Korean American

Amina’s Voice

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Ages 08 and up, Korean American, Pakistani, Pakistani American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: The Arts, United States | 0 comments

Amina’s Voice

Amina’s Voice By Hena Khan Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Age Range: 8 and older Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Khan deftly—and subtly—weaves aspects of Pakistani and Muslim culture into her story, allowing readers to unconsciously absorb details and develop understanding and compassion for another culture and faith.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Description A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy...

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The Sun Is Also a Star

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Ages 12 and up, Jamaican American, Korean American, North America, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | Comments Off on The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star By Nicola Yoon Published by Random House Children’s Books A 2016 National Book Award Finalist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student,...

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Cultural Research: I’m New Here

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Ages 05 and up, Author / Illustrator Research, Guatemalan American, Korean American, Somali American, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cultural Research: I’m New Here

Cultural Research: I’m New Here

“I’m New Here grew in my mind over many years of considering recently-arrived, culturally diverse students, as I interacted with them while creating books, speaking in schools, and evaluating available resources. Though there are many wonderful books featuring individual child immigrants, it seemed to me that in the big picture something was missing. Somehow the emphasis was on what immigrant children needed to acquire, as if they arrived as blank slates, needing to be filled. I wanted to focus on the strengths these children already had, leading rich and complex lives in their...

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I’m New Here

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Ages 05 and up, Guatemalan American, Korean American, Somali American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: The Arts | Comments Off on I’m New Here

I’m New Here

I’m New Here  By Anne Sibley O’Brien Published by Charlesbridge Publishing Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “Whether readers are new themselves or meeting those who are new, there are lessons to be learned here about perseverance, bravery, and inclusion, and O’Brien’s lessons are heartfelt and poetically rendered.”   —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Description Maria is from Guatemala, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are new to their American elementary school, and each has trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English....

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First Crossing

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Cambodian American, Chinese American, Haitian American, Korean American, Latino, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Native American, Palestinian American, Theme: Adoption, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on First Crossing

First Crossing

First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants Edited by Donald R. Gallo Published by Candlewick Press “Newly transplanted teens will find the voices represented in this collection far more relevant than those echoing forth from the huddled masses of Ellis Island, and American-born readers will gain insight from the palpable depictions of what it’s like to be thrust into ‘the middle of a game where [you] don’t know the players, the rules, or even the object.'” —Jennifer Mattson, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N        ...

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What Will You Be, Sara Mee?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 03 and up, Asian (East), Korean American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on What Will You Be, Sara Mee?

What Will You Be, Sara Mee?

What Will You Be, Sara Mee? By Kate Aver Avraham Illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien Published by Charlesbridge Publishers “Of particular interest to Korean American families, this festive story also introduces a different cultural birthday tradition to non-Koreans.”  —Booklist “What Will You Be Sara Mee? gives readers a beautiful glimpse into Korean culture.” —Teaching Tolerence Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Will she be an artist? A cook? A writer? Sara Mee is turning one, and her family and friends gather for her tol, or...

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Project Mulberry

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 09 and up, Asian (East), Korean American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Project Mulberry

Project Mulberry

Project Mulberry By Linda Sue Park Published by Random House Publishers “There’s no easy resolution, but the unforgettable family and friendship story, the quiet, almost unspoken racism, and the excitement of the science make this a great cross-curriculum title.” —Hazel Rochman, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description Julia Song and her friend Patrick want to team up to win a blue ribbon at the state fair, but they can’t agree on the perfect project. Then Julia’s mother suggests they raise silkworms as she did years...

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My Name is Yoon

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (East), Korean American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on My Name is Yoon

My Name is Yoon

My Name Is Yoon By Helen Recorvits Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux “…the themes of acknowledging and accepting differences while preserving individuality offer positive reinforcements for children from multiple cultural backgrounds.”—Skye Suttie, Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Yoon’s name means Shining Wisdom, and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and...

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Cooper’s Lesson

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (East), Korean American, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Cooper’s Lesson

Cooper’s Lesson

Cooper’s Lesson By Sun Yung Shin Translated by Min Paek Illustrated by Kim Cogan Published by Children’s Book Press “Told in gentle language, this quiet story focuses on the challenges of being caught between two cultures.” —Carolyn Janssen, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Cooper’s Lesson is an inspiring story about identity and intergenerational friendship, featuring a young biracial boy, written in both English and Korean. Cooper has had about enough of being half and half. And he’s really had enough...

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A Step From Heaven

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Asian (East), Korean American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on A Step From Heaven

A Step From Heaven

A Step From Heaven By An Na Published by Penguin Books “A contemporary and personal immigrant tale, this will make an affecting counterpoint to well-worn stories of Ellis Island.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books “This is a powerful story of cultural clash. . . Readers will come to care for Young Ju as she finds her way in a strange culture and eventually finds success. Highly Recommended.” —The Book Report Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description When she is five, Young Ju Park and her family move from Korea to California....

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