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BIPOC (61 series)

Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon

Mei hates springtime. Why? Because it's only in the spring that Nian, a fierce dragon, is able to leave his mountain prison under the sea to terrorize the local village. When the villagers hear the rumblings of Nian's hungry stomach, they know that winter has ended and spring is coming. But this year on the night before the first day of spring, a magical warrior visits Mei in her dreams. He tells Mei that it is her destiny to face and defeat Nian. But she must do it within 15 days or the dragon

Once Upon an Hour  

A child is told a bedtime tale about how the 12 animals of the Korean zodiac came together to save a young character on their quest for a plant known to have healing properties in this gorgeously illustrated picture book. A young Korean child wants to know how to tell time using a clock. Her mother tells her a tale about how she learned to tell time using the traditional Korean practice of timekeeping in which the 12 animals of the zodiac are assigned to 2-hour sections of the 24-hour clock. Onc

One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet  

This nonfiction book for middle readers profiles twenty environmental defenders of color from around the world. Their individual stories show that the intersection of environment and ethnicity is an asset to protecting our planet. Illustrated with photos of each of the people profiled.|One Earth profiles Black, Indigenous and People of Color who live and work as environmental defenders. From saving ancient trees on the West Coast of Canada, to protecting the Irrawaddy dolphins of India, to uncov

Orca Dual Language Books  

These dual-language books, with vibrant Illustrations and photographs, are sure to he a hit from toddlers to adults alike!

Picking Up the Pieces  

This nonfiction book, illustrated with photographs, tells the story of the making of the Witness Blanket, a work by Indigenous artist Carey Newman that includes hundreds of items from every Residential School in Canada and stories from the Survivors who donated them.

PoPo's Lucky Chinese New Year  

When her Chinese grandmother comes to visit, a young Chinese-American girl learns of and participates in the customs and beliefs celebrating an authentic Chinese New Year.

Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance  

Part of the nonfiction Orca Origins series for middle readers. Illustrated with photographs, Powwow is a guide to the dance, music and culture of this Indigenous celebration. Powwow is a celebration of Indigenous song and dance. As a lifelong competitive powwow dancer, Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is a guide to the history, songs and dances at powwows from coast to coast and the important role they play in Indigenous culture and reconciliation.

Racial and Cultural Intolerance

People of different races and national origins experience intolerance throughout the United States, ranging from discrimination to violence. Racial and Cultural Intolerance explores the history behind these problems, the effects of these issues on society, and ongoing efforts toward preventing racial and cultural intolerance.


Part of the nonfiction Orca Origins series for middle readers. Illustrated with colour photographs, this book examines the origins and traditions of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr  

This title discusses the history of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr and how they are celebrated in Canada. From the series Canadian Celebrations (Butter Tarts) - Canadians have many reasons to celebrate, and they enjoy gathering throughout the year to observe many uniquely Canadian holidays. Canadian Celebrations provides readers a closer look at the history of these events, the reasons for each holiday, and the ways in which Canadians gather to celebrate them.