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BYL Diversity Package

Diversity Collection

Whether we speak of diversity or inclusion, our goal is the same — to offer stories that expand the world of children through characters who are similar to and different from the reader.

Our stories reflect differences in skin color, gender roles, life styles, customs, ethnic, family, and tribal practices. 

In addition, we have included some fables and legends in the packages as insight to a range of cultures.

Diversity: Early and Fluent-A Package (23 Books)

Item#: 2444
Dogs at School
Author: Suzanne Hardin
Illustrated by Joanne Friar

Description:
Max and Toby find lots of things to do at school.

(Fiction)

F/P Level:                F
Grade Level:            1      1 
Reading Stage:      Early
RR / DLL Level:      10        6
INT Level:                    
Page Count:            12       12
Word Count:            94      102

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Item#: 2483
Nothing in the Mailbox
Author: Carolyn Ford
Illustrated by Sally Schaedler

Description:
A boy’s letter writing has happy consequences.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                F
Grade Level:            1      1 
Reading Stage:       Early
RR / DLL Level:       9         8
INT Level:                
Page Count:            12      12
Word Count:            73      70

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Item#: 2470
Mai-Li’s Surprise
Author: Marjorie Jackson
Illustrated by Cheryl Kirk Noll

Description:
A sister helps her older brother make a beautiful kite.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                F
Grade Level:            1      1 
Reading Stage:       Early
RR / DLL Level:       7        5
INT Level:                  
Page Count:            16      16
Word Count:            64      59

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Item#: 2187
Powwow
Author: Rhonda Cox
Photographer: Rhonda Cox

Description:
Children express their joy by dancing at a powwow.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                F
Grade Level:            1      
Reading Stage:       Emergent
RR / DLL Level:                  
INT Level:                8  
Page Count:           12      
Word Count:           29      

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Item#: 2530
Under My Sombrero

Author: Anne E. Schraff
Illustrated by Deborah Zemke

Description:
Too many friends want to share a little girl’s hat.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                F
Grade Level:            1      1 
Reading Stage:       Early
RR / DLL Level:        
INT Level:                9
Page Count:           12      12
Word Count:           79      73

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Item#: 2491
Paco’s Garden
Author: Lois Podoshen
Illustrated by Buket

Description:
Paco and his grandmother plant a small salad garden.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                G
Grade Level:            1         1 
Reading Stage:       Early
RR / DLL Level:       12       12
INT Level:               
Page Count:            12       12
Word Count:            120     111

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Item#: 2734
Digging to China
Author: Katherine Goldsby
Illustrated by Viki Woodworth

Description:
A literal interpretation of the expression “digging to china.”

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:               H
Grade Level:           1-2      
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:      14
INT Level:               
Page Count:            12     
Word Count:           108   

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Item#: 2456
Jake’s First Word
Author: Jane Luongo
Illustrated by Patrick Kelley

Description:
Big sister assists in getting her little brother to talk.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:               H
Grade Level:           1-2      
Reading Stage:      Early
RR / DLL Level:      14
INT Level:               
Page Count:           16     
Word Count:           204   

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Item#: 2496
A Small Sailboat
Author: Shawny Bennett
Illustrated by Laura Freeman-Hines

Description:
A small sailboat is caught in a wild, wet, windy storm.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                 I
Grade Level:            1-2      
Reading Stage:       Early
RR / DLL Level:       
INT Level:                16
Page Count:            16     
Word Count:            135

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Item#: 2431
Bunny Magic
Author: Suzanne Hardin
Illustrated by Linda Finch

Description:
A classroom pet plays a trick. 

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                I
Grade Level:           1-2      1-2
Reading Stage:      Early
RR / DLL Level:      14        16
INT Level:               
Page Count:           12         12
Word Count:           176      178

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Item#: 2742
Goha and His Donkey
Author: Amany F. Hassanein
Illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

Description:
Goha learns that you cannot please everyone.

