Posts by kirsten@curiouscity.net

One Good Thing About America

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in African (Central), Ages 08 and up, Congolese, Congolese American, Iraqi American, Somali American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Learning English, United States | Comments Off on One Good Thing About America

One Good Thing About America

One Good Thing about America By Ruth Freeman Illustrated by Kathrin Honesta Published by Holiday House Publishing, Inc. Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Highly recommended for libraries seeking timely stories about the immigrant experience.” —School Library Journal Description It’s hard to start at a new school . . . especially if you’re in a new country. Back home, Anais was the best English student in her class. Here in Crazy America she feels like she doesn’t know English at all. Nothing makes sense (chicken...

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I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in I'm Your Neighbor News, Welcoming Library | 3 comments

I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library

  The I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library is a portable book collection and display of acclaimed picture books featuring the immigrant, refugee, or “new arrival” experience. This pilot traveling library will be made available to Maine school and public libraries for monthly loan starting in September 2017. Given the national conversation about immigration, the I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library seeks to raise awareness and build sensitivity for all ages through children’s literature. “The true meeting takes place when the book opens, and a stranger reads about —...

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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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A Distance Widens and Then It Is Crossed

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in IYN: Quotable | Comments Off on A Distance Widens and Then It Is Crossed

A Distance Widens and Then It Is Crossed

“But the most magical moments in reading occur not when I encounter something unknown but when I happen upon myself, when I read a sentence that perfectly describes something I have known or felt all along. I am reminded then that I am really no different from anyone else. . Perhaps that is the secret motive behind every library: to stumble upon ourselves in the lives and lands and tongues of others. And the more foreign the setting, the more poignant the event seems. For a strange thing occurs then: A distance widens and then it is crossed.” . —Hisham Matar from “Books Can...

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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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