Theme: Community

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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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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Luis Paints the World

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Ages 05 and up, Domincian American, North America, Theme: Community, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: The Arts, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on Luis Paints the World

Luis Paints the World

Luis Paints the World By Terry Farish Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez Published by Lerner Publishing Group Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor for “fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.” Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Nico is joining the Army to see the world. His younger brother, Luis, begins a mural on the alleyway wall to try to convince Nico to stay. But in Nico’s absence, Luis’s world expands along with the mural in their...

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Two White Rabbits

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Guatemalan, Latino, Mexican, Mexico, Salvadoran, South American, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | 1 comment

Two White Rabbits

Two White Rabbits By Jairo Buitrago Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng Published by Groundwood Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “An important and timely picture book for every library collection.”  —School Library Journal  Description In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the U.S. border. They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn’t know where they are going. She counts the animals by the road, the clouds in the sky, the stars....

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The Seeds of Friendship

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African (Unnamed Region), Ages 05 and up, Theme: Community, Theme: The Arts, United States | Comments Off on The Seeds of Friendship

The Seeds of Friendship

The Seeds of Friendship By Michael Foreman Illustrated by Michael Foreman Published by Candlewick Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “the story imagines a city supportive of immigrants and ready to befriend them.” —Publishers Weekly Description How can Adam bring the green warmth of home to his new urban world? An inspiring fable from Michael Foreman about making friendship grow. Adam feels alone in the strange new city. He misses his old friends and the colors of his faraway home. It’s fun to build snow animals with children in his new neighborhood, but Adam’s...

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Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Cuban American, Latino, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Identity, Theme: Oral Traditions | Comments Off on Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá

Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá

Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá By Laura Lacamara Illustrated by Yuyi Morales Published by Harper Collins Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “…filled with whimsy and humor about the power of voice and family.” –Kirkus Reviews   Description Anita comes home from school on her seventh birthday to find her mother singing opera and floating in the air. Outside, her dog, Tito, is also floating. “‘It’s been happening all day, every time I sing!'” says Mama. Then Anita realizes that everyone who hears the music...

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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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Diamonds in the Shadow

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in African (West), Ages 12 and up, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Diamonds in the Shadow

Diamonds in the Shadow

Diamonds in the Shadow By Caroline Clooney Published by Random House Children’s Books “Cooney’s Connecticut church has sponsored war refugee families, and her stirring teen novel neither sensationalizes nor minimizes the brutality of their experiences.” –Hazel Rochman, Booklist “Although a work of fiction, it is the kind of story that will give readers pause to consider the world outside their neighborhood comfort zone” –Pat Trattles, Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Through their love for people, yet...

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The No. 1 Car Spotter

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in African (West), Ages 07 and up, Nigerian American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on The No. 1 Car Spotter

The No. 1 Car Spotter

The No. 1 Car Spotter By Atinuke Illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell Published by Kane Miller Books “One of Atinuke’s gifts is her ability to tell her stories with humor while introducing serious topics to younger readers…A welcome addition to the very small selection of books — particularly early chapter books — about modern Africa.” –Robin Smith, Horn Book Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is Number 1. He’s the Number 1 car spotter in his village. The Number 1 car spotter in the world! The start of an...

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Anna Hibiscus

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in African (West), Ages 07 and up, Nigerian American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus By Atinuke Illustrated by Lauren Tobia Published by Kane Miller Books “Each of the four chapters tells a complete story and, while presenting clear cultural differences, explores themes that are universal and child-centered…Never didactic, the fluid storytelling is enhanced by Tobia’s charming illustrations.” –Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a...

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Bread Song

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Asia (Southeast), Thai American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Bread Song

Bread Song

Bread Song By Frederick Lipp Illustrated by Jason Gaillard Published by Mondo Pub 2006 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Picture Book Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N           Description Hoping to make eight-year-old Chamnan, a new immigrant from Thailand, feel more at home, the owner of a Portland, Maine bakery invites him and his grandfather to hear the bread sing. Reviews & Accolades 2006 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Picture Book Groups Represented Thai American Themes Immigration, Family relationships,...