(Traditional Literature)

F/P Level:                 I
Grade Level:            1-2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       13
INT Level:                
Page Count:            16     
Word Count:            114 

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Item#: 2745
Hoketichee and the Manatee
Author: Kathleen Hardcastle Moeller
Illustrated by Patrick Soper

Description:
A story of trust between a curious child and gentle sea creature.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                I
Grade Level:           1-2      1-2
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:                    10
INT Level:               15
Page Count:           16         16
Word Count:           114      121

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Item#: 2772
My Mom’s Apron
Author: Claudia Moore O’Brien
Illustrated by Joanne Friar

Description:
A child and her mother enjoy helping each other.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                 I
Grade Level:            1-2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       13
INT Level:                
Page Count:            12     
Word Count:            216

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Item#: 2489
Our Polliwogs
Author: Claire Livesey
Illustrated by Viki Woodworth

Description:
Children observe tiny tadpoles change into leaping frogs.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                I
Grade Level:           1-2      1-2
Reading Stage:      Early
RR / DLL Level:       14             
INT Level:               
Page Count:            12      12
Word Count:            91      101

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Item#: 2760
Perlitas
Author: Judith A. Chamberlain
Illustrated by Erin McGonigle Brammer

Description:
Pretty pearls and beads help neighbors overcome the language barrier.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                 I
Grade Level:            1-2      1-2
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:                 10       
INT Level:                18
Page Count:            12      12
Word Count:            98      101

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Item#: 2770
Shintaro’s Umbrellas
Author: Marjorie Jackson
Illustrated by Linda Finch

Description:
Shintaro helps his grandfather create umbrellas for many uses.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                I
Grade Level:           1-2      1-2
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:      16      8   
INT Level:                
Page Count:            16      16
Word Count:            95      116

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Item#: 2786
Tricky Rabbit
Author: M. Hamilton and M. Weiss
Illustrated by Pat Paris

Description:
A banana-loving rabbit devises a clever plan to fill his tummy with his favorite fruit.

(Traditional Literature)

F/P Level:                 I
Grade Level:            1-2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       18
INT Level:                
Page Count:            12     
Word Count:            198

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Item#: 2730
The Children of Sierra Leone

Author: Arama Christiana
Illustrated by Stephen Taylor

Description:
Children share the joy of childhood and their love for their country.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                J
Grade Level:            2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       18
INT Level:                
Page Count:            16     
Word Count:            142

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Item#: 2465
The Little Frogs of Puerto Rico
Author: Sheila Wegryn
Illustrated by Richard Martin

Description:
A boy and his grandmother remember the little frogs that sing back home in their native land.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                J
Grade Level:            1-2      1-2
Reading Stage:       Early 
RR / DLL Level:                    12   
INT Level:                16
Page Count:            12        12
Word Count:            140      134

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Item#: 2763
New Beginnings

Author: Tracy Monaghan
Illustrated by Deborah White

Description:
A lonely girl and her father help each other through loss and sadness.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                J
Grade Level:            2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       
INT Level:                17
Page Count:            12     
Word Count:            277

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Item#: 2757
Pat and Pea Soup

Author: Billy Mark Stegall
Illustrated by Matthew Archambault

Description:
A little girl lends a helping hand to her dad at a soup kitchen for the homeless.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                J
Grade Level:            2          2
Reading Stage:      Fluent 
RR / DLL Level:       16        17   
INT Level:                 
Page Count:            12        12
Word Count:            187      190

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Item#: 2534
Walking Home Alone

Author: Ginger Baker
Illustrated by Pamela R. Levy

Description:
A little boy is anxious about walking home alone from school.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                J
Grade Level:            2      
Reading Stage:       Early
RR / DLL Level:       16
INT Level:                
Page Count:            16     
Word Count:            327

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Item#: 2793
Why Animals Never Got Fire

Author: M. Hamilton and M. Weiss
Illustrated by Bruce MacDonald

Description:
Dog never completes his mission.

