Being sensitive about differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.

Yoko by Rosemary Wells
Yoko is devastated when the children make fun of the sushi that she brings for her lunch. However a thoughtful teacher, a hungry friend and an International Food Day all help solve Yoko's problems.

Tokyo Friends - Tokyo no Tomodachi by Betty Reynolds
This is an excellent introduction to Japanese language and culture and also some of the differences between Japanese and western customs. When Katie meets her two Japanese friends in Tokyo, they show us some of the everyday things that they do and the Japanese and English words for them. The words are written in English, in Japanese phonetically and also in the Japanese script and are accompanied by lively illustrations. (6 - 12 years)
Curiosity, Tolerance

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
A story about a young Korean girl who thinks she will choose an American name when she comes to live in America in order to fit in better. However in the end she decides that her name, Unhei meaning Grace, reflects herself and her culture. A lesson in cultural understanding in the classroom. (7 – 10 years)
Tolerance, Independence

Frog and the Stranger by Max Velthuijs
When a stranger arrives in their small community only Frog is welcoming. The others are suspicious and only accept him once he has saved one of the houses from burning down. Then he and his stories are much appreciated. This is a lesson not to prejudge.

All in a Day.
Anno, Mitsumasa. Penguin Putnam Books, 1986.
Brief texts and illustrations by ten internationally well-known artists reveal a day in the lives of children in eight different countries showing the similarities and differences and emphasizing the commonality of humankind.

The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors.
Berenstain, Stan. Random House, 1994.
Papa Bear learns a lesson in the importance of acceptance when a new family of pandas moves in across the road.

Something else.
Cave, Kathryn. Greenvale, N.Y. : Mondo, 1998,c1994. A little creature is ostracized despite his attempts to fit in, but his experiences enable him to be accepting of others' differences.

Gorp’s Dream.
Chessen, Sherri. [United States] : Gorp Group, c2003.
The residents of Pumpernickel Park all get along just fine until the Sourdoughs move in and try to poison everyone with their prejudice.

The Brand New Kid.
Couric, Katie. Scholastic, 2001
Lazlo, who has just moved to the United States from Hungary, is ostracized at school until two girls who have the courage to befriend him.

Watch out for the Chicken Feet in your Soup.
dePaola, Tomie. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1974.
Embarrassed to introduce a friend to his old-fashioned Italian grandmother, a young boy gains a new appreciation of her when he finds how well she and his friend get along.
The feather-bed journey.
Feder, Paula Kurzband. Morton Grove, Ill. : A. Whitman, 1995. As she tries to repair a torn feather pillow, Grandma tells about her childhood in Poland, about the Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II, and about the origin of this special pillow.

Whoever you are.
Fox, Mem, San Diego : Harcourt Brace, c1997. Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.

First day in Grapes
King Perez, L, New York : Lee & Low Books, c2002.
When Chico starts the third grade after his migrant worker family moves to begin harvesting California grapes, he finds that self confidence and math skills help him cope with the first day of school.

Leo the Late Bloomer.
Kraus, Robert.Windmill, 1971.
Leo’s father worried that Leo, who couldn’t do anything, wasn’t going to bloom, but his wise mother counseled for patience. With bold, bright, appealing illustrations young readers see Leo’s blossoming into a fine reader, writer, drawer and speaker.

So What is Tolerance Anyway?
LaManchia, John.

Soccer Sam.
Marzollo, Jean. Random House, 1987.
Sam's cousin from Mexico comes for an extended visit and teaches Sam and all the second graders to play soccer.
The Lady in the Box.
McGovern, Ann. New York : Turtle Books ; [Emeryville, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 1997.
When Lizzie and Ben discover a homeless lady living in their neighborhood, they must reconcile their desire to help her with their mother's admonition not to talk to strangers.

Miller Connie.

Myers, Christopher A. 1st ed. New York : Scholastic Press, c2000. 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.

Let’s Get along.
Nettleton, Pamela Hill.

Sitti's secrets.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. 1st Aladdin Paperbacks ed. New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 1997. A young girl describes a visit to see her grandmother in a Palestinian village on the West Bank.

It's okay to be different.
Parr, Todd.1st ed. Boston:Little, Brown, c2001. Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay," such as being a different color, needing some help, being adopted, and having a different nose.

Raatma, Lucia. Mankato, Minn.: Bridgestone Books/Capstone Press, [1999], c2000. Describes tolerance as a virtue and suggests ways in which it can be recognized and practiced.

Scheunemann, Pam.

I am Tolerant
Schuette, Sarah.
Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman. ; Chorao, Kay. I'm terrific. New York: Holiday House, 1977. Jason Bear thinks he's terrific and even awards himself gold stars for superior performance in his chores. His friends don't like to be around him.

The whispering cloth : a refugee's story.
Shea, Pegi Deitz. 1st ed. Honesdale, Pa. : [New York] : Boyds Mills Press ; Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1995. A young girl in a Thai refugee camp finds the story within herself to create her own pa'ndau.

What's Wrong with Timmy?
Shriver, Maria. Warner Books, 2001.
Making friends with a mentally retarded boy helps Kate learn that the two of them have a lot in common.

Why am I Different?
Simon, Norma. Albert Whitman & Co., 1976.
Portrays everyday situations in which children see themselves as "different" in family life, preferences and aptitudes, and yet, feel that being different is all right.

Junior School
Fritz, Jean. Penguin Putnam Books, 1982.
The author relates her childhood days in China in the 1920’s. Although she experienced many lovely times, she truly wished to be in America.

Teaching tolerance : Yo! yes.; Island of the skog.; Here comes the cat. In "Yo! yes" two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends; in "The island of the skog" in pursuit of freedom, a band of rowdies and their leader set sail to an island inhabited by a seemingly hostile Skog; in "Here comes the cat" a peaceful settlement of mice is threatened by the ominous shadow of a big cat.

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