Multicultural Books

Books transport readers to other worlds -- and not only fantasy lands where animals talk and magic is commonplace. The stories on this list introduce kids to cultures and worlds that are much closer by ... and just as fascinating!

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Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart Book Poster Image
A giant saves the day in muy magical story.
By Pat Mora
(2006)
(2006)
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Gai See: What You Can See in Chinatown Book Poster Image
Colorful, seasonal peek at Cantonese food and fun.
By Roseanne Thong
(2008)
(2007)
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My Abuelita Book Poster Image
Robust artwork with a Latino touch celebrates storytelling.
By Tony Johnston
(2010)
(2009)
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Small Beauties: The Journey of Darcy Heart O'Hara Book Poster Image
Small treasure explores Irish famine, emigration.
By Elvira Woodruff
(2006)
(2006)
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Crouching Tiger Book Poster Image
Boy learns to appreciate his heritage in universal story.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2012)
(2011)
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The Long Silk Strand: A Grandmother's Legacy to Her Granddaughter Book Poster Image
Lovely tale addresses questions about death.
By Laura E. Williams
(2003)
(1995)
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A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic Book Poster Image
History, magic, foreign travel in exciting tween adventure.
By Lisa Papademetriou
(2015)
(2015)
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Tua and the Elephant Book Poster Image
Fun, exciting tale of Thai girl who rescues an elephant.
By R.P. Harris
(2012)
(2012)
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The Tequila Worm Book Poster Image
Moving tale of Latina going to white boarding school.
By Viola Canales
(2006)
(2006)
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Half a World Away Book Poster Image
Troubled adopted boy learns to open heart in moving tale.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2014)
(2014)
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I Lived on Butterfly Hill Book Poster Image
Moving story of Chilean girl's escape from a dictatorship.
By Marjorie Agosin
(2014)
(2014)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
(2011)
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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party Book Poster Image
Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2008)
(2007)
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Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier Book Poster Image
Boy joins a come-to-life clay soldier in exciting adventure.
By Ying Chang Compestine, Vinson Compestine
(2014)
(2014)
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Shooting Kabul Book Poster Image
Life and 9/11 through lens of 11-year-old Afghan immigrant.
By N. H. Senzai
(2011)
(2011)
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Summer of the Mariposas Book Poster Image
Fantastical quest explores sisterhood and Mexican legends.
By Guadalupe Garcia McCall
(2012)
(2012)
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Beneath My Mother's Feet Book Poster Image
Great mom-daughter read about a Pakistani teen.
By Amjed Qamar
(2008)
(2008)
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The Green Bicycle Book Poster Image
Funny, poignant, cheer-worthy tale of spirited Saudi girl.
By Haifaa al Mansour
(2015)
(2015)
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Akata Witch Book Poster Image
Imaginative story of U.S. albino finding magic in Nigeria.
By Nnedi Okorafor
(2011)
(2011)
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Boxers & Saints Book Poster Image
Exciting graphic-novel set is powerful historical fiction.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2013)
(2013)
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I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives Book Poster Image
Moving, eye-opening memoir of cross-cultural friendship.
By Martin Ganada, Caitlin Alifrenka, Liz Welch
(2015)
(2015)
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Tokyo Heist Book Poster Image
Manga, art, and life lessons in top-notch mystery adventure.
By Diana Renn
(2012)
(2012)
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Untwine Book Poster Image
Poignant, thoughtful tale of teen's loss, grief, recovery.
By Edwidge Danticat
(2015)
(2015)
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American Born Chinese Book Poster Image
First graphic novel to win major child lit awards.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2007)
(2006)
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Bog Child Book Poster Image
Lyrical but realistic; teens may need Irish history lesson.
By Siobhan Dowd
(2009)
(2008)
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book Poster Image
Funny, gritty, and powerful novel of growing up on the rez.
By Sherman Alexie
(2007)
(2007)
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The Joy Luck Club Book Poster Image
Sweeping story of bicultural mother-daughter friction.
By Amy Tan
(2010)
(1989)
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Sold Book Poster Image
Unforgettable story of Nepali girl sold into prostitution.
By Patricia McCormick
(2016)
(2006)
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Life of Pi Book Poster Image
Fascinating survival tale with animal facts, gory detail.
By Yann Martel
(2011)
(2001)
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The Kite Runner Book Poster Image
Brilliant, violent Afghanistan novel will enlighten teens.
By Khaled Hosseini
(2012)
(2003)
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