African (East)

Joseph’s Big Ride

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in African (East), African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African American, Ages 06 and up, Kenya, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Joseph’s Big Ride

Joseph’s Big Ride

Joseph’s Big Ride By Terry Farish Illustrated by Ken Daley Published by Annick Press, Limited Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “A joyful, upbeat tale that takes a positive perspective on an immigrant child’s first encounters..” —Kirkus Reviews Description A refugee boy’s determination to ride a bicycle leads to an unexpected friendship. Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike, but he’s too small to ride it. Joseph and his mother travel to America, where everything is...

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Red Pencil

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in African (East), Ages 09 and up, Muslim, Sudan, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Genocide, Theme: The Arts | Comments Off on Red Pencil

Red Pencil

The Red Pencil By Andrea Davis Pinkney Illustrated by Shane Evans Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “A soulful story that captures the magic of possibility, even in difficult times.” —Kirkus Reviews  (Starred Review) Description “Amira, look at me,” Muma insists. She collects both my hands in hers. “The Janjaweed attack without warning. If ever they come– run.” Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in...

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Lost Girl Found

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in African (East), Ages 13 and up, Kenya, Refugee Camp, Sudan, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Lost Girl Found

Lost Girl Found

Lost Girl Found   By Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca Published by Groundwood Books All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Africare.org, a charitable organization that works with local populations to improve the quality of life for people in Africa. Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description For Poni, life in her small village in southern Sudan is simple and complicated at the same time. Stay in school. Beat up any boy who tries to show attention. Watch out for the dangers in the river. But then the war comes. And when soldiers arrive in her village, and bombs...

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Refugee Boy

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in African (East), Ages 13 and up, England, Ethiopian American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy By Benjamin Zephaniah Published by Bloomsbury Publishing “This book brings to light the plight of refugees everywhere…The book would be a great asset to students learning about diversity and how they should handle similar situations.” –Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited. They have a great few days togther until one morning when Alem wakes up in the bed and breakfast they...

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A Long Walk to Water

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in African (East), Ages 10 and up, Sudan, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water By Linda Sue Park Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “Park employs well-chosen details and a highly atmospheric setting to underscore both children’s struggles to survive” –Publisher’s Weekly “Brilliant. . . . A touching narrative about strife and survival on a scale most American readers will never see.”—BookPage Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Nya goes to the pond to fetch water for her family. She walks eight hours every day. Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a “lost boy” refugee,...

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The Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in African (East), Ages 14 and up, Events & Programs, Sudan, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

The Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

You are Invited to a Celebration for: THE GOOD BRAIDER A Novel by Terry Farish Set in Portland’s Sudanese Community Thursday, 11/8/12 @ 7:00 PM 7th Floor, Glickman Library University of Southern Maine Portland, Maine Free of Charge Info: Curious City, 207-420-1126 ABOUT THE BOOK “A masterful triumph of character and story.” -Naomi Shihab Nye In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola’s strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family’s journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Here, in the sometimes too...

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Out of Nowhere

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in African (East), Ages 12 and up, Somali American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | 1 comment

Out of Nowhere

Out of Nowhere By Maria Padian Published by Random House Children’s Books “The author gracefully explores the intersections between culture and religion, as well as suspicion and prejudice in a post-9/11 world. Her well-formed characters and realistic circumstances make for a large and powerful story about re-evaluating one’s beliefs.” –Publisher’s Weekly “With complex national issues solidly grounded in a thoroughly credible plot, this could be an outstanding vehicle for classroom and book club discussions.” –The Bulletin of the Center for...

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Jakarta Missing

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in African (East), African American, Ages 07 and up, Iranian American, Japanese American, Theme: Adoption, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Jakarta Missing

Jakarta Missing

Jakarta Missing By Jane Kurtz Published by Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins “Kurtz convincingly portrays both the bewildering mix of emotions that accompany an expatriate’s return “home” and the complications of family life when adults and young adults have different goals and needs…” –Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal “This is an unusual story, one that may prove highly appealing to those younger YAs interested in exotic locales and comparing other cultures with American life.” –KLIATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N...

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The Storyteller’s Beads

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in African (East), Ages 07 and up, Ethiopia, Ethiopian American, Sudan, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Historical, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on The Storyteller’s Beads

The Storyteller’s Beads

The Storyteller’s Beads By Jane Kurtz Published by Harcourt Children’s Books “Although firmly grounded in the realities of Ethiopian life, which Kurtz (who grew up in Ethiopia) helps the reader see, hear, feel, and smell, the story is also universal, and will provoke reflection on prejudice, tolerance, and identity.” –Children’s Literature “This ultimately heartening novel is a solid addition to the growing body of middle-grade books for a multicultural world.” –Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N...

