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Time Capsule in a Milkcan - September 24. 2003


  • David A. Adler, Child of the Warsaw Ghetto. New York: Holiday House, 1995.
    Illustrated fictional account of a family’s experience in the Warsaw Ghetto.
    Ages 9-12.
  • Christa Laird, Shadow of the Wall. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1990.
    Story of a young boy who lives in a ghetto must smuggle out his baby sister.
    Young adult.
  • Doris Orgel, The Devil in Vienna. New York: Puffin, 1988.
    Story of a friendship between a Jewish girl and a girl whose father is a Nazi.
    9th grade.
  • Uri Orlev, The Man from the Other Side. New York: Puffin, 1995.
    A boy smuggles supplies to Jews living in a Polish ghetto.
    Ages 9-12.
  • Jane Yolen, Briar Rose. New York: Starcape, 2002.
    A young girl explores her grandmother’s history as a concentration camp survivor.
    9th grade.


  • Mark Beyer, Emmanuel Ringelblum: Historian of the Warsaw Ghetto. New York: Rosen Publishing Group, 2001.
    Part of the Holocaust Biographies Series.
    Grade 5-8.
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale. New York: Pantheon, 1997.
    The true story of an Auschwitz survivor, told in comic strip form.
    11th grade.
  • R. Conrad Stein, Warsaw Ghetto. Chicago: Children’s Press, 1985.
    History of the Nazi persecution of Jewish people in the Warsaw Ghetto documented with numerous photographs.
    Ages 9-12.
  • Gail B. Stewart, Life in the Warsaw Ghetto. San Diego: Lucent Books, 1995.
    Photographs, diaries, letters, poems of those in the ghetto.
    Grades 6-12.
  • David Wisniewski, Golem. New York: Clarion Books, 1996.
    Legend of the Golem, who was created to help the Jewish people.
    6th grade.
  • Andrea Warren, Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps. New York: Harper Trophy, 2002.
    Non-fiction account of twelve-year-old Jack Mandelbaum’s witness to the Nazi take-over of Poland and his three years in a concentration camp.
    8th grade.

THE RHYTHMS OF FLAMENCO - October 14, 2003


  • Kevin Davis, Look What Came from Spain. New York: F. Watts, Inc., 2003.
    Pictorial encyclopedia.
    Grades 1-4.
  • Eileen Day, I’m Good at Dancing. Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2003.
    Describes what it’s like to perform various dances, including Flamenco.
    Grades 1-4.
  • Graham Faiella, Spain: A Primary Source Cultural Guide (Primary Sources of World Cultures). New York: Rosen Publishing Group, 2003.
    Ages 9-12.
  • Lerner Publishing Group, Spain . . . In Pictures (Visual Geography). Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 1995. Pictorial encyclopedia.
    Ages 9-12.
  • Noa Lior, Spain. The Culture. New York: Crabtree Publishing Co., 2002. (One of three volumes, Land, People, Culture.)
    Describes Spanish folk culture, including Flamenco dance.
    Ages 9-12.



  • Zhong Meichun, Finland. Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2001.
    Overview of Finnish geography, politics, and culture.
    4th grade and up.


  • William Durbin, The Journal of Otto Peltonen. New York: Scholastic, 2000.
    The story of a boy who migrates with this family from Finland to Minnesota.
    5th grade and up.

Folktales and Legend

  • Lone Thygesen Blecher, ed., Swedish Folktales and Legends. New York: Pantheon Books, 1995.
  • Chris Conover, The Wizard’s Daughter: A Viking Legend. Boston: Little, Brown, 1984.
    Retelling of a Danish folktale.
  • Tony De Gerez, Louhi, Witch of North Farm: A Story from Finnland’s Epic Poem, the Kalevala. New York: Viking Kestrel, 1986.
  • Virginia Haviland, Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Denmark. New York: Beech Tree Books, 1995.
  • Anita Lobel, King Rooster, Queen Hen. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1975.
    Danish folktale for beginning readers.
  • Margaret Read MacDonald, Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale. Little Rock, Ark.: August House, 2001.
  • Ann McGovern and Nola Langner, Half a Kingdom: An Icelandic Folktale. New York: Viking Press, 1997.
  • Aaron Shepard, The Princess Mouse: A Tale of Finland. New York: Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003.
    Retelling of a Finnish Folktale.
  • Clara Stroebe, ed., The Magic Hat and other Danish Fairy Tales. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 1999.
  • ____, The Maiden of Northland: A Hero Tale of Finland. New York: Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 1996.
    Retelling of a portion of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic.

CHUNA MCINTYRE - November 12, 2003


  • Kirkpatrick Hill, Minuk: Ashes in the Pathway. (Girls of Many Lands series). Middleton, Wisc.: Pleasant Co. Publications, 2002.
    Fictional account of a Yupik girl’s encounter with late 19th-century missionaries.
    Grades 5-9.
  • Megan McDonald, Tundra Mouse: A Storyknife Tale. New York: Orchard Books, 1997.
    Fictional account of a Yupik household and traditional craft.
    K-3rd grade.
  • Carolyn Meyer, In a Different Light: Growing Up in a Yup’ik Eskimo Village in Alaska. New York: McElderry Books, 1996.
    Fictionalized account of contemporary Yup’ik life.
    Grades 6-9.
  • Margaret Nicolai, Kitaq Goes Ice Fishing. Seattle: Alaska Northwest Books, 1998.
    Fictional story of a boy’s first ice fishing trip with his father.
    K-2nd grade.
  • Barbara Winslow, Dance on a Sealskin. Anchorage: Alaska Northwest Books, 1995.
    Fictional story based on Yupik tradition of a girl who dances at her first potlach.
    Grades 2-6.


