Theme: Cultural Differences

A Different Pond

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Ages 06 and up, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: War, United States, Vietnamese, Vietnamese American | 0 comments

A Different Pond

A Different Pond By Bao Phi Illustrated By Thi Bui Published by Capstone Young Readers Age Range: 6+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Spare and simple, a must-read for our times.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Featured on the 2017 Children’s Best Books Lists including Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Washington Post, Kirkus, New York Public Library, and more! Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son—and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about...

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You Bring The Distant Near

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in African American, Ages 12 and up, Asian (South), Bengali American, England, India, Indian American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, United States | Comments Off on You Bring The Distant Near

You Bring The Distant Near

You Bring The Distant Near By Mitali Perkins Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews!   Description This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture—for better or worse. From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their...

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It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Ages 12 and up, Iran, Iranian American, Middle East, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel By Firoozeh Dumas Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2016 Description Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American...

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A Long Pitch Home

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Ages 09 and up, Asian (Southwest), Muslim, Muslim American, North America, Pakistan, Pakistani American, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, United States | Comments Off on A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch Home By Natalie Dias Lorenzi Published by Charlesbridge Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to...

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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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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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Written in the Stars

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Ages 14 and up, Middle East, Pakistan, Pakistani, Pakistani American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Identity | Comments Off on Written in the Stars

Written in the Stars

  Written in the Stars  By Aisha Saeed Published by Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “Movingly conveys the intense cultural pressure that motivates Naila’s parents and the heartbreaking betrayal Naila feels as she is deprived of her rights, cut off from the outside world, and threatened with shame and death. Saeed includes resources for those who, like Saif’s family, wish to help real-life Nailas, in this wrenching but hopeful story.” —Publisher’s Weekly     Description This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust...

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A Thirst From Home

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Ages 06 and up, Ethiopia, Theme: Adoption, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Separation & Reunion | Comments Off on A Thirst From Home

A Thirst From Home

A Thirst From Home: A Story of Water Across the World By Christine Ieronimo Illustrated by Eric Velasquez Published by Walker Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “This book can be read as one of a growing number of immigration stories. An author’s note provides context and prompts for kids to take action.” —Booklist Description Tears, rain, puddles: water keeps Eva Alemitu connected to Emaye, the mother she left behind in Ethiopia, as Eva adjusts to her new life in the U.S. In this hauntingly bittersweet tale, inspired partly by the author’s own life, Ieronimo...

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Big Red Lollipop

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Pakistani, Pakistani American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Big Red Lollipop

Big Red Lollipop

Big Red Lollipop By Rukhsana Khan Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Published by Viking’s Children’s Books “Khan delivers another astute and moving story, ostensibly dealing with sibling rivalry, but actually about hard-won lessons emerging from clashes of identity and assimilation.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Rubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she can’t convince Ami that you just...

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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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A Song for Bijou

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Central America, Haitian American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on A Song for Bijou

A Song for Bijou

A Song for Bijou By Josh Farrar Published by Walker Children’s Farrar handles race and the complexities of interracial relationships by implication, through Alex’s discovery of the vibrant, new (to him) world just blocks away. A solid, timely effort.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Life for Alex Schrader has never involved girls. He goes to an all-boys prep school and spends most of his time goofing around with his friends. But all that changes the first time he meets Bijou Doucet, a Haitian girl recently relocated to...

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Where the Streets Had a Name

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Middle Eastern, Multinational/Multicultural, Palestinian, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Survival, West Bank | Comments Off on Where the Streets Had a Name

Where the Streets Had a Name

Where the Streets Had a Name By Randa Abdel-Fattah Published by Scholastic Press “As she did in Does My Head Look Big in This? (2007) and Ten Things I Hate About Me (2009), Abdel-Fattah introduces a bright, articulate Muslim heroine coping with contemporary life…A refreshing and hopeful teen perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Critically acclaimed author Randa Abdel-Fattah’s middle-grade debut about the journey — and risks — a Palestinian girl will take to save her...

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A Stone in my Hand

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Ages 10 and up, Gaza Strip, Islamic, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Palestinian, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on A Stone in my Hand

A Stone in my Hand

A Stone in my Hand By Cathryn Clinton Published by Candlewick Press “With a sharp eye for nuances of culture and the political situation in the Middle East, Clinton has created a rich, colorful cast of characters and created an emotionally charged novel.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description The year is 1988 in Gaza City, and it has been a month since eleven-year-old Malaak’s father left to seek work in Israel, only to disappear. Every day Malaak climbs to the roof and waits, speaking little to anyone, preferring the company of...

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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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My Friend Mei Jing

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Chinese American, Multinational/Multicultural, Nigerian American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on My Friend Mei Jing

My Friend Mei Jing

My Friend Mei Jing By Anna McQuinn Illustrated by Ben Frey Photography by Irvin Cheung Published by Annick Press “…A book that will get all children seeing how they are more alike than they are different, this book should have a place on most school and public library shelves.” — Tasha Saecker, Waking Brain Cells Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Different cultures. Best friends. Ever since Mei Jing came to Monifa’s school they’ve been best friends. They’re both artistic and like to create wild designs together. They love to play at...

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My Friend Jamal

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Multinational/Multicultural, Polish American, Somali American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on My Friend Jamal

My Friend Jamal

My Friend Jamal By Anna McQuinn Illustrated by Ben Frey Published by Annick Press “What’s great in this book in the new My Friend series is that the friendship celebrates not only connections but also rich diversity.” —Hazel Rochman, Booklist “Joseph’s notes on what he has learned about his friend’s culture add to the usefulness of this matter-of-fact picture of mutual respect and cross-culture harmony.” —Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Different cultures. Fast friends. Jamal and Joseph were born in the...

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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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Drita, My Homegirl

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 09 and up, Eastern European, Kosovar American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Drita, My Homegirl

Drita, My Homegirl

Drita, My Homegirl By Jenny Lombard Published by Penguin Group “More a tale of the power of love than of refugees, this first novel is imbued with the language and customs of Kosova as well as the efforts of a family attempting to regain balance.” —Susan Oliver, School Library Journal “…For her debut novel, Lombard has created two strong and distinct characters, sensitively explores the effects of war on one family, and illuminates the power of friendship to overcome obstacles.” —Beverley Fahey, Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound |...

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