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Our Multicultural Book Collection includes 40 children’s books specially selected to encourage children’s interest and learning in a broad range of topics, from science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) to history and social studies. The Collection also emphasizes multiculturalism and diversity in its books' content, characters, authors, and illustrators. 

A Baby Elephant in the Wild

A Baby Elephant in the Wild

by Caitlin O’Connell

Liza is a baby elephant born in the Namibian desert. Travel with Liza and her family as they search for food and water. The stunning photographs will make you feel like part of the herd!


Africa Is My Home

Africa Is My Home

by Monica Edinger, illus by Robert Byrd

Magulu is only nine years old when she is taken by slave traders. She is on board the Amistad when its passengers rise up and overthrow their captors, but her journey to freedom—and back home to Africa—has only begun.


Akira to Zoltán

Akira to Zoltán

by Cynthia Chin-Lee, illus by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy
This book introduces an alphabet of male artists, explorers, athletes, and activists who made an important impact on our world.

At the Same Moment Around the World

At the Same Moment Around the World

by Clotilde Perrin, illus by Clotilde Perrin

Readers will visit different time zones to see what’s happening at the same moment around the world. Explore Senegal, Russia, California, and everywhere in between to learn about food, recreation, and other important parts of daily life.


Brave Girl

Brave Girl

by Michelle Markel, illus by Melissa Sweet

This book tells the exciting true story of Clara Lemlich, a brave young woman who stood up for the rights of female factory workers when no one else would.


Building Stories

Building Stories

by Isabel Hill

Take an architectural tour of some of New York City’s most interesting buildings! In this fascinating book, you can discover the animals and other features hidden in plain sight on buildings throughout New York.


Circle, Square, Moose

Circle, Square, Moose

by Kelly Bingham, illus by Paul O. Zelinsky

Moose loves shapes. In fact, he loves them so much, he has trouble letting the narrator tell the story!


Each Kindness

Each Kindness

by Jacqueline Woodson, illus by E.B. Lewis

When a strange new girl comes to her school, Chloe learns an important lesson about the value of simple kindness.


EIEIO How Old MacDOnald Got His Farm

EIEIO How Old MacDOnald Got His Farm

by Judy Sierra, illus by Matthew Myers

Old MacDonald is tired of mowing his yard. He brings in a smart hen that helps him turn his piece of land into a thriving farm for the community to enjoy!


Firefly July

Firefly July

by various poets, illus by Melissa Sweet

This collection of poems moves the reader through the seasons. Each poem deals with an element that makes that particular season special, while the beautiful illustrations take the reader to another time and place.


Fractions in Disguise

Fractions in Disguise

by Edward Einhorn, illus by David Clark

Mr. Factor loves fractions! When a prized fraction up for auction goes missing, it is up to Mr. Factor to solve the mystery.


Frog Song

Frog Song

by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illus by Gennady Spirin

There are many different types of frogs around the world, each with its own unique “song.” Explore their habitats and learn what these frogs need to survive in our ever-changing world.


Gravity

Gravity

by Jason Chin, illus by Jason Chin

A simple look at the concept of gravity through the use of children’s toys and a “what if” scenario.


Hoops Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball

Hoops Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball

by John Coy, illus by Joe Morse

What can you do with a bunch of rowdy college boys in the winter when it’s cold outside? James Naismith invented a new game called basketball to keep them active and safe while playing indoors.


Hope’s Gift

Hope’s Gift

by Kelly Starling Lyons, illus by Don Tate

Hope’s father sneaks away to fight for the Union army. While he’s gone, she listens to the sound of freedom from inside a conch shell, dreaming of the day that her family will be reunited.


Imani’s Moon

Imani’s Moon

by JaNay Brown-Wood, illus by Hazel Mitchell

Imani is teased by the other children in her tribe for being so small. With the love and encouragement of her mother, Imani proves that size is not a measure of what a person can accomplish.


Jimmy the Joey

Jimmy the Joey

by Deborah Lee Rose and Susan Kelly

After an accident in which he is separated from his mother, Jimmy is rescued and taken to Koala Hospital. While at the hospital, Jimmy learns skills that will help him live on his own in the wild.


Jasper’s Story: Saving Moon Bears

Jasper’s Story: Saving Moon Bears

by Jill Robinson and Marc Bekoff, illus by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Jasper is a moon bear, kept in a small cage by bear farmers who wanted to sell his bile. This is the tale of Jasper’s rescue and the team of caregivers who helped nurse him back to health.


Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives

by Lola M. Schaefer, illus by Christopher Silas Neal

From 1 spider to 1,000 seahorses, the author uses clues from animals’ lives to come up with amazing facts and figures you wouldn’t normally find in a book or on the internet.


