Mexican American

Journey 84

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Ages 10 and up, Mexican, Mexican American, Mexico, North America, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Journey 84

Journey 84

This is not a book, but it is story. This is an ad created by 84 Lumber to air during the 2017 Super Bowl. It was deemed too controversial for the original ad and banned from broadcast. It is a mother and daughter’s symbolic migrant journey towards becoming legal American citizens.

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Yuyi Morales Talks About Being a New Arrival & a Creator

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Mexican, Mexican American | Comments Off on Yuyi Morales Talks About Being a New Arrival & a Creator

Yuyi Morales Talks About Being a New Arrival & a Creator

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My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Mexican, Mexican American, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Identity, United States | Comments Off on My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo

My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo

My Colors, My World/Mis Colores, Mi Mundo Written and Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez Published by Lee & Low Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Winner of a 2010 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor! Description Maya longs to find brilliant, beautiful color in her world. But when the wind blows, desert sand covers everything, and turns her whole neighborhood the color of dust. With the help of a feathered friend, Maya searches high and low to find the colors in her world. And she does―in the vibrant purple of her Mama’s flowers, the juicy green of a prickly cactus, the hot...

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Hairs / Pelitos

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Latino, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Hairs / Pelitos

Hairs / Pelitos

Hairs / Pelitos  By Sandra Cisneros Illustrated by Terry Ybanez Published by Dragonfly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “In any language, in any culture, the dreams and comforts of children across the earth are all the same.” —Children’s Literature Description This bilingual book takes its text from a chapter in Sandra Cisneros’ classic novel The House on Mango Street.  Cisneros and Ybanez introduce the readers to the varies members of a family by focusing particularly on the differences in their hair. Reviews & Accolades “Everybody in our family...

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Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Ages 10 and up, Mexican, Mexican American | Comments Off on Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco   By Judith Robbins Rose Published by Candlewick Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Available as eBook and Audiobook Description “Miss, will you be my Amiga?” Amiga means “friend” in Spanish, but at the youth center, it meant a lady to take you places. I never asked myself if two people as different as Miss and me could ever really be amigas. When Jacinta Juarez is paired with a rich, famous mentor, she is swept away from the diapers and dishes of her own daily life into a world of new experiences. But crossing la...

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Carmen Learns English

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Ages 05 and up, Mexican, Mexican American, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Carmen Learns English

Carmen Learns English

Carmen Learns English  By Judy Cox Illustrated by Angela Dominquez Published by Holiday House “This is an important book to help mutual understanding in any school where immigrants with little or no English arrive.” –Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz , Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Older sister Carmen tells Lupita, who is about to enter kindergarten, about her first day of school, when she could speak only Spanish. She recalls other children teasing her about saying the wrong words or mocking her accent. Yet with a...

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Migrant

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Ages 09 and up, Mexican, Mexican American | Comments Off on Migrant

Migrant

Migrant By Jose Manual Mateo Illustrated by Javier Martinez Pedro Published by Abrams Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description  A Mexican boy tells of his journey to the U.S. with his family. They must face many dangers to cross the border, only to experience the uncertainty felt by all illegal immigrants. The narrative is accompanied by one long, beautifully vivid illustration reminis­cent of pre-Hispanic codices, packaged as an accordion-style foldout frieze. Reviews & Accolades “A family’s desperate journey from Mexico to Los Angeles unfolds through a boy’s...

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Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Central America, Guatemala, Guatemalan, Honduran, Honduran American, Latino, Mexican, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

Reading Harry Potter increases tolerance? A new study conducted in Italy and England and published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology showed that young people that read J.K. Rowling’s series and discussed sections of the book that deal with prejudice showed improved attitudes towards immigrants, GBLTQ citizens, and other minority groups. More here. Imagine that. Those who identified with Harry standing up for mudbloods and house elves and thwarting the malevolence of the Malfoys are better citizens. Speaking of citizens and the need to be better, there are certain American citizens...

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The Quiet Place

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on The Quiet Place

The Quiet Place

The Quiet Place By Susan Stewart Illustrated by David Small Published by Farrar, Straux and Giroux “Drawn in Small’s signature style, the delicate but vibrant illustrations, along with the pithy narrative vignettes, poignantly capture the emotional hardships and triumphs of the immigrant experience.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description When Isabel and her family move to the United States, Isabel misses all the things she left behind in Mexico, especially her aunt Lupita and hearing people speak Spanish.  But she also...

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When Christmas Feels Like Home

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on When Christmas Feels Like Home

When Christmas Feels Like Home

When Christmas Feels Like Home By Gretchen Griffith Illustrated by Carolina Farias Published by Albert Whitman and Co. Available September 1, 2013 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N         Description After moving from a small village in Mexico to a town in the United States, Eduardo is sure it will never feel quite like home. The other children don’t speak his language and they do not play fútbol. His family promises him that he will feel right at home by the time Christmas comes along, when “your words float like clouds from your mouth” and...