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Faraway Home

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in African (East), Ages 06 and up, Ethiopian American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Faraway Home

Faraway Home

Faraway Home By Jane Kurtz Illustrated by E.B. Lewis Published by Gulliver Books/Harcourt Books “Like Allen Say’s Grandfather’s Journey (1993), this picture book captures the immigrant experience when generations live far apart and even happy family life is mixed with longing for “back home.” –Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description As her father prepares for a trip back to his childhood home in Ethiopia, Desta begins to worry. Where does her father truly belong–in the village of his youth or here in America with her? What was...

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The Good Braider

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 13 and up, Sudan, Sudanese American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Good Braider

The Good Braider

The Good Braider By Terry Farish Published by Marshall Cavendish/Amazon Children’s Publishing “Refreshing and moving: avoids easy answers and saviors from the outside. ” —Kirkus Reviews “…the larger community needs these stories.” —Finding Wonderland Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola’s strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family’s journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Here, in the sometimes too close embrace...

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The Glass Collector

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 12 and up, Egpyt, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Survival, Zabbaleen | Comments Off on The Glass Collector

The Glass Collector

The Glass Collector By Anna Perera Published by Albert Whitman and Company “Perera draws a vivid portrait of the community’s squalid living conditions, as people eat, sleep, and work amid piles of rotting garbage collected for recycling, while dreaming of better futures…A powerful rendering of human struggle, resilience, and hope.” —Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Fifteen-year-old Aaron lives amongst the rubbish piles in the slums of Cairo. His job? To collect broken glass. His life? Wasted. His hope? To find a...

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The Color of Home

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 04 and up, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Theme: Immigration, Theme: The Arts, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Color of Home

The Color of Home

The Color of Home By Mary Hoffman Illustrated by Karin Littlewood Published by Penguin Group “…Readers gain a realistic child’s perspective on what it is like to be forced to emigrate from a war-torn country.” —Ajokei T. I. Kokodoko, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description This remarkably moving picture book follows first-grader Hassan through his first few days at school. Hassan has only recently arrived in the United States after he and his family were forced to flee Somalia, and he deeply misses the colorful landscape...

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Of Beetles and Angels

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 10 and up, Ethiopia, Ethiopian American, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Of Beetles and Angels

Of Beetles and Angels

Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard By Mawi Asgedom Published by Little, Brown and Company “Asgedom’s story is compelling; after three years in a refugee camp in the Sudan, his family—mother, father, brother, and sisters—made their way to the Chicago area where, thanks to their own faith and grit and the everyday generosity of their community, they managed to establish a life for themselves.” —Kirkus Review “What stays with you is the quiet, honest drama of a family’s heartrending journey.” —Booklist Find a copy...

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My Name is Sangoel

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 06 and up, Sudanese American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on My Name is Sangoel

My Name is Sangoel

My Name is Sangoel By Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed Illustrated by Catherine Stock Published by Eerdmans Books “…This simple story puts a child-friendly spin on a common immigrant experience as the child’s classmates respond with similar puzzle pictures of their own names.” —Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Sangoel is a refugee. Leaving behind his homeland of Sudan, where his father died in the war, he has little to call his own other than his name, a Dinka name handed down proudly from...

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Home of the Brave

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 10 and up, Sudanese American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave By Katherine Applegate Published by Square Fish “Kek’s voice is particularly strong as he models the difficulties experienced by a new immigrant.” —VOYA “The author provides a lyrical journey for her readers as they experience, with Kek, the struggle of re-making an identity and the amazing resilience of hope” —Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Kek comes from Africa. In America, he sees snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He’s never walked on ice, and he falls. He...

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Brothers in Hope

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 07 and up, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Brothers in Hope

Brothers in Hope

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan By Mary Williams Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Published by Lee and Low “Powerful and deeply moving.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description A young boy unites with thousands of other orphaned boys to walk to safety in a refugee camp in another country, after war destroys their villages in southern Sudan. Based on true events. Eight-year-old Garang, orphaned by a civil war in Sudan, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek hundreds of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia,...

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A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 12 and up, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Theme: Education, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk

A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk

A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk By Jan Coates Published by Red Deer Press “Jacob’s story, as well as the plight of Sudanese refugees in general, needs to be told to inform Western audiences of the relatively recent turmoil in the nation. Coates’ book, a stirring piece of historical fiction, does this well.” —Children’s Literature “Coates gives an unflinching and poetic glimpse into the life of a boy who chose hope in the face of adversity.” —Naphtali L. Faris, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description In the...

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Muktar and the Camels

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 04 and up, Somalia, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Death | Comments Off on Muktar and the Camels

Muktar and the Camels

Muktar and the Camels By Janet Graber Illustrated by Scott Mack Published by Henry Holt and Co. “It presents what for many North American readers might have been a distant, exotic, and pitiable world as a place in which young school children like themselves discover what they like and can do well, and dream of developing those qualities for the future.” —Lidwien Kapteijns,  African Access Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Muktar lives in an orphanage on the border of Kenya and Somalia. He daydreams about his old life with his family and especially tending...

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