Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fabulous Global Books for Fifth Grade

Mirror & Window Books
Addasi, Maha. 2010. Time to Pray. Arabic translation by Nuhu Albitar. Illustrated by Ned Gannon. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press. (Bilingual text: English & Arabic).
Anzaldúa, Gloria. 1997. Friends From the Other side/Amigos del otro lado. Illustrated by Consuelo Méndez. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
Coy, John. 2003. Strong to the Hoop. Illustrated by Leslie Jean-Bart. NY: Lee & Low.
Draper, Sharon. 2010. Out of My Mind. NY: Atheneum.
Grimes. Nikki. 2006. The Road to Paris. NY: Putnam.
Krishnaswami, Uma. 2011. The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. Illustrated by Abigail Halpin. NY: Atheneum ( Kindle version).
Perez, Amada Irma. 2002. My Diary from Here to There/Mi Diaro De Aqui Hasta Alla. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
Rumford, James. 2008. Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad. NY: Roaring Press Books.

Text to Text

I. Japanese Interment
Chin, Steven A. 1992. When Justice Failed: The Fred Korematsu Story. Illustrated by David Tamura. NY: Steck Baghn.
Cooper, Michael L. 2002. Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp. NY: Clarion.
Layson, Annelex Hofstra. 2008. Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp During World War II. Illustrated by Herman J. Viola. Washington D.C. National Geographic.
Lee-Tai, Amy. 2006. A Place Where Sunflowers Grow. Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino. San Francisco: Children’s Book Press.
Lieurance, Suzanne. 2009. The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese-American Internment Camp. Enslow Publishers.
Means, Florence.1993. The Moved Outers. NY: Walker Books.
Mochizuki, Ken. 1993. Baseball Saved Us. Illustrated by Dom Lee.! NY: Lee & Low.
Noguchi, Rick & Deneen Jenks. 2001. Flowers for Mariko. Illustrated by Michelle Reiko. New York: Lee & Low. 
Savin, Marcia. 1995. Moon Bridge. NY: Scholastic.
Shigekawa, Marlene. 1993. Blue Jay in the Desert. Illustrated by Isao Kikuchi. Chicago, IL: Polychrome Publishing Corporation.
Stanley. Jerry. 1996. I Am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment. NY: Crown Books for Young Readers.
Tunnell, Michael and George W. Chilcoat. 1996. The Children of Topaz: The Story of Japanese-American Internment Camp. NY: Holiday House.
Uchida, Yoshiko. 1996. The Bracelet. Illustrated by Joanna Yardley. New York: Putnam.
--------------------. 1995. The Invisible Thread: An Autobiography. Surrey, UK: Beech Tree.

2. Thanksgiving
Bruchac, Margaret M. (Abenaki), and Catherine Grace O’Neill. 2001. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society.
Hunter, Sally M. (Ojibwe). 1995. Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications.
Peters, Russell M. (Wampanoag). 1992. Clam-bake: A Wampanoag Tradition. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications.
Swamp, Jake (Mohawk). 1995. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message. New York: Lee & Low.

3. Civil Rights
Bausum, Ann. 2005. Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
Greenberg, David. 2008. A Tugging String: A Novel About Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era. NY: Dutton.
Haskins, Jim & Benson, Kathleen. 2006. John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement. Illustrated by Benny Andrews. NY: Lee & Low.

McWhorter, Diane. 2004. A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968. NY: Scholastic. 
, Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children an Don't You Grow Weary.
Rappaport, Doreen. 2006. Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
We Troubled the Waters.
Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2009. Birmingham, 1963. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong.
--------------------------------. 2004. Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins. Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue. NY: Dial.

Text to World

from My Shoes & I
Anderson, M.T. 2005. Me, All Alone, at the End of the World. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Cambridge MA: Candlewick.
Bermann, Flemming. 2010. Global Warming for Young Minds: A Global Warming and Sustainability Guide For Children. Durham, CT: Eloquent Books.
Cherry, Lynne, Gary Braasch and David Sobel. 2010. How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications.
Fleischman, Paul. 2004. Seedfolks. Illustrated by Judy Pedersen. NY: Harper Trophy.
Laínez, René Colato. 2010. My Shoes and I. Illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press.
Parker, David L., Lee Engfer and Robert Conrow. 1997.

Stolen Dreams: Portraits of Working Children. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications.
Ringgold, Faith. 2004. What Will You Do for Peace? Impact of 9/11 on New York City Youth. Hamden, CT: InterRelations Collaborative.
Say, Allen. 2005. Kamishibai Man. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Shea, Peggy Dietz, 2006. The Carpet Boy’s Gift. Illustrated by Leane Morin. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House, Publisher.
Sheth, Kashmira. 2010. Boys without Names. NY: Balzer & Bray.
Williams, Mary. 2005. Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.NY: Lee & Low.

