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The Second Chance of Benjamin Waterfalls
The Second Chance of Benjamin Waterfalls
by James Bird

After being caught stealing one too many times, Benjamin Waterfalls is sent to a "boot camp" at the Ojibwe reservation where he searches for answers as he tries to turn his life around and embrace this second chance.

Berry Song
Berry Song
by Michaela Goade

As a young Tlingit girl collects wild berries over the seasons, she sings with her Grandmother as she learns to speak to the land and listen when the land speaks back.

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Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi!
Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi!
by Art Coulson ; illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight

Bo wants to find the perfect container to show off his traditional marbles for the Cherokee National Holiday in this exploration of volume and capacity.

Still this Love Goes On
Still this Love Goes On
by Buffy Sainte-Marie; illustrated by Julie Flett

Based on Sainte-Marie’s song of the same name, Still This Love Goes On combines Flett’s breathtaking art with vivid lyrics to craft a stunning portrait of a Cree worldview. At the heart of this picture book is a gentle message about missing our loved ones

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Forever Cousins
Forever Cousins
by Laurel Goodluck; illustrated by Jonathan Nelson

Amanda and Kara are cousins and best friends in an intertribal Native American family; but Kara's family leaves the city and moves back to the Rez, making both girls sad--but the summer reunion reminds them that they will always be cousins.

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Let's be Friends = Seamon Amigos
Let's be Friends = Seamon Amigos
by René Colato Laínez; illustrated by Nomar Perez

Two boys, an English speaker and a Spanish speaker, paint together and learn about colors at school.

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May your Life be Deliciosa
May your Life be Deliciosa
by Michael Genhart; Loris Lora

Each year on Christmas Eve, Rosie's abuela teaches her not only how to make a delicious tamale, but how to make a delicious life--one filled with love, plenty of spice, and family.

Tía Fortuna's New Home
Tía Fortuna's New Home
by Ruth Behar; illustrated by Devon Holzwarth

Estrella learns about her Cuban and Jewish heritage as she helps her aunt move from her Miami apartment to an assisted living community.

Sofía Acosta Makes a Scene
Sofía Acosta Makes a Scene
by Emma Otheguy

Sofía Acosta, a fifth grader trying to fit into her ballet-obsessed Cuban American family and her affluent suburban New York community, learns to speak up for herself and others when she mistakenly reveals a visiting dancer's plan to defect to the United

Falling Short
Falling Short
by Ernesto Cisneros

Two best friends, one athletically gifted and one academically gifted, have more in common than they realize when their goals intersect, forcing them to find a way to support each other so they don’t fall short.