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Book Lists for Cultural Community Story Boxes

Books and artifacts

María Acevedo & Kathy Short, 2012


Story Boxes:

Africa (East)

Africa (West)

American Indians from the Southwest









Roxaboxen. McLerran, Alice. Ill. Barbara Cooney. Set in Yuma, Arizona. 2004

Clementina’s Cactus. Keats, Ezra Jack. Set in the Southwest. 1999

This House is Made of Mud. Buchanan, Ken. Ill. Libba Tracy. Set in the Sonoran desert. 2004

My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo. Gonzalez, Maya C. Set in the Mojave desert. 2007

Dig Wait Listen: A Desert Toad’s Tale. Sayre, April Pulley. Ill. Barbara Bash. Set in the desert regions of Arizona, Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, California and New Mexico. 2001

The Seed and the Giant Saguaro. Ward, Jennifer. Ill. Mike Rangner. Set in the Sonoran desert. 2003

A Cowgirl and her Horse. Adams, Jean Ekman. Set in the Southwest. 2011

Art and Max, Weisner, David. Set in Southwest. 2010

Artifacts: plastic cactus; colored stones; and pictures of Sonoran desert plants




Let’s Eat!/¡A comer! Mora, Pat. Ill. Maribel Suárez. Rayo, Harper Collins, 2008

I’m Just Like My Mom/I’m Just Like My Dad: Me parezco tanto a mi mamá/ Me parezco tanto a mi papá. Ramos, Jorge. Ill. Akemi Guttiérez. Rayo, 2008

What Can You Do with a Paleta? Tafolla, Carmen. Ill. Magaly Morales. Tricycle, 2009

My Nana’s Remedies/Los remedios de mi nana. Rivera-Ashford, Roni Capin. Ill. Edna San Miguel. ASDM, 2002

My Tata’s Guitar/ La guitarra de mi tata. Brammer, Ethriam Cash. Ill. Daniel Lechón. Piñata, 2002

We Are Cousins/Somos primos. Gonzales Bertrand, Diane. Ill. Christina E. Rodriguez. Piñata, 2007

The Party for Papa Luis/ La fiesta para Papá Luis. Gonzales Bertrand, Diane. Ill. Alejandro Galindo. Piñata, 2010

¡Fiesta! Guy, G. F. Ill. Rene King Moreno. Greenwillow, 2007

Artifacts: paleta ice pop mold and a tortilla holder



American Indians from the Southwest

Baby Learns About Sense. Ruffenach, Jessie. Translated by Peter Thomas. Ill. Beverly Blacksheep. Navajo. 2005

Baby’s First Laugh
. Ruffenach, Jessie. Translated by Peter Thomas. Ill. Beverly Blacksheep. Navajo. 2003

Dibé Yázhí Táa’go Baa Hane’/The Three Little Sheep. Yazzie, Seraphine. Translated by Peter Thomas. Ill. Ryan Huna Smith. Navajo. 2006

Children of Clay: A Family of Pueblo Potter. Swentzell, Rina. Tewa Indians, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. 2006

Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon and Stars Began. Garcia, Emmett “Shkeme”. Ill. Victoria Pringle. Tamaya Pueblo. 2006

Sing Down the Rain. Moreillon, Judy. Ill. Michael Chiago. Tohono O’odham. 1997

Jóhonaa’éí: Bringer of Dawn. Tsinajinnie, Veronica. Translated by Peter Thomas. Ill. Ryan Singer. Salina Bookshelf, 2007. Navajo

Big Moon Tortilla. Cowley, Joy. Ill. Dyanne Strongbow. Tohono O’odham. 1998

Navajo ABC/A Diné Alphabet Book. Tapahonso, Luci & Schick, Eleanor. Ill. Eleanor Schick. 1995

Artifacts: Clay and coyote.






What Are You Doing? Amado, Elisa. Ill. Manuel Monroy. 2011

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book. Morales, Yuyi. 2003

Playing Loteria/El juego de la Lotería. Laínez, René Colato. 2005. (Set in Guanajuato)

What Can You Do with a Rebozo? Tafolla, Carmen. Ill. Amy Cordova. 2008

The Tortilla Factory. Paulsen, Gary. Ill. Ruth Wright Paulsen. 1995

My Abuelita. Johnston, Tony. Ill. Yuyi Morales. 2009

Uno, dos, tres: One, Two, Three. Mora, Pat. Ill. Barbara Lavalee. 2000 (Aztec inspired illustrations)

M is for Mexico. Cordero, Flor de María. Photographs. 2008

Artifacts: Rebozo and La Lotería game.



East Africa

Mama Elizabeti. Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie. Ill. Christy Hale. Set in Tanzania. 2004

New Shoes for Helen. Onyefulu, Ifeoma. Set in Ethiopia. 2011

Omer’s Favourite Place. Onyefulu, Ifeoma. Set in Ethiopia. 2011

Only the Mountains Do not Move. Reynolds, Jan. Set between Kenya and Tanzania, Maasai culture. 2011

The Lion and The Mouse. Pinkney, Jerry. Set in the African Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya. 2009

For You Are a Kenyan Child. Cunnane, Kelly. Ill. Ana Juan. Set in a Kenyan village. 2006

Lala Salama. Maclachlan, Patricia. Ill. Elizabeth Zunon. Set in Tanzania. 2011

Rain School. Rumford, James. Set in Chad. 2010

Artifacts: Jungle animals and fabric for baby carrier.



