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The world is a diverse place. No two people, communities, cultures or mindsets are identical. As librarians, it’s critical to offer a collection that is as diverse as your readers. We've compiled select in-stock titles featured in our recent "Demand Diversity" webcast to help you find quality books to diversify your library's collection!

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      A Very Large Expanse of Sea

      by Tahereh Mafi

      Feb 2019

      Young Adults

      2002: Shirin figures everyone at her new school will dislike her for her race, religion, and hijab. Then she meets Ocean James, who actually seems to want to get to know her—and she discovers breakdancing.

      Two Roads

      by Joseph Bruchac

      Feb 2019

      Advanced Readers

      After Ok Lee’s father dies, his mother struggles to pay the bills, so Ok teams up with classmate Mickey to win the school talent contest and take home the cash prize.

      I'm Ok

      by Patti Kim

      Feb 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Ok Lee knows it’s his responsibility to help pay the bills. With his father gone and his mother working three jobs and still barely making ends meet, there’s really no other choice. If only he could win the cash prize at the school talent contest! But he can’t sing or dance, and has no magic up his sleeves, so he tries the next best thing: a hair braiding business.
      It’s too bad the girls at school can’t pay him much, and he’s being befriended against his will by Mickey McDonald, the unusual girl with a larger-than-life personality. Who needs friends? They’d only distract from his mission, and Ok believes life is better on his own. Then there’s Asa Banks, the most popular boy in their grade, who’s got it out for Ok.
      But when the pushy deacon at their Korean church starts wooing Ok’s mom, it’s the last straw. Ok has to come up with an exit strategy—fast.

      Carmela Full of Wishes

      by Matt de la Peña

      Feb 2019

      Primary

      When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true—she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make…
      With lyrical, stirring text and stunning, evocative artwork, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson have crafted a moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.
      Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paint and collage and then digitally manipulated.

      Taking Cover: One Girl’s Story of Growing Up During the Iranian Revolution

      by Nioucha Homayoonfar

      Jan 2019

      Biography Middle Plus

      In 1979, eight-year-old Nioucha Homayoonfar moved from the United States to Tehran with her family and had to adjust to a new life and culture—during the turbulent Iranian Revolution. Author’s note. Foreword by Firoozeh Dumas. Afterword. Map. Time line.

      First Laugh: Welcome Baby!

      by Rose Tahe

      Jan 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      In Navajo families, the first person to make a new baby laugh hosts the child's First Laugh Ceremony. Who will earn the honor in this story?

      Authors’ notes. Illustrator’s note. Notes on the setting, the First Laugh Navajo tradition, and birth ceremonies around the world. Selected sources. Full-color illustrations drawn with pencils and finished with ballpoint pen and Photoshop.

      Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle

      by Hilda Eunice Burgos

      Jan 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Ana María lives in a tiny Washington Heights apartment with her parents and three sisters—and Mami is expecting another baby! Ana María just wants to practice piano and get into private school, but her family keeps getting in her way.

      The Season of Styx Malone

      by Kekla Magoon

      Jan 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene are excited to have adventures in the woods behind their house. But Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town.
      Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. Styx promises the brothers that together, the three of them can pull off the Great Escalator Trade--exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. Styx has secrets--secrets so big they could ruin everything.

      Proud: Living My American Dream (Young Readers Edition)

      by Ibtihaj Muhammad

      Dec 2018

      Sports Middle Plus

      At the 2016 Olympic Games, Ibtihaj Muhammad broke barriers as the first American to compete wearing hijab and made history as the first Muslim American woman to win a medal. She describes the hard work, emotional fortitude, and faith she needed to become an Olympic fencer.Glossary of fencing terms. "Ibtihaj’s Advice." Q&A with the author. Full-color photo insert.

      Star-Touched Stories

      by Roshani Chokshi

      Dec 2018

      Paperbacks High

      From New York Times bestselling author, Roshani Chokshi, comes Star-Touched Stories: a fantasy collection of three lush and adventurous stories set in the Star-Touched world.
      Death and Night
      He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.
      Poison and Gold
      Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Queen Gauri and King Vikram's new reign presents itself, she is thrown into the path of the fearsome yet enchanting Spy Mistress. To help her friends, Aasha will have to battle her insecurities and perhaps, along the way, find love.
      Rose and Sword
      There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?

      No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas

      by Tonya Bolden

      Dec 2018

      Biography Elementary Plus

      Biographical time line. Glossary. Notes. Selected sources. Full-color mixed media illustrations.

      Darius the Great Is Not Okay

      by Adib Khorram

      Nov 2018

      Young Adults

      Afterword with resources. Darius, who’s half Persian, has never fit in at home in Oregon. He’s sure things will be the same in Iran; but then he meets Sohrab and everything changes.
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