While the following texts represent several rings of culture authentically, they illuminate the themes, issues, situations and identities related to authentic ethnic culture particularly well.
I Love Saturday y domingos by Alma Flor Ada
Saturdays and Sundays are very special days for the child in this story. On Saturdays, she visits Grandma and Grandpa, who come from a European-American background, and on Sundays -- los domingos -- she visits Abuelito y Abuelita, who are Mexican-American. While the two sets of grandparents are different in many ways, they also have a great deal in common -- in particular, their love for their granddaughter.
While we follow our narrator to the circus and the pier, share stories from her grandparents' pasts, and celebrate her birthday, the depth and joy of both cultures are conveyed in Spanish and English. This affirmation of both heritages will speak to all children who want to know more about their own families and ethnic backgrounds
Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith
What do Indian shoes look like, anyway? Like beautiful beaded moccasins...or hightops with bright orange shoelaces?
Ray Halfmoon prefers hightops, but he gladly trades them for a nice pair of moccasins for his Grampa. After all, it's Grampa Halfmoon who's always there to help Ray get in and out of scrapes -- like the time they are forced to get creative after a homemade haircut makes Ray's head look like a lawn-mowing accident.
This collection of interrelated stories is heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny. Cynthia Leitich Smith writes with wit and candor about what it's like to grow up as a Seminole-Cherokee boy who is just as happy pounding the pavement in windy Chicago as rowing on a lake in rural Oklahoma. Amazon
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond
by Brenda Woods
Violet Diamond, or ‘V’ as her family calls her has a pretty good life in Moon Lake, Washington. She’s got a mom who loves her a lot, loving attentive grandparents, a beautiful, fun big sister Daisy(even if she is spending more and more time with her boyfriend) and 2 great besties Taz and Athena. Yes, Violet’s got it pretty good, but she can’t help wishing, one, to know the dad she never met, and two, that some people wouldn’t be so stupid with their stares and questions, when she is with her family. You see, Violet’s mom, sister, Gam and Poppy are white with long, straight hair, and Violet is brown with corkscrew ringlets. She is a biracial girl, living in an all white Washington suburb feeling odd and incomplete.
As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
Genie, who spends a lot of time on Google, and his “too cool” big brother Ernie, are Brooklyn kids. When their parents drop them off at their grandparents rural Virginia home, so that they can go and work on their marriage in Jamaica, the brothers don’t know what to expect. They had no idea they would be picking peas, scooping poop, or living without a computer in the hot Virginia sun. Genie finds plenty of questions to write in his notebook and Ernie finds a cute girl to try and impress.