West Africa

The Hatseller and the Monkeys. Diakité, Baba Wagué. Set in Mali. 1999

Grandma Comes to Stay. Onyefulu, Ifeoma. Set in Green, Ghana. 2009

Deron Goes to Nursery School. Onyefulu, Ifeoma. Set in Green, Ghana. 2009

Oh, No, Toto!. Tchana, Katrin Hyman & Pami, Luoise Tchana. Ill. Colin Bootman. Set in Cameroon. 1997

Welcome Dede! An African Naming Ceremony. Onyefulu, Ifeoma. Set in Ghana. 2003

Anna Hibiscus’ Song. Atinuke. Ill. Lauren Tobia. Set in contemporary Africa, maybe Nigeria. 2011

Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa. Daly, Niki. Set in Ghana. 2006

Where Are Going On a Lion Hunt. Axtell, David. Set in the African savanna. 2007

Artifacts: Jungle animals, African hat and a stuffed monkey




While We Were Out. Lee, Ho Baek. 2003

Minji’s Salon. Choung, Eun-hee. 2008

Waiting for Mama. Lee, Tae-Jun. Ill. Dong-Seong Kim. 2007

Something for School. Lee, Hyun Young. 2008

Wave. Lee, Suzy. 2008

My Cat Copies Me. Kwon, Yoon-duck. 2005

Bee-bim-Bop! Park, Linda Sue. Ill Ho Baedk Lee. 2005

Sori’s Harvest Moon Day: A Story of Korea. Lee, Uk-Bae. 1999

K is for Korea. Cheung, Hyechong & Das, Prodeepta . 2011.

Artifacts: Chopsticks and Korean toy




La La Rose. Ichikawa, Satomi. Philomel, 2004

A Visit to Fance. Alcraft, Rob. Heinemann Library. 2008

The Cat Who Walked Across France. Banks, Kate. Ill. Georg Hallensleben. Frances Foster. 2004

Big Wolf & Little Wolf. Brun-Cosme, Nadine. Ill. Olivier Tallec. Translated. Enchanted Lion. 2010

Madeline. Bemelmans, Ludwig. Puffin. 1998

Mama’s Perfect Present. Goode, Diane, Dutton. 1996

Everybody Bonjours! Kimmelman, Leslie. Ill. Sarah McMenemy. Knopf. 2008

No, I Want Daddy! Brun-Cosme, Nadine. Ill. Michael Backes. Clarion Books. 2004

Lizette’s Green Sock. Valcks, Catharina, Translated. Clarion Books. 2005

Artifacts: Cloth of Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, a green sock, Eiffel Tower.





Rangoli. Ananth, Anuradha. Ill. Shailja Jain. Frances Lincoln. 2007

One, Two, Three! Ravishankar, Anushka & Rao, Sirish. Ill. Durga Bai. 2004

What Should I Make? Nayar, Nandini. Ill Proiti Roy. 2009

To Market! To Marker! Ravishankar, Anushka. Ill. Emanuele Scanziani. 2007

My Dadima Wears a Sari. Sheth, Kashmira. Ill. Yoshiko Jaeggi. Peachtree. 2007

Monsoon. Krishnaswami, Uma. Ill. Jamel Akib. FSG. 2003

Monsoon Afternoon. Sheth, Kashmira. Ill. Yoshiko Jaeggi. Peachtree. 2008

A Child’s Day: In An Indian Village. Das, Prodeepta. Benchmark. 2001

My Mother’s Sari. Rao, Sandhya. Ill. Nina Sabnani. North-South Books. 2006

Artifacts: Sidewalk chalk and fabric for sari





J is for Jamaica. Zephaniah, Benjamin. Photography by Prodeepta Das. Set in Jamaica. 2006

Kamal Goes to Trinidad. Frederick, Malcolm. Photography by Prodeepta Das. Set in Trinidad. 2008

The Squeaky Door. MacDonald, Margaret Read. Ill Mary Newelll DePalma. Set in Puerto Rico. 2006

La Isla. Dorros, Arthur. Ill. Elisa Kleven. Set in Puerto Rico. 1995

Running the Road to ABC. Lauture, Denizé. Ill Raynold Ruffins. Set in Haiti. 2000

Caribbean Dream. Isadora, Rachel. Set in the Caribbean. 1998

Down by the River. Hallworth, Grace. Ill. Caroline Binch. Set in Trinidad. 1996

Hope for Haiti. Watson, Jesse Joshua. Set in Haiti. 2010.

Artifacts: Stuffed “Coquí” and seashells





A New Year’s Reunion. Li-Qiong, Yu. Ill. Zhu Cheng-Liang. 2007

Good Morning China. Yi, Hu Yong. 2007

Kindergarten Day China and USA. Marx, Trish & Senisi, Ellen. 2010

Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes. Wu, Faye-Lyn. Ill. Kieren Dutcher. 2010

Maggie’s Chopsticks. Woo, Alan. Ill. Isabelle Malenfant. 2012

Panda Kindergarten. Ryder, Joanne & Feng, Katherine. 2009

C is for China. So, Sungwan. 2006

The Pet Dragon. Niemann, Christoph. 2008

Artifacts: Stuffed panda bear, chopsticks, index cards & black markers, plastic toy dragon





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