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Native American languages
The Stone Cutter and the Navajo Maiden by
Call Number: CL Pic Bro96s 2008
When the metate, or grinding stone, that Cinnibah uses to grind corn into flour breaks, she sets out on a quest to mend the precious family heirloom.
Below is a selected list of bilingual children's books, primarily Navajo-English as well as Eskimo-English. For more Navajo-English titles, search the library catalog for Navajo language materials -- Bilingual -- Juvenile fiction.
A Summer's Trade/Shiigo Na'iini' by
Call Number: CL Pic Tro88s 2007
Tony's saving all his money to buy something very special: a beautiful, dark leather saddle with nuggets of turquoise laced into the rawhide. If Tony can save enough money to purchase the saddle, he'll be able to stay home and help his father tend the flocks of sheep and goats. Just when Tony has almost enough money, everything begins going wrong.
Johonaa'ei: Bringer of Dawn by
Call Number: CL Pic Tsi55j 2007
As Johonaa'ei, the sun, slowly rises, his gentle light and warmth wake the inhabitants of the desert. Johonaa'ei reaches down into the home of the field mice, and lightly tickles the nose of mother mouse; then Johonaa'ei visits the burrow of mother and father rabbit to rouse the family of slumbering bunnies. Finally, Johonaa'ei knocks on the door of the hogan to wake the Navajo family within. Will there be a welcoming response?
The Three Little Sheep/Dibe Yazhi Taa'go Baa Hane' by
Call Number: CL 398.2 Yaz95d 2006
When three little sheep set out to begin life on their own, they never dream that they will be followed by a hungry coyote. Fainthearted and just a little bit nervous, each brother heads in a different direction: one travels to the east and builds a grass hut, another travels to the north and builds a tee-pee, and the final brother travels to the south and builds a hogan.
Arctic Memories by
Call Number: CL 998 Eko5a 1990
"The artist gives readers of any age glimpses into the Inuit culture which formed his childhood & youth.... The result is a work of integrity, an authentic representation of a culture that now mostly exists in memory." -School Library Journal
Below is a selected list of bilingual Spanish-English children's books. For more, search the library catalog for Spanish language materials -- Bilingual -- Juvenile fiction.
How the Gods Created the Finger People by
Call Number: CL 398.2 Moo74h 2011
When artist Luz-Maria Lopez was growing up in Honduras, her grandmother would tell fantastical bedtime fables about their Mayan ancestors. This story focuses on the creation of the first humans and why it should be that no rich man will enter the gates of heaven unless he treats all who serve him-the finger people-with love and kindness. This fable for young readers is accompanied by colorful Mayan-style illustrations.
How We Came to the Fifth World by
Call Number: CL 398.2 Roh5h 1988
An Aztec myth recounting the creation and destruction of the world by the deities of the four great elements.
Gathering the Sun by
Call Number: CL 861 Ada0g 1997
A book of poems about working in the fields and nature's bounty, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet.
Laughing Out Loud, I Fly by
Call Number: CL 811.54 Her74l 1998
From one of the most prominent Chicano poets writing today, here are poems like sweet music-to make the body shake and move to the rhythm of rhyme, to the pulse of words. Juan Felipe Herrera writes in both Spanish and English about the joy and laughter and sometimes the confusion of growing up in an upside-down, jumbled-up world-between two cultures, two homes.
A Movie in My Pillow / Una Pelicula en Mi Almohada by
Call Number: CL 468.6 Arg84m 2001
This collection of poems for children are written from the point of view of Jorgito, who lives in San Francisco's Mission District, but who has not forgotten his native El Salvador. His memories of the volcanoes, his grandmother's stories, and the cornmeal "pupusas" form a patchwork of dreams that becomes a movie in his pillow. Full-color illustrations.
My Colors, My World by
Call Number: CL Pic Gon93m 2007
Maya, who lives in the dusty desert, opens her eyes wide to find the colors in her world, from Papi's black hair and Mami's orange and purple flowers to Maya's red swing set and the fiery pink sunset.
My Numbers/ Mis Numeros by
Call Number: CL 463 Emb47m 2000
Rebecca Emberly has fashioned an appealing, bilingual book about numbers. This brightly colored English/Spanish board book features the cut-paper technique for which she has been applauded. Full-color illustrations.
Note: UD owns 9 bilingual picture books by Rebecca Emberley.
The Patchwork Garden by
Call Number: CL 413 Dea53p 2013
Inspired by a patchwork quilt, Toña and her grandmother use vacant patches of land in their neighborhood to grow vegetables, then form The Patchwork Garden Club to encourage other children to follow their example.
The Three Little Pigs/Los Tres Cerditos by
Call Number: CL 398.2 Esc37t 2006
Retold in both Spanish and English, the universally loved story will delight early readers and older learners alike. The striking illustrations give a new look to this classic tale and the bilingual text makes it perfect for both home and classroom libraries.
The Cat in the Hat in English and French by
Call Number: CL 413 Seu87c 2009
Cat lovers and francophiles rejoice-The Cat in the Hat in English and French is back in print! Perfect for teaching beginning readers simple, conversational French or English, the story is here on each page in the language the reader already knows, to guide him or her in the language they are learning. The repetition makes it ideal for learning new words, and the hilarious plot makes it easy to read again and again. Learning a new language has never been so much fun!
A Place Where Sunflowers Grow (Japanese & English) by
Call Number: CL Pic Lee80p 2006
While she and her family are interned at Topaz Relocation Center during Worldar II, Mari gradually adjusts as she enrolls in an art class, makes a friend,lants sunflowers and waits for them to grow.
China's Bravest Girl by
Call Number: CL 398.2 Chi50c 1993
Chinese translation by Wang Xing Chu. A classic retelling of the Chinese maiden warrior legend. Bilingual in English and Chinese.