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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote By Duncan Tonatiuh Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers “Accessible for young readers, who may be drawn to it as they would a classic fable; perfect for mature readers and the classroom, where its layers of truth and meaning can be peeled back to be examined and discussed. An incandescent, humane and terribly necessary addition to the immigrant-story shelf.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his...

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What the Moon Saw

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity | Comments Off on What the Moon Saw

What the Moon Saw

What the Moon Saw By Laura Resau Published by Delacourte Press/Random House “…in poetic, memorable language, Resau offers a rare glimpse into an indigenous culture, grounding her story in the universal questions and conflicts of a young teen.” –Gillian Engberg, Booklist “Along with the cultural heritage of the Oaxaca region is the role that restlessness has played in the lives of families there. This is a beautifully told story of finding oneself by holding on to ancient traditions.” –KILATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description...

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Tell Us We’re Home

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Eastern European, Mexican American, Multinational/Multicultural, Slovakian American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Trinidadian American | Comments Off on Tell Us We’re Home

Tell Us We’re Home

Tell Us We’re Home By Marina Budhos Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers “These fully realized heroines are full of heart, and their passionate struggles against systemic injustice only make them more inspiring. Keenly necessary.” –Kirkus Reviews “These three girls are outcasts, like many teens, and the story may resonate with readers who often feel like outsiders looking in.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eighth-grade girls in the wealthy suburb of...

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Star in the Forest

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Star in the Forest

Star in the Forest

Star in the Forest By Laura Resau Published by Yearling “This beautifully written story will lead to discussions among young readers and perhaps foster a better understanding of the plight of illegal Mexican workers in the United States today.” –Children’s Literature “Resau introduces preteens to the drama that thousands of children of immigrants face in the United States…A story of friendship that will speak to children of different cultures.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Zitlally’s family is undocumented,...

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My Diary from Here to There

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on My Diary from Here to There

My Diary from Here to There

My Diary from Here to There By Amada Irma Pérez Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez Published by Lee and Low Books “Any child who has moved away from a familiar neighborhood or a best friend will identify with Amada, but her story will especially resonate with immigrant kids.” –Linda Perkins, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description One night, Amada overhears her parents whisper about moving from Mexico to Los Angeles, where greater opportunity awaits. As she and her family make the journey north, Amada records her fears, hopes, and...

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Far From Gringo Land

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Far From Gringo Land

Far From Gringo Land

Far From Gringo Land By Edward Myers Published by Clarion Books “Reading this book is as close as readers can get to their own summer as gringos far from gringo land—a summer all young Americans would be the better for experiencing.” –Children’s Literature “Without bias, the author honestly depicts a rural Mexico that will give young American readers a sense of the good, the bad and the ugly, from the perspective of a young gringo.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Rick Dresner is spending the summer with the Romero...

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Home At Last

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Home At Last

Home At Last

Home at Last By Susan Middleton Elya Illustrated by Felipe Davalos Published by Lee and Low Books “It’s a touching story that speaks to both immigrant and non-immigrant families without guise or pretension.” –Midwest Book Review Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Ana Patino is adjusting well to her new life in the United States, but her mother is having a difficult time because she doesn_t speak English. When Ana_s baby brother falls ill, Mama tries to get help, but no one can understand her. Now convinced of the need to learn the native...

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Under the Same Sky

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Ages 10 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Racial Discrimiation, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Under the Same Sky

Under the Same Sky

Under the Same Sky By Cynthia DeFelice Published by Square Fish “This look at migrant workers carefully lays out many of the issues involved, including the conflicts inherent in the immigration laws, and readers will come away with a new understanding and sympathy for these workers.” –Paula Rohrlick, KILATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description For his fourteenth birthday, Joe Pedersen wants a motorbike that costs nearly a thousand dollars. But his mom says the usual birthday gift is fifty dollars, and his dad wants Joe to earn the rest of the...

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Uncle Rain Cloud

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Oral Traditions | Comments Off on Uncle Rain Cloud

Uncle Rain Cloud

Uncle Rain Cloud By Tony Johnston Illustrated by Fabricio Vandenbroeck Published by Charlesbridge Publishers “This concise tale about bridging cultures, languages, and generations will strike a chord with many children who are both learning English and translating for their families. The sensitive telling may also help monolingual children understand their classmates who are in that situation.” –Ann Welton, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Uncle Tomàs looks after Carlos, whose hard-working parents get home late. He captivates...

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After Peaches

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Canada, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life | Comments Off on After Peaches

After Peaches

After Peaches By Michelle Mulder Published by Orca Young Readers “Written in first person with clarity and understanding, this chapter book reflects the experiences and emotions of the many immigrant children who work to fit in despite sometimes feeling ill at ease in their new countries.” –Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description After being teased at school, Rosario vows not to speak English again until she can speak with an accent that’s one hundred percent Canadian. Since she and her parents plan to spend the whole summer working on BC fruit...

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