Lola Plants a Garden

Lola Plants a Garden

by Anna McQuinn, illus by Rosalind Beardshaw

After reading her favorite poem, Lola is inspired to plant her own flower garden.


Marching with Aunt Susan

Marching with Aunt Susan

by Claire Rudolf Murphy, illus by Stacey Schuett

It’s 1896, and women in America don’t have the right to vote in elections. Follow along with one brave young girl as she fights for equal rights with her friends, family, and Susan B. Anthony.


Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot

by Margot Theis Raven, illus by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

This book shares the amazing true story of an American pilot who dropped mini-parachutes of chocolate for the children of West Berlin during the Berlin Airlift after World War II.


Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

by Brian Floca

On a Beam of Light

On a Beam of Light

by Jennifer Berne, illus by Vladimir Radunsky

Curious about the mysteries of the world, young Albert is full of questions! This picture book explores the life of Albert Einstein and how he became one of the most famous scientists in history.


Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

by Alison Jay, illus by Alison Jay

There are many treasures to be found along the shore. Join two children as they explore the beach and see what a storm might bring in from the deep blue sea.


Papa’s Mechanical Fish

Papa’s Mechanical Fish

by Candace Fleming, illus by Boris Kulikov

While on a fishing trip, Papa gets the idea to invent an underwater vessel. As he works on his invention, Papa illustrates the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”


Parrots Over Puerto Rico

Parrots Over Puerto Rico

by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illus by Susan L. Roth

Long ago, Puerto Rican parrots raised their young, hunted for food, and made nesting holes in the tall trees. As time passed and more people lived on the island, the parrots died out. This book shows how people are now trying to help the parrots thrive again.


Paul Thurlby’s Wildlife

Paul Thurlby’s Wildlife

by Paul Thurlby, illus by Paul Thurlby

Did you know that tigers can hear better than humans? Have you ever wondered where the term “crocodile tears” comes from? Wildlife includes these and other fun facts about animals that you may not have known.


Pele, King of Soccer

Pele, King of Soccer

by Monica Brown, illus by Randy Gutierrez

Pelé goes from playing soccer for fun with his father and friends to being the King of Soccer, bringing glory to his homeland, Brazil, by helping the national team win multiple World Cup titles.


Penguin in Peril

Penguin in Peril

by Helen Hancocks, illus by Helen Hancocks

Three hungry cats have a foolproof plan for a fishy feast—all they need is a penguin to do the fishing. Will these cat burglars get their feast, or will the penguin slip through their paws? Read to find out!


Rabbit’s Snow Dance

Rabbit’s Snow Dance

by James and Joseph Bruchac, illus by Jeff Newman

This fun and funny retelling of a traditional Iroquois fable follows Rabbit and his friends as he learns the importance of being patient.


Rags Hero Dog of WW1: A True Story

Rags Hero Dog of WW1: A True Story

by Margot Theis Raven, illus by Petra Brown

Rags was just a stray mutt—until the day he met Private James Donovan and found not only a home, but a friend. This book tells the incredible true story of their friendship and of their adventures together in the First World War.


Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend

Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend

by Donald F. Montileaux, illus by Donald F. Montileaux

A young warrior sets out on a search for food and instead discovers a creature called horse (Tasunka).


The Boy Who Loved Math

The Boy Who Loved Math

by Deborah Heiligman, illus by LeUyen Pham

Math in the morning, math in the afternoon, math at night—Paul loved math! He thought about it all the time. This true story is about how Paul Erdös made his obsession for math work for his everyday life.


The Soda Bottle School

The Soda Bottle School

by Seño Laura Kutner and Suzanne Slade, illus by Aileen Darragh

A Guatemalan village is overrun with trash. A young student named Fernando and his teacher come up with a crazy plan to turn the trash into an unexpected treasure.


Titanic

Titanic

by Sean Callery
Over 100 years ago, the “unsinkable” ship Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. This book explores life

Ultimate Bug-Opedia

Ultimate Bug-Opedia

by Darlyne Murawski and Nancy Honovich

Did you know that thrips could set off your smoke detector alarm? Read to find out more interesting facts about insects!


Urban Animals

Urban Animals

by Isabel Hill

Take an architectural tour of some of New York City’s most interesting buildings! In this fascinating book, you can discover the animals and other features hidden in plain sight on buildings throughout New York.


Water Can Be

Water Can Be

by , illus by Violeta Dabija

A seasonal look at the variety of ways in which water is used in the world.


When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky

When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky

by Lauren Stringer, illus by Lauren Stringer

Igor Stravinsky, a composer, and Vaslav Nijinsky, a dancer, teamed up to create an original work called The Rite of Spring. Some loved it, some hated it—there was a riot in the street! Read on to explore the important connection between music and dance.