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Independent Reading

EASY
Immigrant Kids
by Russell Freedman. Puffin Books, 1980
Text and period photographs chronicle the life of immigrant children at home, school, work, and play during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Kids Explore America's Hispanic Heritage
by students in grades 3-7. John Muir Publications, 1992
A product of the Westridge Young Writers Workshop, this collection describes the history of Hispanic Americans, their cultural festivities, and the contributions of prominent individuals.
Kids Explore the Heritage of Western Native Americans
Westridge Young Writers. John Muir Publications, 1995
The story of six families in different Native American nations.
Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave
by Monty Roessel. Lerner Publications, 1995
A young Navajo girl learns to weave, builds her own table loom, and learns the folklore and songs of the loom.
Take a Trip to Haiti
by John Griffiths. Franklin Watts Ltd., 1989
An introduction to the geography, history, government, economy, people, and culture of Haiti.
A Wave in Her Pocket
by Lynn Joseph. Clarion Books, 1991
A young girl from Trinidad retells the stories of her great-aunt. The tales are exciting and mysterious.
AVERAGE
Canada (Children of the World Series)
by David K. Wright. Gareth Stevens, Inc., 1991
Looks at everyday life in Canada today through the eyes of Rachel, a girl living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Also surveys the civilization, history, culture, and geography of Canada.
El Guero
by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux, 1989
Describes the courageous boyhood of Porfirio Trevino Arrelo -- El Guero, the Blond One -- whose father was exiled by Porfirio Diaz in 1864 and who fled to Baja California with his family.
Going Home
by Nicholasa Mohr. Bantam Books, 1986
Twelve-year-old Felita leaves New York City, her family, friends, and new boyfriend for a summer vacation in a remote mountain village in Puerto Rico. After much difficulty, she finds her place in that island world.
Make It Work! North American Indians
by Andrew Haslam and Alexandra Parsons. Thomson Learning, 1995
An overview of North American Indian life that asks questions about the past. Included are directions for making replicas of items Native American people used long ago.
Morning Girl
by Michael Dorris. University of Oklahoma Press, 1992
Describes life on an island in pre-Columbian America and includes an account of the arrival of the first Europeans.
CHALLENGING
Kim/Kimi
by Hadley Irwin. Puffin Books, 1987
Japanese American girl travels from Iowa to California to experience life in the Japanese American community where her father was raised.
Land of Dreams
by Joan Lowery Nixon. Bantam Books, 1994
In 1902, 16-year-old Kristin travels with her family to Minnesota, where she finds herself frustrated by the restrictions placed on what girls of her age are expected or allowed to do.
Lost in the Barrens
by Farley Mowat. Little, Brown & Co., 1956
Two young men must survive a northern Canadian winter after becoming lost on a hunting expedition.
Nunavut
by Lyn Hancock. Lerner Publishing, 1995
An overview of the social life and customs of the Inuit, and the history of their successful efforts to have the Canadian government grant them jurisdiction over Nunavut.
Toussaint, the Black Liberator
by Ronald Syme. William Morrow, 1971
Relates Toussaint L'Ouverture's dramatic struggle to free the black people of the French colony of Saint Domingue, and his eventual tragic end in one of Napoleon's prisons.
When the Legends Die
by Hal Borland. Bantam Books, 1964
Thomas Black Boy dedicates himself to killing the old Indian legends that gave him distinction and pride, and becomes an empty old man. He achieves spiritual rebirth and a new maturity by embracing his heritage again.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories
by Anne Mazer. Persea Books, Inc., 1993
Fourteen short stories by American authors from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds.
Canto Familiar
by Gary Soto. Harcourt Brace, 1995
Twenty-five poems about the pleasures and difficulties that Mexican American children experience growing up.
Mama Rocks, Papa Sings
by Nancy Van Laan. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1995
A Haitian girl describes how her parents' house fills up with babies as relatives drop off their children on their way to work.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Dominican Republic
by Alexander Creed. Chelsea House, 1987
Surveys the history, topography, people, and culture of the Dominican Republic, with an emphasis on its current economy, industry, and place in the political world.
Mexico, the People
by Bobbie Kalman. Crabtree Publishing, 1993
Looks at the way of life of Mexican people, including family life, education, religion, city and village life, and work.
Women in American Indian Society
by Rayna Green. Chelsea House, 1992
Examines the life and culture of Native American women and profiles several women who made significant contributions.