Theme: Cultural Identity

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 | Comments Off on Amina’s Voice

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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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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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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Deep in the Sahara

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in African (West), Ages 04 and up, Mauritania, Mauritianian, Muslim, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Deep in the Sahara

Deep in the Sahara

Deep in the Sahara   By Kelly Cunnane Illustrated by Hoda Hadadi Published by Schwartz & Wade “The warm, affirming portrait of Islam (“A malafa is for faith”) makes this a valuable resource for both Muslim audiences and a broader readership interested in potentially unfamiliar customs and observances of faith.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Lalla lives in the Muslim country of Mauritania, and more than anything, she wants to wear a malafa, the colorful cloth Mauritanian women, like her mama and big sister, wear to...

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Yes! We Are Latinos

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Latino, Multicultural, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Yes! We Are Latinos

Yes! We Are Latinos

Yes! We Are Latinos By Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy Illustrated by David Diaz Published by Charlesbridge Publishers Available August 2013 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description Through first-person poems and descriptive prose, thirteen different Latino and Latina young people are introduced to readers. The histories of immigrants from various countries and in numerous situations are presented in a way that is both heartwarming and informational. Young Latino and Latina readers will find themselves in the text and non-Latino children can learn of...

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The Garden of My Imaan

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Indian American, Islamic, Moroccan American, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on The Garden of My Imaan

The Garden of My Imaan

The Garden of my Imaan By Farhana Zia Published by Peachtree Publishers “People of all religions and other minority groups will appreciate and relate to Aliya’s experiences and hopefully seek to improve themselves.” –Children’s Literature “…Zia’s gentle message–that Muslims come from many cultures whose observances differ, while the long shadow of 9/11 hovers over all–is timely and beautifully conveyed.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Aliya already struggles with trying to fit in, feeling...

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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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Noodle Pie

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Asia (Southeast), Australia, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Vietnam, Vietnamese | Comments Off on Noodle Pie

Noodle Pie

Noodle Pie By Ruth Starke Published by Kane/Miller Book Publishers “Despite his heritage, Andy observes contemporary Vietnam through Western assumptions and values. With the few Australian terms easily understood in context, his comments on foods, customs, and attitudes will amuse and resonate with U.S. readers in a rare, lighthearted Vietnam novel.” –Booklist   Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description It’s Andy’s first trip on an airplane when he and his dad travel to Vietnam to meet all his relatives. Talk about culture shock! Everyone calls him by...

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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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Crouching Tiger

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (East), Chinese American, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Crouching Tiger

Crouching Tiger

Crouching Tiger By Ying Chang Compestine Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene Published by Candlewick Press “Discipline and warmth bring a child and his Chinese grandfather closer together…Compestine creates a simple portrait of a familiar cultural bridge” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Vinson is very excited when his grandfather comes from China for a visit. When Grandpa practices tai chi in the garden, Vinson asks to learn, hoping it will be like kung fu, full of kicks and punches. But tai chi’s meditative postures are slow and...

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Vietnamerica

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on Vietnamerica

Vietnamerica

Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey By GB Tran Published by Villard/ Random House Publishers “If you have ever felt a connection to the immigrant experience, if you are born of a generation that benefited from the bruises and blood of the one that came before, then this memoir will resonate as literature rarely does. And if this is the first time you’ve looked deeply at the story of the Vietnamese diaspora, then know that this is the sort of grand epic that begins to make sense only when told through the words of people who lived it.” –Racebending Find a copy at Amazon |...

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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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Migrant

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Mennonite, Mexico, Multinational/Multicultural, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Historical, Theme: Migrant Life | Comments Off on Migrant

Migrant

Migrant By Maxine Trottier Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault Published by Groundwood Books “…[Anna’s] sense of herself as a rootless outsider is broadly applicable to other, perhaps all, migrant groups…a moving, inventive and thoughtful look at a way of life many people share.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Anna is the child of Mennonites from Mexico, who have come north to harvest fruit and vegetables. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall, sometimes like a jack rabbit...

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Memories of the Sun

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in African American, Ages 13 and up, Multinational/Multicultural, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Memories of the Sun

Memories of the Sun

Memories of the Sun: Stories of Africa and America Edited by Jane Kurtz Published by HarperCollins Publishers “This riveting collection of poems and short stories by award-winning African and African-American writers shares the complexities and surprises of living between two cultures and sometimes of one’s own culture. At the heart of many entries is the search for identity and, in many cases, identity derives from where characters find themselves at the moment” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description What is it like to grow up in...

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I Remember Warm Rain

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 12 and up, Iranian American, Iraqi, Kenya, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Somalia, Sudan, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on I Remember Warm Rain

I Remember Warm Rain

I Remember Warm Rain Photos by Laura Lewis Published by The Telling Room Find a copy from The Telling Room Store     Description Fifteen students, from countries such as Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, and Iran are represented in our first anthology, I Remember Warm Rain. In it, you meet Ali killing hyenas and Arunda speaking to his father by phone after ten years of believing he is dead. You meet Kahiye, revealing his first experience of snow, and Stella doing something once forbidden to her, playing a game she loves: soccer. These rich stories were written as part of The Telling...

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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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19 Varieties of Gazelle

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 10 and up, Arab American, Middle Eastern, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on 19 Varieties of Gazelle

19 Varieties of Gazelle

19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East By Namoi Shihab Nye Published by HarperCollins Children’s “…These poems show what life is like for Arab Americans who are tied to two very different worlds. Caught painfully between these two worlds, they feel the horror and sadness over the terrorist acts yet are aware of the many innocent Arabs who have become victims as well…This collection can help teens understand a different point of view and a culture with which most teens are not familiar” —Jennifer Rice, VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N...

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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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Red Hot Salsa

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Latino, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Red Hot Salsa

Red Hot Salsa

Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States Edited by Lori Marie Carlson Published by Henry Holt and Company “By turns humorous and poignant, nostalgic and immediate, these poems represent a diversity of experiences, underpinned by emotions that anyone can recognize.” —Marilyn Taniguchi, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Ten years after the publication of the acclaimed Cool Salsa, editor Lori Marie Carlson has brought together a stunning variety of Latino poets for a long-awaited follow-up....

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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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