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Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Ages 14 and up, Iranian American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, Theme: War, United States | 0 comments

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card By Sara Saedi Published by Random House Children’s Books Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat With gumption, Saedi draws from her American-ness and Iranian-ness for a successful depiction of immigrant life in the U.S.: a must-read.  —Kirkus Reviews Description At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she...

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Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Ages 10 and up, Asian (West), Iraq, Iraqi, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Historical, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | 0 comments

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein By Jennifer Roy, Ali Fadhil Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat …a disturbing but accessible portrait of a civilian child’s perspective on war.  —Publishers Weekly Description At the start of 1991, eleven-year-old Ali Fadhil was consumed by his love for soccer, video games, and American television shows. Then, on January 17, Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein went to war with thirty-four nations led by the United States. Over the next...

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The Breadwinner

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 10 and up, Asian (Central), Theme: Child Labor, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | 0 comments

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner Original book by Deborah Ellis (Graphic novel adapted from feature film) Published by Groundwood Books Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A realistic view of the contemporary migrant scene, along with complex truths about race and class.”  —Booklist Description This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan....

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Saints & Misfits

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 14 and up, Muslim American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Religious Differences, Theme: Trauma, United States | 0 comments

Saints & Misfits

Saints & Misfits By S.K. Ali Published by Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “This timely and authentic portrayal is an indisputable purchase in the realistic fiction category.”  —School Library Journal Description There are three kinds of people in my world: 1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t...

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Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 09 and up, Indian American, Mexican American, Muslim, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Historical, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Race, Theme: Racial Discrimination, Theme: Repression, Theme: War, United States | 0 comments

Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh By Uma Krishnaswami Published by Lee & Low Books, Inc. Age Range: 9+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “This historical sports story will appeal to many elementary-aged students and provides a rich basis for a discussion of prejudice and the importance of standing up for one’s beliefs.”  —School Library Journal Description Nine-year-old Maria Singh longs to play softball in the first-ever girls’ team forming in Yuba City, California. It’s the spring of 1945, and...

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Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 08 and up, Chinese American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: The Arts, United States | 0 comments

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Authors Extraordinaire By Susan Tan Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte Published by Roaring Brook Press Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Readers will identify with Cilla and wish they were friends with her in real life.”  —School Library Journal Description Priscilla “Cilla” Lee-Jenkins is on a tight deadline. Her baby sister is about to be born, and Cilla needs to become a bestselling author before her family forgets all about her. So she writes about what...

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It’s Not Like It’s A Secret

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 13 and up, Chinese American, Japanese American, Mexican American, North America, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Race, United States, Vietnamese American | 0 comments

It’s Not Like It’s A Secret

It’s Not Like It’s A Secret By Misa Sugiura Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 13+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Well-paced, brimming with drama, and utterly vital.” —Kirkus Reviews Description Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like the fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there’s the one that she can barely even admit to herself—the one about...

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We Came To America

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in Ages 05 and up, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Repression, Theme: Survival | 0 comments

We Came To America

We Came To America By Faith Ringgold Published by Random House Children’s Books Age Range: 5+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…teaches valuable lessons and boldly addresses sensitive topics like voluntary and involuntary immigration.” —Children’s Literature Description From the Native Americans who first called this land their home, to the millions of people who have flocked to its shores ever since, America is a country rich in diversity. Some of our ancestors were driven by dreams and...

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Their Great Gift

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in Ages 08 and up, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | 0 comments

Their Great Gift

Their Great Gift By John Coy Photography by Wing Young Huie Published by Lerner Publishing Group Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A heartfelt reminder of a significant American ideal.” —Kirkus Reviews Description Simple text and thought-provoking photographs offer an utterly distinctive look at immigration to the United States through the eyes of children from many different backgrounds. Reviews & Accolades “Coy (Hoop Genius) and photographer Huie (Looking for Asian America), in his...

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That’s NOT How You Do It

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Ages 03 and up, Theme: Allegory, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: The Arts | 0 comments

That’s NOT How You Do It

Thats NOT How You Do It By Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar Published by Child’s Play-International Age Range: 3+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “This story, with its gentle message of not only accepting differences but learning from them, is an effective read-aloud and a worthy addition to most collections.”  —School Library Journal Description Lucy knows how to do everything. She knows how to eat with a spoon and fork, play the xylophone, paint elephants – and lots more besides! All her friends ask her for...

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