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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...

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I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in I'm Your Neighbor News, Welcoming Library | Comments Off on I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library

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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Ages 13 and up, Europe (Unnamed Country), Syria, Syrian, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, Theme: War | Comments Off on Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey By Margriet Ruurs Art by Nizar Badr Translated by Falah Raheem Published by Orca Book Publishers Age Range: 13 and older Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat   “An astonishing book that allows the humanity of refugees to speak louder than politics and introduces readers to one of Syria’s incredible artists.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review   Description This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr,...

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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...

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What It’s Like to Be a Refugee

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Refugee/Immigration Literature (Articles) | Comments Off on What It’s Like to Be a Refugee

What It’s Like to Be a Refugee

  Children’s book author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich shares “Books to Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to Be a Refugee” in an article for Brightly. What favorite book for building understanding?...

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This in an Executive Order: Read 4 Picture Books

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on This in an Executive Order: Read 4 Picture Books

This in an Executive Order: Read 4 Picture Books

I’m Your Neighbor is a website offering children’s immigration stories and books. It is not a site about global or even American politics.  But immigration is a deeply political issue in America and across the globe. Is I’m Your Neighbor about to get political?  I don’t know.  You might need to tell me. This is what I do know.  Stories and books exist to explain things to us, to help us to stop being afraid of things, and to help us feel something for someone we have never met. Stories and books are part of our global culture because they...

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Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Ages 07 and up, Central America, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guatemalan, Guatemalan American, Honduran, Honduras, Latino, Mexican, North America, Salvadoran, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Gangs, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds By Jorge Argueta Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano Published by Groundwood Books Age Range: 7 and older Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Argueta and Ruano present a unique and much-needed perspective on the reasons driving young people to immigrate to the U.S. … extremely vital.” —Booklist, Starred Review   Description Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central...

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