(Traditional Literature)

F/P Level:                J
Grade Level:            2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       19
INT Level:                
Page Count:            12     
Word Count:            237

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Diversity: Fluent-B Package (22 Books)

Item#: 2424
Bacon Saturday Mornings

Author: Cassia McClain
Illustrated by Deborah White

Description:
It’s more than just bacon that makes the kitchen such a special place on Saturday mornings.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                K
Grade Level:            2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       20
INT Level:                
Page Count:            16     
Word Count:            363

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Item#: 2446
The Dollar

Author: Nathan Zimelman
Illustrated by Deborah Zemke

Description:
Archie’s lucky find makes everyone smile.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                K
Grade Level:            2          2
Reading Stage:       Early 
RR / DLL Level:                    7   
INT Level:                18
Page Count:            16        16
Word Count:            167      165

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Item#: 2735
Dragon Feet

Author: Marjorie Jackson
Illustrated by Mark Mitchell

Description:
Two children celebrate the Chinese New Year.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                K
Grade Level:            2         2
Reading Stage:       Fluent 
RR / DLL Level:                   8   
INT Level:                15
Page Count:            16       16
Word Count:            153     170

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Item#: 2746
Hoops and Me

Author: Dr. L. David Furr
Illustrated by Tom Simonton

Description:
A young boy meets a basketball legend.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                K
Grade Level:            2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       20
INT Level:                
Page Count:            16     
Word Count:            929

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Item#: 2779
My Name is Erica Montoya de la Cruz

Author: David Zirin
Illustrated by Deborah White

Description:
A young girl brightens the life of her lonely, hard-working mother.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                K
Grade Level:            2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       
INT Level:                19
Page Count:            16     
Word Count:            804

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Item#: 2780
Walking by the Rio

Author: Adrian Warren
Illustrated by Craig Brown

Description:
A boy and his dog discover the wonders of nature as they walk by the river.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                K
Grade Level:            2        2
Reading Stage:      Fluent 
RR / DLL Level:                  20   
INT Level:                18
Page Count:            16       16
Word Count:            118     141

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Item#: 2776
And Then There Were Birds

Author: Casey Lynn Allen
Illustrated by Gregory G. Newson

Description:
A retelling of a Native American tale about the creation of birds.

(Traditional Literature)

F/P Level:                L
Grade Level:            2-3      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:        
INT Level:                19
Page Count:            12   
Word Count:            175

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Item#: 2731
Dad Still Smiles

Author: Lisa Brochu
Illustrated by Ned Butterfield

Description:
Though things may change on the outside, the love that a child and her father have for each other will never change.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                L
Grade Level:            2-3       2-3
Reading Stage:      Fluent 
RR / DLL Level:       17        20
INT Level:                 
Page Count:            12        12
Word Count:            212      206

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Item#: 2752
Jump the Broom

Author: Candy Grant Helmso
Illustrated by Joanne Friar

Description:
A young boy learns about a special African-American tradition.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                L
Grade Level:            2-3       2-3
Reading Stage:       Fluent 
RR / DLL Level:                    6   
INT Level:                15
Page Count:            16        16
Word Count:            122     140

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Item#: 2762
Raven’s Gift

Author: Janice Kuharski
Illustrated by Jo-Ann E. Kitchel

Description:
Clever Raven tricks the Chief of the Sky into sharing the light with all the creatures of the earth.

(Traditional Literature)

F/P Level:                L
Grade Level:            2-3     2-3
Reading Stage:      Fluent 
RR / DLL Level:       17       18 
INT Level:                
Page Count:            16      16
Word Count:            160    173

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Item#: 2795
Zemti

Author: Sherry Bowen
Illustrated by Pat Paris

Description:
Spilled purple  grapes + hot Egyptian sun = raisins.

(Traditional Literature)

F/P Level:                L
Grade Level:            2-3      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:        
INT Level:                20
Page Count:            16   
Word Count:            590

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Item#: 2721
Alexander and the Stallion

Author: Elizabeth Westra
Illustrated by Kenneth Robert Ampel

Description:
A perceptive young boy tames a spirited stallion.

(Historical Fiction)

F/P Level:                M
Grade Level:            2-3      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:        
INT Level:                23
Page Count:            16   
Word Count:            434

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Item#: 2727
Cakewalk

Author: Candy Grant Helmso
Illustrated by Stephen Taylor

Description:
A little girl shares the fun of an old African-American custom with her classmates.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                 M
Grade Level:            2-3       2-3
Reading Stage:       Fluent 
RR / DLL Level:                    18 
INT Level:                20       
Page Count:            16         16
Word Count:            252       271

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Item#: 2733
Dream Catcher
Author: E. Barrie Kavasch
Illustrated by Gay W. Holland

Description:
Loving relatives weave a dream catcher to hang above the bed of a little girl.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               M
Grade Level:           2-3   
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:      16         
INT Level:                
Page Count:           16        
Word Count:           159

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Item#: 2744
Freedom Quilt

Author: Candy Grant Helmso
Illustrated by Joanne Friar

Description:
A family of women work together to help friends find a path to freedom.