Creating Visual Images
from The Sounds of Color
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. 1999. Jump Back Honey: The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Illustrated by Ashley Bryan, Carole Byard, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Brian Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney and Faith Ringgold. New York: Hyperion.
Garland, Sherry. 2000. Voices of the Alamo. Illustrated by Ronald Himler. New York: Scholastic Press.
Hayes, Joe. 2004. Ghost Fever / Mal de Fantasma. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
Ihimaera, Witi. 2003. The Whale Rider. San Di- ego, CA: Harcourt.
Liao, Fu-Bin. 2006. The Sounds of Color: A Journey of the Imagination. New York: Little Brown & Young.
Maher, Ramona. 2003. Alice Yazzie’s Year. Illustrated by Shonto Begay. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press.
Nye, Naomi Shihab, (Ed). 1998. The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East. NY: Simon & Schuster.
Soto, Gary. 2006. A Fire in My Hands: Revised and Expanded Edition. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.
Woodson, Jacqueline. 2005. Show Way. Illustrated by Hudson Talbott. NY: Putnam.

Asking Questions
Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the AtlanticBrown, Don. 2004. Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Burleigh, Robert. 2011. Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Croses the Atlantic. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. NY: Simon & Schuster.
Demi. 2006. Su Dongpo: Chinese Genius. NY: Lee & Low.
Grimes, Nikki. 2003. Talkin’ About Bessie. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. NY: Orchard.
Joseph, Lynn. 2001. The Color of My Words. New York: Harper Trophy, Reprint.
Medina, Tony.!2002. Love to Langston. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. NY: Lee & Low.
Nelson, Marilyn. 2001. Carver: A Life in Poems. Asheville, NC: Front Street.
Pappas, Theoni. 1991. Math Talk: Mathematical Ideas in Poems for Two Voices. New York: Wide World Publishing.

Babbitt, Natalie. 1975. Tuck Everlasting. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Catrow, David. 2005. We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution. New York: Puffin.
de la Pena, Matt, 2011. A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. NY: Dial.
Govenar, Alan. 2000. Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter. New York: Jump at the Sun.
Johnston, Tony. 2003. Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio. New York: Scholastic.
Joseph, Lynn. 2001. The Color of My Words. NY: Harper Trophy.
McKissack, Patricia. 2007. A Friendship for Today. NY: Scholastic.
Medina, Jane. 1995. My Name Is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River. Illustrated by Fabricio Vandenbroeck. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press.
Morpurgo, Michael. 2004. Kensuke's Kingdom. NY: Scholastic.
Morrison, Toni. 2004. Remember: The Journey to School Integration. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Schertle, Alice. 2007. We. Illustrated by Kenneth Addison. New York: Lee and Low.
Yep, Laurence. 1996. Hiroshima. New York: Scholastic.

Determining Importance

Christensen, Bonnie. 2011. Django. NY: Flash Point.
Jackson, Donna. 2004. In Your Face: The FACTS About Your Features. NY: Viking.
Jurmain, Suzanne. 2005. The Forbidden Schoolhouse: The True and Dramatic Story of Prudence Crandall and Her Students. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
Leacock, Elspeth and Buckley, Susan. 2001. Journeys in Time: A New Atlas of American History. Illustrations by Rodica Prato. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Morrison, Toni. 2003. Remember: The Journey to School Integration. San Diego, CA: Houghton.
Murphy, Jim. 2006. The Great Fire. NY: Scholastic.
Opini, Bathseba and Richard B. Lee. 2011. Africans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations. NY: Annick Press.
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. 2000. Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. Illustrated by Steven Alcorn. San Diego, CA: Gulliver Books.
Skurzynski, Gloria. 2000. On Time: From Seasons to Split Seconds. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.


Bley, Annette. 2007. And What Comes After a Thousand? La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller.
from And What Comes After a Thousand?
Landowne, Youme. 2004. Selavi, That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
Lawrence, Jacob. 1995. The Great Migration: An American Story. NY: Harper Trophy.
Mourlevat, Jean-Claude. 2006. The Pull of the Ocean. New York: Delacorte Books for Young Readers.
Nikola-Lisa, W. 2006. How We Are Smart. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. NY: Lee & Low.
Rockwell, Anne. 2002. Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. New York: Dragonfly.
Russell, Ching Yeung. 2009. Tofu Quilt. NY: Lee & Low.
Sis, Peter. 2003. The Tree of Life. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Thomas, Joyce Carol, Ed. 2003. Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone. The Brown V. Board of Education. Illustrations by Curtis James. New York: Jump at the Sun.


  1. This book selection is unbelievable. So varied. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  2. My son is 9 and loves cars. He's Black and Latino; I'm white. He loves stories, and he's great at jumping on the trampoline.

    I'm telling you all this because I want to ask you for a few book recommendations. I've just ordered about 7 books from your lists. But I'm not sure if any of them will be the perfect present for him.

  3. @Sue: So glad you stopped by and I hope your son enjoys the 7 books your purchased. I am givign you a few links to other sets of books he make enjoy as well.


    You also may want to check out/follow my 'Scoop It' dedicated to K-5 multicultural picture books. You can access it here: http://www.scoop.it/t/global-multicultural-picturebooks-k-5

    There's a picture book, Roy Makes a Car by Mary Lyons that you son might enjoy. It is based on a Zora Neale Hurston story.

    The best to you,
    Mary Ann


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