  • Mir Tamim Ansary, Arctic Peoples. (Native Americans) Des Plaines, Ill.: Heinemann Library, 2000.
    Broad overview of North American aboriginal peoples.
    Grades 2-4.
  • Kira Van Deusen, Raven and the Rock: Storytelling in Chukotka. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999.
    Anthology of 25 Chukkchi and Yupik folk legends.
  • Andrew Haslam, Arctic Peoples. (Make it Work! History) New York: Thomson Learning, 1995.
    Maps, photographs, description and hands-on projects provide a comprehensive look at life in the Arctic.
    Grades 4-8.
  • Betty Huffmon and Terry Sloat, Ananak’s Berries. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1996.
    Re-telling of a Yupik tale.
    K-3rd grade.
  • Aylette Jenness and Alice Rivers, In Two Worlds: A Yup’ik Eskimo Family. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989.
    Photographs and text document the changes a Yup’ik family experienced over 50 years.
    Grades 5-8.
  • Bobbie Kalman and Rebecca Sjonger, Life in the Far North. (Native Nations of North America, vol. 12) New York: Crabtree Publishing Co., 2004.
    Description of social life and customs of Inuit, Yupik, and Inupiat peoples.
    Grades 4-6.
  • Alice Osinski, The Eskimo: The Inuit and Yupik People. (A New True Book) Chicago: Children’s Press, 1985.
    Describes the natural environment and way of life, contrasting traditional culture with modern lifestyle.
    Grades 4-8.
  • Terry Sloat, The Eye of the Needle. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 1990.
    Re-telling of a Yupik tale.
    K-3rd grade.
  • _____, The Hungry Giant of the Tundra. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 2001.
    Re-telling of a Yupik tale.
    K-3rd grade.
  • Gail Stewart, Life in an Eskimo Village. (The Way People Live) San Diego: Lucent Books, 1995.
    Overview of life of indigenous peoples in Canada and Alaska.
    Grades 7-10.

LITERATURE TO LIFE: ZORA - January 26-30 and May 4, 2004


  • Gary Paulsen, Nightjohn. New York: Delacorte Press, 1993.
    A free African American returns to the South to secretly teach slaves to read.
    8th grade.
  • Pat McKissack, Mirandy and Brother Wind. New York: Knopf, 1992.
    A new African American folktale.
    1st grade.


  • Virginia Hamiliton, The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales. New York: Knopf, 1993.
    African American folktales around the theme of freedom.
    7th grade.
  • Eric A. Kimmel, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock. New York: Holiday House, 1990.
    African trickster tale.
    2nd grade.
  • John Steptoe, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1987.
    Re-telling of an African tale.
    2nd grade.
  • And the Green Grass Grew All Around: Folk Poetry from Everyone. New York: HarperCollins Publishing, 1992.
    Collection of rhymes, riddles, poems and songs passed down through oral tradition.
    4th grade.
  • Janet Stevens, Tops & Bottoms. San Francisco: Harcourt Children’s Books, 1995.
    Re-telling of a trickster tale with roots in both European and African folk tales.
    2nd grade.
  • Verna Aardema, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1992.
    African folktale.
    2nd grade.

CELTIC ROOTS - March 4, 2004

  • Joan Sweeney. Me and My Family. New York: Crown Publishers, 1999.
    Learn to make a family tree.
    1st grade.
  • Julia Alvarez. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. New York: Plume, 1992.
    Four sisters from the Dominican Republic struggle with their new life in America.


Middle School Level - Fiction

  • Sharon G. Flake, The Skin I’m In. New York: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, 1998.
    Thirteen-year-old Maleeka finds support from a teacher when she is teased about her dark skin.
  • Marie G. Lee, Finding My Voice. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992.
    Ellen Sung struggles to find her own identity between her parents desire for her to excel and the racial slurs of her classmates.

Middle School Level - Non-Fiction

  • Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories. Thorndike, Me.: Thorndike Press, 1993.
  • James Haskins, The Freedom Rides: Journey for Justice. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1995.
  • Casey King, Oh, Freedom!: Kids Talk about the Civil Rights Movement with the People who Made it Happen. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1977.
  • Rachel A. Koestler-Grack, Going to School During the Civil Rights Movement. Mankato, Minn.: Blue Earth Books, 2002.
  • Belinda Rochelle, Witness to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights. New York, Lodestar Books, 1993.

Elementary School Level - Fiction

  • Patricia McKissack, Goin’ Somplace Special. New York: Atheneum, 2001.
  • Deborah Wiles, Freedom Summer. New York: Atheneum, 2001.
  • Jacqueline Woodson, The Other Side. New York: Putnam Publishing Group, 2001.
  • Amy Littlesugar, Freedom School, Yes! New York: Philomel Books, 2001.

Elementary School Level - Non-Fiction

  • Robert Coles, The Story of Ruby Bridges. New York: Scholastic, 1995.
  • Margo Lundell, ed., Through My Eyes: Ruby Bridges. New York: Scholastic Press, 1999. Press, 1999.
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