Ana and Andrew are excited when Grandma comes to visit. While she is there, the family tours the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and learns about important African American achievements. - Amazon

Grade:

  • 1 - 2

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Dear Primo

Description: Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart, the boys are very similar. - Amazon

Grade:

  • Kindergarten - 3

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The Funny Thing

Description: The Funny Thing is an "aminal" who eats nothing but dolls until the good little man of the mountains gets him to taste the jum jills.- Amazon

Grade

  • PK-5

Curricular Area

  • English Language Arts

Themes

  • Fairy Tales / Folklore Humor
  • Humorous Stories 
  • Fairy tales 
  • Monsters
  • Monsters

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Harlem

Description: Poems and collages celebrate the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem, a Black crucible of American culture.-Amazon

Grade:

  • 1 - 2

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Themes:
  • African American poetry
  • Own voices
  • Books for reluctant readers
  • Culture and customs

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Love and Roast Chicken

Description: One day, high in the Andes Mountains, Cuy the Guinea Pig is searching for wild spinach to eat when Tío Antonio the Fox comes in search of Cuy to eat! Tío Antonio thinks he's found dinner, but crafty Cuy has other plans. Quick-witted Cuy fools Tío Antonio not once, but three times. Combining striking woodblock artwork with an authentic South American voice, this sly trickster tale shows that clever thinking is key when you're out-foxing the fox- Amazon

Grade:

  • PK-5

Genre:

  • Fairy Tales / Folklore

Cultural Experience:

  • American Indian

Curricular Area:

  • English Language Arts
  • Spanish

Themes:

  • Tricksters--Folklore 
  • Juvenile Fiction | Animals | General 
  • Spanish language materials 
  • Guinea pigs--Andes Region--Folklore 
  • Folklore--South America 
  • Tricksters--Andes Region 
  • Guinea pigs--Folklore 
  • Indians of South America--Andes Region--Folklore

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Nimoshom and His Bus

Description:Nimoshom loved to drive the school bus. Every day, on the way to and from school, he had something to say. Sometimes, he told the kids silly stories. Sometimes, he taught the kids a new word in Cree. - Amazon

Grade:

  • PK-2

Cultural Experience:

  • American Indian

Text Complexity:

  • Lexile Level: 500L

Curricular Area:

  • English Language Arts

Themes:

  • Transportation | Cars & Trucks 
  • School & Education 
  • People & Places | Canada - Native Canadian 

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Nothing At All

Description: Left alone when his two visible brothers are chosen as pets by a little girl and boy, an invisible puppy tries to find a way to become a dog that everyone can see and love. - Amazon

Grade:

  • PK-5

Curricular Area:

  • Art
  • English Language Arts

Themes:

  • Magic 
  • Dogs 
  • Animals--Infancy

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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote  

Description: An allegorical picture book about the hardships and struggles of immigration from award-winning picture book creator Duncan Tonatiuh - Amazon

Grade:

  • 1-5

Genre:

  • Adventure

Text Complexity:

  • Lexile Level: 590L
  • ATOS Reading Level: 3.8

Curricular Area:

  • English Language Arts
  • Social Studies

Themes:

  • Immigrant / Refugee
  • Latino (US / Canada)
  • Latino (Latin America)
 

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A Snowy Day

Description: It's the season's first snowfall! School is canceled, and Ana & Andrew play in the snow with their neighbors and learn to make snow ice cream. They save some snow cream in the freezer for their cousins in Trinidad who have never seen snow. - Amazon

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  • 1 - 2

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Summer in Savannah

Description:It's summertime! Ana & Andrew travel to visit their grandparents in Savannah, Georgia. While they are there, they learn that Grandma and Grandpa's church was built by slaves. With some help from an unusual source! -- Amazon.com.

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  • 1 - 2

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Trombone Shorty

Description: Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, where music always floated in the air, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews didn’t always have the money to buy an instrument, but he did have the dream to play music. This is the story of how he made his dream take flight.- Amazon

Grade:

  • 1-5

Genre:

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction

Cultural Experience:

  • African American

Text Complexity:

  • Lexile Level: 760L
  • ATOS Reading Level: 4.2

Curricular Area:

  • English Language Arts
  • Music

Themes:

  • Trombonists--United States--Biography
  • New Orleans (La.) 
  • Biography & Autobiography | Music 
  • Trombonists  
  • Jazz musicians--United States

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