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Multicultural Fantasy Picture Books for Young Readers

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The list author says: "Magical adventures featuring children of color."
The Girl Who Hated Books
The Girl Who Hated Books
"Although she lives in a house full of avid readers, Meena hates books -- until she discovers the magic inside them."
The Closet Ghosts
The Closet Ghosts
"With help from Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god, Anu finds a way to cope with going to a new school, living in a new home, and even dealing with the mischievous ghosts in her closet."
Raising Dragons
Raising Dragons
"A farmer's young daughter shares numerous adventures with the dragon that she raises from infancy."
Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life
Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life
"When tiny Hewitt Anderson is born into a family of giants, everyone learns that sometimes small is best of all."
Sleeping Cutie
Sleeping Cutie
"Cutie LaRue is perfect in nearly every way, but her sleeplessness causes problems for her parents until they send for a new toy that introduces Cutie to the Dreamland Nightclub."
Wings
Wings
"Ikarus Jackson, the new boy in school, is outcast because he has wings. But his resilient spirit inspires one girl to speak up for him in this thought provoking story about celebrating individuality."
A River Dream
A River Dream
"While sick in bed, a young boy opens a box from his uncle and embarks on a fantastical fishing trip."
Ghosts for Breakfast
Ghosts for Breakfast
"One night, a young boy and his father investigate their frightened neighbors' report of ghosts on a nearby farm."
Pssst!
Pssst!
"The animals at the zoo have some unusual requests for a little girl who goes to visit."
Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm
Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm
"A child ventures out in the middle of the night to see how Harvey Potter grows his wonderful balloons."
The Adventures Of Sparrowboy
The Adventures Of Sparrowboy
"After an encounter with a sparrow, Henry finds he is able to fly just like his favorite comic book hero."
I Had a Hippopotamus
I Had a Hippopotamus
"An imaginative boy opens a box of animal crackers and gives his family members a hippopotamus, anaconda, rhinoceros, and other exotic animals."
Little Night
Little Night
"At the end of a long day, Mother Sky helps her playful daughter, Little Night, to get ready for bed."
The Paper Crane (Reading Rainbow Book)
The Paper Crane (Reading Rainbow Book)
"A mysterious man enters a restaurant and pays for his dinner with a paper crane that magically comes alive and dances."
The Dragon and the Unicorn
The Dragon and the Unicorn
"Valerio the dragon and Allegra the unicorn are driven into hiding when humans begin to destroy the natural beauty of their land, but they receive hope when they befriend the daughter of the man responsible."
Earth Mother
Earth Mother
"Portrays a day in the life of Earth Mother who, as she tends plants and animals around the world, meets three of her creations with advice on how to make the world more perfect."
The Color Wizard (Bank Street Level 1*)
The Color Wizard (Bank Street Level 1*)
"Wizard Gray sees that everything around him is colored gray. He decides to put a little color in his world, and paints his planet from castle door to sky in every color of the rainbow."
Dreams
Dreams
"A paper mouse Roberto made in school opens the door to a magical world of dreams and shadows one night when he cannot fall asleep."
You Are Here
You Are Here
"When the rain keeps Mariah and Joy confined to the indoors, they create a magic map and go on a fantastic imaginary voyage."
Stranger in the Mirror
Stranger in the Mirror
"When a young boy who spends all of his time skateboarding wakes up one morning with the face of an old man, he has trouble convincing people that he is still himself."
Grandmother's Pigeon
Grandmother's Pigeon
"When Grandmother sails away on a porpoise, she leaves behind a collection of birds' nest--and three eggs in one nest miraculously begin to hatch out passenger pigeon chicks."
Dave and the Tooth Fairy
Dave and the Tooth Fairy
"Dave sneezes out his wobbly tooth and then he can't find it, but his grandfather and the tooth fairy get a big surprise when they look under his pillow that night."
Starlight
Starlight
"Rose receives a magical hobby horse as a gift from her grandmother. Each night they go off on wonderful adventures but eventually he breaks. His magic disappears and he has to return to his own land, but Rose hopes he'll come back one day."
Dear Santa, Please Come to the 19th Floor
Dear Santa, Please Come to the 19th Floor
"Willy and Carlos, who is in a wheelchair, receive a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve, even though they live on the nineteenth floor of their building."
The Ghost of Sifty Sifty Sam
The Ghost of Sifty Sifty Sam
"To win a $5000 reward, a chef named Dan agrees to stay in a haunted house overnight and when he meets a very hungry ghost, he gets more than he had expected."
The Hungry Ghosts
The Hungry Ghosts
"A resourceful young boy tries to help three hungry ghosts find something to eat."
Angela's Wings
Angela's Wings
"When Angela sprouts wings she hopes no one will notice, but as the months fly by she begins to like them."
The Moon Ring
The Moon Ring
"One hot night, Maxine goes on a wild adventure thanks to the magic of the blue moon."
When Vegetables Go Bad
When Vegetables Go Bad
"Ivy, a young girl who hates vegetables, is visited one night by all of the vegetables she has refused to eat."
Amy and the Cloud Basket
Amy and the Cloud Basket
"Amy decides she would like to try working with a cloud basket, always a man's tool, instead of a cloud spoon used by the women."
This Is the Key to the Kingdom
This Is the Key to the Kingdom
"In the illustrations accompanying this traditional nursery rhyme, a child finds a key and goes on a magical trip away from her squalid inner-city environment into a landscape filled with color, excitement, and love."