Theme: Family Relationships

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 | 0 comments

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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American Street

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Ages 14 and up, Caribbean, Haiti, Haitian, Haitian American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Detention, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Race, Theme: Racial Discrimination, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | 0 comments

American Street

American Street By Ibi Zoboi Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews! Description In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture. On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s...

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Journey 84

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Ages 10 and up, Mexican, Mexican American, Mexico, North America, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Journey 84

Journey 84

This is not a book, but it is story. This is an ad created by 84 Lumber to air during the 2017 Super Bowl. It was deemed too controversial for the original ad and banned from broadcast. It is a mother and daughter’s symbolic migrant journey towards becoming legal American citizens.

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Mango, Abuela, and Me

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Latino, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Mango, Abuela, and Me

Mango, Abuela, and Me

Mango, Abuela, and Me By Meg Medina Illustrated by Angela Dominguez Published by Candlewick Press Ages 5 and up Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A 2016 Pura Belpré Author Award Honor Book A 2016 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor Book Description When a little girl’s far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language in a tender story written by acclaimed author Meg Medina. Mia’s abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book...

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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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Mama’s Nightingale

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Ages 05 and up, Caribbean, Haitian, Haitian American, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Detention, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation | Comments Off on Mama’s Nightingale

Mama’s Nightingale

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation By Edwidge Danticat Illustrated by Leslie Staub Published by Penguin Young Readers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   “A must-read both for children who live this life of forced separation and those who don’t.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review Description A touching tale of parent-child separation and immigration, from a National Book Award finalist After Saya’s mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother’s warm greeting on their...

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Tortillas and Lullabies / Tortillas y cancioncitas

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Costa Rica, Costa Rican, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational | Comments Off on Tortillas and Lullabies / Tortillas y cancioncitas

Tortillas and Lullabies / Tortillas y cancioncitas

Tortillas and Lullabies/Tortillas y cancioncitas Written By Lynn Reiser Illustrated By Corazones Valientes Published by Greenwillow Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “At the end there is a lullaby in both languages.”–Children’s Literature   Description In English and in Spanish, Lynn Reiser presents the Central American companion book to her Cherry Pies and Lullabies. Again, four generations of mothers and daughters participate in family traditions-this time within a Costa Rican culture in which they share such things as tortilla making and flower gathering....

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Quinito, Day and Night/Quinito, día y noche

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 06 and up, Latino, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Quinito, Day and Night/Quinito, día y noche

Quinito, Day and Night/Quinito, día y noche

Quinito, Day and Night/Quinito, día y noche Written By Ina Cumpiano Illustrated By Jose Ramirez Published by Children’s Book Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description From dawn till dusk, Quinito’s life is full of opposites. In the morning, he’s up and running — fast or slowly, depending on the day. If it’s sunny, he’s off to the park to swing high and low. If it’s a rainy, stay-at-home day, Quinito’s quiet at naptime and noisy at playtime. So much to do before the sun sets! This playful story builds awareness in young readers that everywhere they look, opposites...

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Hairs / Pelitos

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Latino, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Hairs / Pelitos

Hairs / Pelitos

Hairs / Pelitos  By Sandra Cisneros Illustrated by Terry Ybanez Published by Dragonfly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “In any language, in any culture, the dreams and comforts of children across the earth are all the same.” —Children’s Literature Description This bilingual book takes its text from a chapter in Sandra Cisneros’ classic novel The House on Mango Street.  Cisneros and Ybanez introduce the readers to the varies members of a family by focusing particularly on the differences in their hair. Reviews & Accolades “Everybody in our family...

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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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Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cambodian, Cambodian American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Genocide, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Either the Beginning or the End of the World   By Terry Farish Published by Carolrhoda LAB Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Read a Sample Chapter “…a glimpse into the complicated lineage of war-torn areas.” —School & Library Journal, starred review   Description For sixteen years, it’s been just Sofie and her father, living on the New Hampshire coast. Her Cambodian immigrant mother has floated in and out of her life, leaving Sofie with a fierce bitterness toward her—and a longing she wishes she could outgrow. To me she is as unreliable as the wind. Then...

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The Day My Father Became A Bush

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Ages 09 and up, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion | Comments Off on The Day My Father Became A Bush

The Day My Father Became A Bush

The Day My Father Became a Bush By Joke van Leeuwen Illustrated by Joke van Leeuwen Translated by Bill Nagelkerke Published by Lerner Publishing Group Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “A brilliant, eerily engrossing evocation of war as it brushes up against youth—a harsh slice of the world during a mean piece of history.” —Kirkus Reviews   Description A clear-eyed, funny, and off-beat novel about a girl making sense of a baffling world. ; Toda’ s father has gone away to fight in the war. Luckily, he’ s read about camouflage and will be able to hide from...

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The Cat at the Wall

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Ages 10 and up, Israel, Middle Eastern, Palestine, Palestinian, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on The Cat at the Wall

The Cat at the Wall

The Cat at the Wall By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books 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 A cat sneaks into a small Palestinian house on the West Bank that has been commandeered by two Israeli soldiers. The house seems empty, until the cat realizes that a little boy is hiding beneath the floorboards. Should she help him? After all, she’s just a cat. Or is she? She was once a regular North American girl, but that was before she died...

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Walking Home

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Ages 10 and up, Kenya, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Walking Home

Walking Home

Walking Home By Eric Walters Published by Doubleday, Canada Find a copy at Amazon | B&N “Set in both the wilds and slums of Kenya, a powerful story about a brother and sister’s brave journey to find a place to call home.” —Penguin Randomhouse Description  13-year-old Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, can barely recognize what’s become of their lives. Only weeks ago they lived in a bustling Kenyan village, going to school, playing soccer with friends, and helping at their parents’ store. But sudden political violence has killed their father and destroyed...

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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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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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In Too Deep

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in African (Central), Ages 10 and up, Congo, Congolese, Congolese British, England, Tanzania, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Foster Care, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Uncategorized | Comments Off on In Too Deep

In Too Deep

In Too Deep  By Tom Avery Published by Frances Lincoln Sequel to Too Much Trouble Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description “It’s Father,” my brother said. “He’s in trouble. We’ve got to get him.” Prince and Emmanuel are stunned to hear that someone who says she’s their mother is looking for them. Can it really be her, after four long years of separation? The boys are scared and suspicious. And then there’s another shock – they learn that their father is trapped in Tanzania, blackmailed by gangsters to pay off an impossible debt. The boys make a big decision – somehow they...

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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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Same Sun Here

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Ages 10 and up, Asian (Central), Chinese American, Indian American, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Same Sun Here

Same Sun Here

Same Sun Here By Silas House and Neela Vaswani Illustrated by Hilary Schenker Published by Candlewick Press “This tender and breathtakingly honest story about unlikely friendships and finding common ground will captivate readers…audiences will revel in this lovely story about a boy and girl who are not so different from one another after all.” –Lalitha Nataraj, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to...

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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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