Ages 05 and up

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 hope. Others came in chains, or were escaping...

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One Green Apple

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Ages 05 and up, Muslim, North America, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Migrant Life, United States | 0 comments

One Green Apple

One Green Apple By Eve Bunting Illustrated By Ted Lewin Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Age Range: 5+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…a very gentle story about being new and different, with the author delivering her message in her classically subtle style.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah...

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A Piece Of Home

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Ages 05 and up, Korean, North America, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Migrant Life, United States | 0 comments

A Piece Of Home

A Piece Of Home By Jeri Watts Illustrated By Hyewon Yum Published by Candlewick Press Age Range: 5+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Immigrant children will relate to the head-spinning switch from ordinary to different, and their classmates might better understand the emotional impact of moving to a foreign land.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description When Hee Jun’s family moves from Korea to West Virginia, he struggles to adjust to his new home. His eyes are not big and round like his classmates’, and he can’t understand anything the teacher says, even when she speaks...

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Islandborn

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Ages 05 and up, Domincian American, Dominican, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life | 0 comments

Islandborn

Islandborn By Junot Diaz Illustrated By Leo Espinosa Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 5+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “From its very first sentence, this first picture book from Díaz is both beautifully nuanced and instantly comprehensible…”  —Publishers Weekly Description Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places. So when Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t...

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French Toast

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Ages 05 and up, Canada, Jamaican American, North America, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Race | Comments Off on French Toast

French Toast

French Toast By Kari-Lynn Winters Illustrated by Francois Thisdale Published by Pajama Press Age Range: 5 – 8 Years Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Phoebe—half Jamaican, half French-Canadian—hates her school nickname of “French Toast.” So she is mortified when, out on a walk with her Jamaican grandmother, she hears a classmate shout it out at her. To make things worse, Nan-Ma, who is blind, wants an explanation of the name. How can Phoebe describe the color of her skin to someone who has never seen it? “Like tea, after you’ve added the milk,” she...

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I’m New Here: Classroom & Community Guide to Welcoming Immigrants

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Ages 05 and up, Engagement Projects | Comments Off on I’m New Here: Classroom & Community Guide to Welcoming Immigrants

I’m New Here: Classroom & Community Guide to Welcoming Immigrants

View & Download I’m New Here: Creating a Conversation About Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees: A Classroom or Community Event Kit Reader Engagement Project: THE BOOK 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. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity....

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Luis Paints the World

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Ages 05 and up, Domincian American, North America, Theme: Community, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: The Arts, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on Luis Paints the World

Luis Paints the World

Luis Paints the World By Terry Farish Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez Published by Lerner Publishing Group Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor for “fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.” Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Nico is joining the Army to see the world. His younger brother, Luis, begins a mural on the alleyway wall to try to convince Nico to stay. But in Nico’s absence, Luis’s world expands along with the mural in their...

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The Seeds of Friendship

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African (Unnamed Region), Ages 05 and up, Theme: Community, Theme: The Arts, United States | Comments Off on The Seeds of Friendship

The Seeds of Friendship

The Seeds of Friendship By Michael Foreman Illustrated by Michael Foreman Published by Candlewick Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “the story imagines a city supportive of immigrants and ready to befriend them.” —Publishers Weekly Description How can Adam bring the green warmth of home to his new urban world? An inspiring fable from Michael Foreman about making friendship grow. Adam feels alone in the strange new city. He misses his old friends and the colors of his faraway home. It’s fun to build snow animals with children in his new neighborhood, but Adam’s...

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Mama’s Nightingale

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Ages 05 and up, Caribbean, Haitian, Haitian American, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Detention, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation | Comments Off on Mama’s Nightingale

Mama’s Nightingale

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation By Edwidge Danticat Illustrated by Leslie Staub Published by Penguin Young Readers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   “A must-read both for children who live this life of forced separation and those who don’t.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review Description A touching tale of parent-child separation and immigration, from a National Book Award finalist After Saya’s mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother’s warm greeting on their...

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My Abuelita

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 05 and up, Mexican, Mexico, Theme: Bilingual | Comments Off on My Abuelita

My Abuelita

My Abuelita By Tony Johnston Illustrated by Yuyi Morales Published by Harcourt Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Winner of a 2010 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor!   Description Abuelita’s hair is the color of salt. Her face is as crinkled as a dried chile. She booms out words as wild as blossoms blooming. She stuffs her carcacha—her jalopy—with all the things she needs: a plumed snake, a castle, a skeleton, and more. Her grandson knows he has the most amazing grandmother ever—with a very important job. What does Abuelita do? With her booming voice and wonderful props, Abuelita...

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Cultural Research: I’m New Here

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Ages 05 and up, Author / Illustrator Research, Guatemalan American, Korean American, Somali American, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cultural Research: I’m New Here

Cultural Research: I’m New Here

“I’m New Here grew in my mind over many years of considering recently-arrived, culturally diverse students, as I interacted with them while creating books, speaking in schools, and evaluating available resources. Though there are many wonderful books featuring individual child immigrants, it seemed to me that in the big picture something was missing. Somehow the emphasis was on what immigrant children needed to acquire, as if they arrived as blank slates, needing to be filled. I wanted to focus on the strengths these children already had, leading rich and complex lives in their...

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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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Carmen Learns English

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Ages 05 and up, Mexican, Mexican American, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Carmen Learns English

Carmen Learns English

Carmen Learns English  By Judy Cox Illustrated by Angela Dominquez Published by Holiday House “This is an important book to help mutual understanding in any school where immigrants with little or no English arrive.” –Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz , Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Older sister Carmen tells Lupita, who is about to enter kindergarten, about her first day of school, when she could speak only Spanish. She recalls other children teasing her about saying the wrong words or mocking her accent. Yet with a...

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