Theme: Multicultural Friendship

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Ages 14 and up, Mexican American, Mexico, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | 0 comments

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter By Erika L. Sanchez Published by Random House Children’s Books Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Part detective story, part coming-of-age tale, Sánchez’s novel doesn’t shy from heavy subject matter.  —The New York Times Book Review Description Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. Then...

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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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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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My Two Blankets

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African (Unnamed Region), Ages 04 and up, Australia, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: War | Comments Off on My Two Blankets

My Two Blankets

My Two Blankets By Irena Kobald Illustrated by Freya Blackwood Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   “Loneliness, cultural displacement, tentative friendship, and an explosion of sharing and kindness are accessible even to very young readers.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review   Description Moving is hard—but friends make it easier. In this stunning multicultural picture book illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medalist Freya Blackwood, a young girl has moved to a new country with her auntie, and misses all she’s ever known....

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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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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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Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Central America, Guatemala, Guatemalan, Honduran, Honduran American, Latino, Mexican, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

Reading Harry Potter increases tolerance? A new study conducted in Italy and England and published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology showed that young people that read J.K. Rowling’s series and discussed sections of the book that deal with prejudice showed improved attitudes towards immigrants, GBLTQ citizens, and other minority groups. More here. Imagine that. Those who identified with Harry standing up for mudbloods and house elves and thwarting the malevolence of the Malfoys are better citizens. Speaking of citizens and the need to be better, there are certain American citizens...

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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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The Voyage

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on The Voyage

The Voyage

The Voyage By Veronica Salinas Illustrated by Camilla Engman Published by Groundwood Books Salinas’s musings on the subject of change will resonate especially with those who’ve had to move to a new home or immigrate to another country.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description In this delightful picture book, a small duck finds himself in a place full of unusual creatures who speak an unfamiliar language. Eventually, he meets an animal whose big feet are just like his own. And with a friend by his side, he soon can feel at home. First published...

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Here I Am

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Here I Am

Here I Am

Here I Am By Patti Kim Illustrated by Sonia Sanchez Published by Capstone Young Readers “Sánchez has captured a kaleidoscope of emotion and powerful sensations in a way children will grasp completely. It’s The Arrival for younger readers.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits, games, and gestures are puzzling. They boy clings tightly to his special keepsake from...

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When Christmas Feels Like Home

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on When Christmas Feels Like Home

When Christmas Feels Like Home

When Christmas Feels Like Home By Gretchen Griffith Illustrated by Carolina Farias Published by Albert Whitman and Co. Available September 1, 2013 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N         Description After moving from a small village in Mexico to a town in the United States, Eduardo is sure it will never feel quite like home. The other children don’t speak his language and they do not play fútbol. His family promises him that he will feel right at home by the time Christmas comes along, when “your words float like clouds from your mouth” and...

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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 a Party!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, South American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on What a Party!

What a Party!

What a Party! By Ana Maria Machado Illustrated by Hélène Moreau Published by Groundwood Books “An effervescent celebration of the best possibilities of urban multiculturalism. Readers will want to move right in.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description If it is just a few days until your birthday, and your mother says you can invite anyone you like to come over to play, be careful! If you don’t watch out, you might soon be having the craziest party ever. Before you know it, night could come and go and a new day could begin,...

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Tell Us We’re Home

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Eastern European, Mexican American, Multinational/Multicultural, Slovakian American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Trinidadian American | Comments Off on Tell Us We’re Home

Tell Us We’re Home

Tell Us We’re Home By Marina Budhos Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers “These fully realized heroines are full of heart, and their passionate struggles against systemic injustice only make them more inspiring. Keenly necessary.” –Kirkus Reviews “These three girls are outcasts, like many teens, and the story may resonate with readers who often feel like outsiders looking in.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eighth-grade girls in the wealthy suburb of...

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Star in the Forest

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Star in the Forest

Star in the Forest

Star in the Forest By Laura Resau Published by Yearling “This beautifully written story will lead to discussions among young readers and perhaps foster a better understanding of the plight of illegal Mexican workers in the United States today.” –Children’s Literature “Resau introduces preteens to the drama that thousands of children of immigrants face in the United States…A story of friendship that will speak to children of different cultures.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Zitlally’s family is undocumented,...

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Life, After

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Argentina, Argentinean American, Jewish, South American, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Life, After

Life, After

Life, After By Sarah Darer Littman Published by Scholastic Press Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year, 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Teens, 2011 [Life, After] shows a place and part of recent history left mostly unexamined in YA literature, highlighting an act of terrorism in Argentina and a Latin American immigrant.” –Rhona Campbell, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Dani’s life in Argentina—private school, a boyfriend, a loving family—is crumbling quickly. To escape from a country in crisis, where it feels...

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No English

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Argentinean American, South American, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on No English

No English

No English By Jacqueline Jules Illustrated by Amy Huntington Published by Spry Publishing/Mitten Press “…This gentle story succeeds in showing that there is much for children coming from other countries to get used to in school, which means that settling down to formal learning is a gradual process that requires a lot of respect and understanding.” –Aline Pereira, Paper Tigers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description “No English” is all that Blanca, the new girl from Argentina, says. She spends her time drawing pictures instead of doing class work and...

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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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Shooting Kabul

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 07 and up, Asian (Central), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Xenophobia | Comments Off on Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul By N.H. Senzai Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers “For all of Fadi’s differences from his Fremont, California classmates, he will still seem very familiar to many middle schoolers. The novel allows readers a view of a different culture and provides background for events that still plague us today.”—Steven Kral, VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In the summer of 2001, twelve year old Fadis parents make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move the family to the United States. When...

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