Written by Gus Dexheimer and Camille Johnson, and illustrated by Diana ValEveryone Has a Plan for Uma is about a charismatic bolivian uterus named Uma who is reluctantly celebrating her fifteenth birthday party, her family and friends dictating everything from the music to her outfit. Out of frustration, she flees the party.

 

Alone in the bathroom, she encounters her body, who helps her realize that she is valuable independently of the opinions of others, and that she has the right to make her own decisions--about both her birthday party and her life, including her body, her sexuality, and her sexual expression.

Written and illustrated by Lucy Bergwall, What's that Thing on Wheels? shows the infinite possibilities that bikes can offer if we just open our imaginations.

Siblings Sam and Alex want to have a picnic in the park on Pedestrian Day. But their mom doesn’t know how to transport Alex, who uses a wheelchair, and all the supplies. So their grandpa takes Sam to the market, where Sam begins to see all the fantastical bicycles that exist in the world and is inspired to create the perfect bike for their family. 

Written and illustrated by Phoebe House, Luis and Me follows Carlos as he tries to better understand his new friend, an artist named Luis.

Sometimes Luis acts strangely; because of this, other people call him a “crazy person.” 

This book is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Written and illustrated by Tressa Versteeg, The Brother, the Sister, and the Cow, is about an Aymara brother and sister who are searching for their lost cow near Lake Titicaca in the Bolivian altiplano. Throughout their quest, they encounter fantastical places, people, and things you could never have imagined. This book cleverly explores growing up in the midst of two conflicting forces—an indigenous culture and a globalizing world—and how it shapes the identities and perceptions of Aymara children.

This is a trilingual book written in Spanish, Aymara and English. It is appropriate for ages 5-11, as well as for adults of all ages.

Written by Leah Davis and illustrated by Jessica Davis, Until the Mirror Smiled Back at Me, asks the reader: What do you see in the mirror?

Mariela learns to see pride and beauty in her identity as a young Afro-Bolivian girl, as a princess guides her through the daily hardships of discrimination and inequality. This book leaves readers with a feel for what it means to be of African descent in Bolivia — and promises empowerment for children of all ethnic backgrounds.

This book is appropriate for ages 6-12, as well as for adults of all ages.

Written and illustrated by Laura Frye, Wilma explores the question: What is it like to be an indigenous woman from the countryside attending a university in the big city? Wilma describes the real-life experiences of a young Quechua woman who determines to wear her traditional dress despite her fears of rejection at college. Readers learn about the pride Wilma has for her culture, as well as of her journey from the countryside to university life. The story shows that students from different cultures may be greeted with acceptance by their peers — and do not need to change who they are.

This book is trilingual in Spanish, Quechua and English. This book is appropriate for ages 4-10 as well as for adults of all ages

Written and illustrated by Mikaela Lefrak, The Biggest Laugh in the World is the story of a young Bolivian boy who accompanies his mother one day to her job at a public nursing home in Cochabamba. He befriends an elderly woman who lives there and they begin a mission to get Don Alfonso, the surliest and quietest man at the home, to laugh. Along the way, the young boy learns about the often lonely and difficult lives of elderly Bolivian citizens living in public homes, and what he as a child can do to help.

 

This book is appropriate for ages 5-11 as well as for adults of all ages.

Written and illustrated by Emily Smizer, Confronting the Giant is the story of Félix, a boy who has just moved to the city from his home in the countryside. Félix is nervous about going to a new school where it seems like he is the only student who speaks Quechua at home, but he finds comfort (and even an adventure!) in his imagination. When he realizes he has a special talent, Félix begins to understand the value of his culture and in turn, helps his classmates recognize the valuable diversity that they all contribute to their community.

This book is trilingual in Spanish, Quechua and English. It is appropriate for ages 4-10, as well as for adults of all ages.

You can find FREE creative and artistic activities that guide students through a process of discussing identity through play and imagination, and lead them to the production of an original *magical* object, HERE.

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