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A Game for Swallows

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Ages 13 and up, Lebanese, Lebanon, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Religious Differences, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on A Game for Swallows

A Game for Swallows

A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return By Zeina Abirached Translated by Edward Gauvin Published by Graphic Universe “For young readers, “A Game for Swallows” will come as a revelation. At a time when the Middle East is still in turmoil and when Americans have suffered losses of electricity and other necessities during recent storms and floods, this is a story that will hit home even as it causes young, impressionable eyes to look at life abroad.” –The New York Times Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description When Zeina was born, the civil war in Lebanon...

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Outcasts United

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 12 and up, Iraqi, Jordanian, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Outcasts United

Outcasts United

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town By Warren St. John Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers “…An uplifting underdog story that will appeal to readers interested in the immigrant experience and the surprising role sports can play in people’s lives.” –Kirkus Reviews “Not merely about soccer, St. John’s book teaches readers about the social and economic difficulties of adapting to a new culture and the challenges facing a town with a new and disparate population” —School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon...

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New Mainers

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Cambodian American, Chinese American, Indian American, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on New Mainers

New Mainers

New Mainers: Portraits of our Immigrant Neighbors By Pat Nyhan Photography by Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest Published by Tilbury House Publishers “The personal stories are what make this book a much-needed education about where Maine fits into the global agenda…. It’s new and it’s startling, and I believe that reading it is certain to enrich a reader’s interest in the greater world and all it has to offer.” —Capital Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Who are these new Mainers, and why have they come here? They are from...

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Wachale!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Latino, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Identity | Comments Off on Wachale!

Wachale!

Wachale! Poetry and Prose about Growing Up Latino Edited by Ilan Stavans Published by Cricket Books/Marcato “For those who have grown up speaking English and Spanish, occasionally blending the two languages into the colorful hybrid commonly referred to as Spanglish, this book will stir deeply rooted memories. For non-Hispanics with an interest in Latino culture, it opens a window onto a people whose zest for life, contagious humor, and vigorous spirit contribute a rich flavor to America’s vast multicultural society.” —VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N  ...

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Help Wanted

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity | Comments Off on Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Help Wanted By Gary Soto Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “Soto’s compassion for his characters and his personal humanity make him an inspiring role model for youthful Hispanic writer aspirants: but all teens will be heartened by his warm, respectful, and humorous depiction of their lives.” —Charlotte Richardson, Paper Tigers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description These and other teens need help if they’re ever going to decipher the weirdness of everyday life in these hilarious, heartfelt, and unflinchingly real short stories. The...

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An Island Like You

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Puerto Rican, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on An Island Like You

An Island Like You

An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio By Judith Ortiz Cofer Published by Scholastic Books/Orchard Books “[Cofer’s] contemporary teenage voices are candid, funny, weary, and irreverent in these stories about immigrant kids caught between their Puerto Rican families and the pull and push of the American dream.” —Booklist “Simultaneously serious, funny, and extremely lyrical, Cofer’s intonation is authentic and her book has real worth.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Rita is exiled to Puerto Rico for a summer with...

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Something About America

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Eastern European, Kosovar American, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Something About America

Something About America

Something About America By Maria Testa Published by Candlewick “…her stirring words enhance a sense of the characters’ experiences and emotions, particularly those of a young person caught between cultures” —Gillian Engberg, Booklist “Simplicity of language is a powerful counterpoint to the emotional complexity of the immigrants’ story” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description What happens to a dream divided? Draping colorful scarves around her neck, the thirteen-year-old from Kosova...

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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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Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (East), Chinese American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic

Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic

Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic By Ginnie Lo Illustrated by Beth Lo Published by Lee & Low Books “Readers will feel a kinship with the young cousins, who are isolated at first, but soon become the center of an annual tradition.” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Jinyi and her sister love visiting Auntie and Uncle Yang’s home, where they enjoy dumpling-eating contests and backyard adventures with their cousins. One weekend, on a Sunday drive among the cornfields near Chicago, Auntie Yang spots something she has never before seen...

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