Ages 04 and up

Two White Rabbits

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Guatemalan, Latino, Mexican, Mexico, Salvadoran, South American, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | 1 comment

Two White Rabbits

Two White Rabbits By Jairo Buitrago Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng Published by Groundwood Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “An important and timely picture book for every library collection.”  —School Library Journal  Description In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the U.S. border. They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn’t know where they are going. She counts the animals by the road, the clouds in the sky, the stars....

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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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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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My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Mexican, Mexican American, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Identity, United States | Comments Off on My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo

My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo

My Colors, My World/Mis Colores, Mi Mundo Written and Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez Published by Lee & Low Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Winner of a 2010 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor! Description Maya longs to find brilliant, beautiful color in her world. But when the wind blows, desert sand covers everything, and turns her whole neighborhood the color of dust. With the help of a feathered friend, Maya searches high and low to find the colors in her world. And she does―in the vibrant purple of her Mama’s flowers, the juicy green of a prickly cactus, the hot...

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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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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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Big Red Lollipop

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Pakistani, Pakistani American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Big Red Lollipop

Big Red Lollipop

Big Red Lollipop By Rukhsana Khan Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Published by Viking’s Children’s Books “Khan delivers another astute and moving story, ostensibly dealing with sibling rivalry, but actually about hard-won lessons emerging from clashes of identity and assimilation.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Rubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she can’t convince Ami that you just...

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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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My Shoes and I

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, El Salvador, Guatemala, Latino, Mexico, Salvadoran, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on My Shoes and I

My Shoes and I

My Shoes and I By Rene Colato Lainez Illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck Published by Boyds Mills Press “… [T]he book…offers a timely topic portrayed in an interesting, child-centered way; kids looking for reflection of familial experience or exploration of a kind of life they’re not aware of may find reward in traveling with Mario.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description A timely and inspiring story. Mario is leaving his home in El Salvador. With his father by his side, he is going...

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My Dadima Wears a Sari

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Indian American, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships | 2 comments

My Dadima Wears a Sari

My Dadima Wears a Sari By Kashmira Sheth Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi Published by Peachtree Publishers “Stories portraying Indian or Indian American families are rare for this age group, and Sheth’s picture-book debut is a sturdy effort.” –Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description This warm, multigenerational story offers a glimpse into the distinctive culture and customs of India, while reinforcing universal themes of love and the importance of family. Every day, Rupa’s grandmother wears a beautiful sari. Dadima wears her saris...

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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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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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Bread Song

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Asia (Southeast), Thai American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Bread Song

Bread Song

Bread Song By Frederick Lipp Illustrated by Jason Gaillard Published by Mondo Pub 2006 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Picture Book Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N           Description Hoping to make eight-year-old Chamnan, a new immigrant from Thailand, feel more at home, the owner of a Portland, Maine bakery invites him and his grandfather to hear the bread sing. Reviews & Accolades 2006 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Picture Book Groups Represented Thai American Themes Immigration, Family relationships,...

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Silent Music

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Iraq, Iraqi, Middle Eastern, Theme: The Arts | Comments Off on Silent Music

Silent Music

Silent Music: a Story of Baghdad By James Rumford Published by Roaring Brook Press “Told plainly and without bathos, this is one story of how people use art to find understanding.” –The Horn Book Magazine Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description When bombs begin to fall, Ali drowns out the sound of war with a pen. Like other children living in Baghdad, Ali loves soccer, music and dancing, but most of all, he loves the ancient art of calligraphy. When bombs begin to fall on his city, Ali turns to his pen, writing sweeping and gliding words to the silent music that...

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The Story of a Pumpkin

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Bhutan, Bhutanese Nepali, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Oral Traditions | Comments Off on The Story of a Pumpkin

The Story of a Pumpkin

The Story of A Pumpkin By Hari Tiwari Illustrated by Dal Rai Published by New Hampshire Humanities Council *Available in September 2012 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description The tale begins: One day, a woman planted a pumpkin seed. It grew and the plant bore fruit. When the pumpkin was young, the woman went to pick it. The pumpkin said, “Don’t pick me now. I’m too young. Let me stay here a while to mature, and I will come to the house by myself.” The woman was surprised that the pumpkin she planted had begun to talk. But she did not pick it. The pumpkin shortly...

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My Friend Mei Jing

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Chinese American, Multinational/Multicultural, Nigerian American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on My Friend Mei Jing

My Friend Mei Jing

My Friend Mei Jing By Anna McQuinn Illustrated by Ben Frey Photography by Irvin Cheung Published by Annick Press “…A book that will get all children seeing how they are more alike than they are different, this book should have a place on most school and public library shelves.” — Tasha Saecker, Waking Brain Cells Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Different cultures. Best friends. Ever since Mei Jing came to Monifa’s school they’ve been best friends. They’re both artistic and like to create wild designs together. They love to play at...

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My Friend Jamal

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Multinational/Multicultural, Polish American, Somali American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on My Friend Jamal

My Friend Jamal

My Friend Jamal By Anna McQuinn Illustrated by Ben Frey Published by Annick Press “What’s great in this book in the new My Friend series is that the friendship celebrates not only connections but also rich diversity.” —Hazel Rochman, Booklist “Joseph’s notes on what he has learned about his friend’s culture add to the usefulness of this matter-of-fact picture of mutual respect and cross-culture harmony.” —Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Different cultures. Fast friends. Jamal and Joseph were born in the...

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