(Historical Fiction)

F/P Level:                M
Grade Level:            2-3      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:        
INT Level:                22
Page Count:            16    
Word Count:           300

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Item#: 2761
Pigeon Feathers

Author: Sherry H. Bowen
Illustrated by Kathleen Kuchera

Description:
This Native American legend tells why the pigeon’s feathers are gray, and how she learned that being yourself is the most beautiful way to be.

(Traditional Literature)

F/P Level:                M
Grade Level:            2-3      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:        
INT Level:                20
Page Count:            16   
Word Count:            473

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Item#: 2784
The Stone Hat

Author: Douglas Hood
Illustrated by Tom Simonton

Description:
A story of how the ancient, underground army of the first emperor of China was found.

(Realistic Fiction)

F/P Level:                M
Grade Level:            2-3      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       20
INT Level:                  
Page Count:            16    
Word Count:            849

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Item#: 733

$14.95
George Ancona: Self Portrait

Author of Cuban Kids; Helping Out; My Camera; Ricardo’s Day, Sheep Dog and more.

Genre: Nonfiction
Hispanic culture

Description:
Students will learn what is involved in developing a story, editing and revising, and how the authors became writers.

F/P Level:                O
Grade Level:            2-5                 
Page Count:            32    

Meet the Author books are:

  • Excellent resources to engage your students in the writing process
  • Perfect for author studies
  • Authentic models of good writing
  • Inspiring to young writers
  • Hardcover

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Item#: 724

$14.95
Joseph Bruchac: Seeing the Circle

Author of Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back and IRA Teachers’ Choice Many Nations: An Alphabet of Native America and more.

Genre: Poetry
Native American culture

Description:
Students will learn what is involved in developing a story, editing and revising, and how the authors became writers.

F/P Level:                O
Grade Level:            2-5                 
Page Count:            32    

Meet the Author books are:

  • Excellent resources to engage your students in the writing process
  • Perfect for author studies
  • Authentic models of good writing
  • Inspiring to young writers
  • Hardcover

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Item #736 (PB)
Single – $14.95
6-Pack – $38.40

Patricia Polacco: Still Firetalking

Author of The Keeping Quilt; The Blessing Cup; Fiona’s Lace; Bully; Rechenka’s Eggs; Thank you, Mr. Falker; Mrs. Katz and Tush and more.

Genre: Children’s Stories
Russian Culture

Description:
Students will learn what is involved in developing a story, editing and revising, and how the authors became writers.

F/P Level:                O
Grade Level:            2-5                 
Page Count:            32    

Meet the Author books are:

  • Excellent resources to engage your students in the writing process
  • Perfect for author studies
  • Authentic models of good writing
  • Inspiring to young writers
  • Hardcover

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Item #A735PB, 735PB
Single – $8.00
6-Pack – $38.40

Janet Wong: Before It Wriggles Away

Author of more than twenty books for children and young adults, including Before It Wriggles Away and more.

Genre: Poetry
Chinese culture

Description:
Students will learn what is involved in developing a story, editing and revising, and how the authors became writers.

F/P Level:                O
Grade Level:            2-5                 
Page Count:            32    

Meet the Author books are:

  • Excellent resources to engage your students in the writing process
  • Perfect for author studies
  • Authentic models of good writing
  • Inspiring to young writers
  • Hardcover

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Item#: 602

$8.00
Nikki Grimes: Out of the Dark

Author is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book award What is Goodbye?, Jazmin’s Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books). And creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown and more.

Genre: Poetry
African American culture

Description:
Each book offers students valuable, inside information about writing and the writing process, the challenges and the rewards of writing from the perspective of the authors and their work, with rare colorful pictorial and illustrative glimpses into the private life of each author.

F/P Level:                W
Grade Level:            4-7                 
Page Count:            64    

Author at Work—UNIQUE and INSPIRING

Author Memoirs for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students in Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Grades

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