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The Philip C. Chinn Multicultural Book Award
1994 – Ronald Takaki, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
1995 – Russell M. Peters, Clambake
1996 – Stacey J. Lee, Unraveling the Model Minority Stereotype: Listening to Asian-American Youth
1997 – James and Cherry McGee Banks (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education
1998 – Beverly Daniel Tatum, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria and Other Conversations About Race
2000 – Sarah Warshauer Freedman, Elizabeth Radin Simons, Julie Shalhope Kalnin, Alex Casareno and the M-Class Teams, Inside City Schools: Investigating Literacy in Multicultural Classrooms
2001 – Robert Moses and Charles E. Cobb, Jr., Radical Equations
2002 – Joy L. Lei, Global Constructions of Multicultural Education: Theories and Realities
2003 – Eileen Gale Kugler, Debunking The Middle-Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools Are Good For Kids

The Multicultural Children’s Book Award
1997 – Skipping Stones Magazine — Arun Toké
1999 – i see the rhythm — Toyomi Igus
2000 – Dragonsong — Russell Young
2001 – New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams — Nancy Gruver
2003 – The Seventh Generation: Native Students Speak About Finding the Good Path — Amy Bergstrom, Linda Miller Cleary, and Thomas D. Peacock

The 2004 Skipping Stones Honor Awards
Educational, Entertaining & Exceptional Books and Teaching Resources!

Are you searching for authentic, multicultural books? Do you enjoy exploring the natural world through a good book? The 2004 Skipping Stones Honor Award Winners cultivate an awareness of our multicultural and natural world without perpetuating stereotypes and biases. They encourage positive role models, promote cooperation, nonviolence, and appreciation of nature. These books and the educational video also offer a great variety of learning experiences for students and teachers, children and parents. Our thanks to over 20 reviewers-teachers, students, parents, librarians, interns and board members-who helped with the selection process.

Ecology and Nature Books

Promoting an understanding of natural systems, specific species or habitats, human, plant and animal relationships, resource conservation, environmental protection and restoration efforts, community projects and sustainable living.

Okomi and the Tickling Game
by Helen and Clive Dorman, illustrated by Tony Hutchings. Ages 2-6. $4.95. Dawn Publications in association with the Jane Goodall Institute, dawnpub.com.

How Groundhog’s Garden Grew
by Lynne Cherry. Ages 4-8. $15.95.
The Blue Sky Press. Scholastics.com

The Polar Bears Are Hungry
by Carol Carrick, illustrated by Paul Carrick. Elem. Grades. $14. Clarion Books, houghtonmifflinbooks.com.

The Deliverance of Dancing Bears
by Elizabeth Stanley. Elem. Grades. $15.95.
Cygnet Books and Kane/Miller Book Publishers, kanemiller.com.

Cool Woods: A Trip Around the World’s Boreal Forest
by Jane Drake and Ann Love, art by Andrew Kiss. Elem. and Middle Grades. $19.95. Tundra Books, tundrabooks.com.

River of Words: Images and Poetry in Praise of Water, edited by Pamela Michael. Elem. Grades and up. $12.95. Heyday Books, heydaybooks.com.

Multicultural and International Books

Focusing on ethnic diversity and intercultural or global relationships, these books build bridges of communication, understanding, social justice and peace.

Alice Yazzie’s Year by Ramona Maher, illustrated by Shonto Begay. Elem. Grades. $15.95. Tricycle Press, tenspeed.com.

Chachaji’s Cup by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Soumya Sitaraman. Elem. Grades. $16.95. Children’s Book Press, childrensbookpress.org.

The Treasure on Gold Street/ El Tesoro en la Calle Oro: A Neighborhood Story in English and Spanish by Lee Merrill Byrd, illustrated by Antonio Castro L. Elem. grades. $16.95. Cinco Puntos Press, cincopuntos.com.

Squizzy the Black Squirrel: A Fabulous Fable of Friendship by Chuck Stone, illustrated by Jeannie Jackson. Elem. grades. $16.95. Open Hand Publishing, openhand.com.

Shining by Julius Lester, illustrated by John Clapp. Elem. Grades. $17. Harcourt Books, harcourtbooks.com.

The Hermit and the Well by Thich Nhat Hanh, illustrated by Vo-Dinh Mai. Elem. Grades. $15. Plum Blossom Books (Parallax Press), parallax.org.

A Cafecito Story / El Cuento del Cafecito by Julia Alvarez, woodcuts by Belkis Ramírez. Middle School and up. $10. Chelsea Green Publishing, chelseagreen.com.

In America’s Shadow by Kimberly Komatsu and Kaleigh Komatsu. Middle Grades and up. $35. Thomas George Books, thomasgeorgebooks.com.

The Afterlife by Gary Soto. Middle Grades. $16. Harcourt Book, harcourtbooks.com. Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl’s Story by Pegi Deitz Shea. Middle Grades. $15. Clarion Books, houghtonmifflinbooks.com.

When My Name Was Keoko: A Novel of Korea in World War II by Linda Sue Park. Middle-High School. $16. Clarion Books, www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com.

Raising Ourselves: A Gwich’in Coming of Age Story from the Yukon River by Velma Wallis. High School and adults. $19.95. Epicenter Press, EpicenterPress.com.

Teaching Resources and Educational Videos

Educators will find these resources extremely helpful in their work with students to develop multicultural and nature awareness.

The Raccoon Next Door: Getting Along with Urban Wildlife by Gary Bogue, illustrated by Chuck Todd. Middle Grades Teaching Resource. $16.95. Heyday Books, heydaybooks.com.

So They May Speak… (30-min. video with a resource guide) produced by Ideas in Motion and California Tomorrow. For Adults and Educators. $49.95-$89.95. www.californiatomorrow.org.

-Arun Narayan Toke’, Editor
Skipping Stones