Theme: Education

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....

Read More

Words in the Dust

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 09 and up, Asian (Central), Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust By Trent Reedy Published by Arthur A. Levine Books “…[a] deeply moving view of a young girl caught between opportunity and tradition in contemporary Afghanistan.” –Booklist “An inside look at an ordinary Afghanistan family trying to survive in extraordinary times, it is both heart-wrenching and timely.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to...

Read More

Ask Me No Questions

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Asian (South), Bangladeshi American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Ask Me No Questions

Ask Me No Questions

Ask Me No Questions By Marina Budhos Published by Atheneum Books/Simon Schuster “The teen voice is wonderfully immediate, revealing Nadira’s mixed-up feelings as well as the diversity in her family and in the Muslim community…Readers will feel the heartbreak, prejudice, kindness, and fear.” –Booklist “A perceptive peek into the lives of foreigners on the fringe.” –Kirkus Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description “You forget. You forget you don’t really exist here, that this isn’t your home.” Since...

Read More

Tomas and the Library Lady

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Education, Theme: Historical, Theme: Migrant Life | Comments Off on Tomas and the Library Lady

Tomas and the Library Lady

Tomás and the Library Lady By Pat Mora Illustrated by Raul Colón Published by Dragonfly Books “A charming, true story about the encounter between the boy who would become chancellor at the University of California at Riverside and a librarian in Iowa.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Tomás is a son of migrant workers. Every summer he and his family follow the crops north from Texas to Iowa, spending long, arduous days in the fields. At night they gather around to hear Grandfather’s wonderful stories. But before long, Tomás knows all...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More