Ages 06 and up

The Journey

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Ages 06 and up, Europe (Unnamed Country), Middle East, Middle Eastern (Unnamed Country), Theme: Family Death, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on The Journey

The Journey

The Journey By Francesca Sanna Published by Nobrow Ltd Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…wonderful teaching tool for those who are welcoming refugees into their community. For those who have escaped war, this book might prompt them to share their own stories.” —The New York Times Book Review Description With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will stay...

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Joseph’s Big Ride

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in African (East), African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African American, Ages 06 and up, Kenya, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Joseph’s Big Ride

Joseph’s Big Ride

Joseph’s Big Ride By Terry Farish Illustrated by Ken Daley Published by Annick Press, Limited Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “A joyful, upbeat tale that takes a positive perspective on an immigrant child’s first encounters..” —Kirkus Reviews Description A refugee boy’s determination to ride a bicycle leads to an unexpected friendship. Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike, but he’s too small to ride it. Joseph and his mother travel to America, where everything is...

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Quinito, Day and Night/Quinito, día y noche

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 06 and up, Latino, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Quinito, Day and Night/Quinito, día y noche

Quinito, Day and Night/Quinito, día y noche

Quinito, Day and Night/Quinito, día y noche Written By Ina Cumpiano Illustrated By Jose Ramirez Published by Children’s Book Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description From dawn till dusk, Quinito’s life is full of opposites. In the morning, he’s up and running — fast or slowly, depending on the day. If it’s sunny, he’s off to the park to swing high and low. If it’s a rainy, stay-at-home day, Quinito’s quiet at naptime and noisy at playtime. So much to do before the sun sets! This playful story builds awareness in young readers that everywhere they look, opposites...

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A Thirst From Home

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Ages 06 and up, Ethiopia, Theme: Adoption, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Separation & Reunion | Comments Off on A Thirst From Home

A Thirst From Home

A Thirst From Home: A Story of Water Across the World By Christine Ieronimo Illustrated by Eric Velasquez Published by Walker Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “This book can be read as one of a growing number of immigration stories. An author’s note provides context and prompts for kids to take action.” —Booklist Description Tears, rain, puddles: water keeps Eva Alemitu connected to Emaye, the mother she left behind in Ethiopia, as Eva adjusts to her new life in the U.S. In this hauntingly bittersweet tale, inspired partly by the author’s own life, Ieronimo...

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The Quiet Place

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on The Quiet Place

The Quiet Place

The Quiet Place By Susan Stewart Illustrated by David Small Published by Farrar, Straux and Giroux “Drawn in Small’s signature style, the delicate but vibrant illustrations, along with the pithy narrative vignettes, poignantly capture the emotional hardships and triumphs of the immigrant experience.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description When Isabel and her family move to the United States, Isabel misses all the things she left behind in Mexico, especially her aunt Lupita and hearing people speak Spanish.  But she also...

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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote By Duncan Tonatiuh Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers “Accessible for young readers, who may be drawn to it as they would a classic fable; perfect for mature readers and the classroom, where its layers of truth and meaning can be peeled back to be examined and discussed. An incandescent, humane and terribly necessary addition to the immigrant-story shelf.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his...

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Mali Under the Night Sky

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Laos, Laotian American, Thailand, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Mali Under the Night Sky

Mali Under the Night Sky

Mali Under the Night Sky By Youme Landowne Illustrated by Youme Landowne Published by Cinco Puntos Press “Cinco Puntos Press has made a significant contribution in publishing Mali Under the Night Sky…The book’s value to Laotian families in diaspora is of course incalculable.” –Paper Tigers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Mali Under the Night Sky, a 2011 Skipping Stones honor book, is the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five. Before the war began, Mali lived...

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My Diary from Here to There

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on My Diary from Here to There

My Diary from Here to There

My Diary from Here to There By Amada Irma Pérez Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez Published by Lee and Low Books “Any child who has moved away from a familiar neighborhood or a best friend will identify with Amada, but her story will especially resonate with immigrant kids.” –Linda Perkins, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description One night, Amada overhears her parents whisper about moving from Mexico to Los Angeles, where greater opportunity awaits. As she and her family make the journey north, Amada records her fears, hopes, and...

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Home At Last

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Home At Last

Home At Last

Home at Last By Susan Middleton Elya Illustrated by Felipe Davalos Published by Lee and Low Books “It’s a touching story that speaks to both immigrant and non-immigrant families without guise or pretension.” –Midwest Book Review Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Ana Patino is adjusting well to her new life in the United States, but her mother is having a difficult time because she doesn_t speak English. When Ana_s baby brother falls ill, Mama tries to get help, but no one can understand her. Now convinced of the need to learn the native...

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Uncle Rain Cloud

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Oral Traditions | Comments Off on Uncle Rain Cloud

Uncle Rain Cloud

Uncle Rain Cloud By Tony Johnston Illustrated by Fabricio Vandenbroeck Published by Charlesbridge Publishers “This concise tale about bridging cultures, languages, and generations will strike a chord with many children who are both learning English and translating for their families. The sensitive telling may also help monolingual children understand their classmates who are in that situation.” –Ann Welton, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Uncle Tomàs looks after Carlos, whose hard-working parents get home late. He captivates...

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Crouching Tiger

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (East), Chinese American, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Crouching Tiger

Crouching Tiger

Crouching Tiger By Ying Chang Compestine Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene Published by Candlewick Press “Discipline and warmth bring a child and his Chinese grandfather closer together…Compestine creates a simple portrait of a familiar cultural bridge” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Vinson is very excited when his grandfather comes from China for a visit. When Grandpa practices tai chi in the garden, Vinson asks to learn, hoping it will be like kung fu, full of kicks and punches. But tai chi’s meditative postures are slow and...

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Dia’s Story Cloth

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Hmong American, Refugee Camp, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Dia’s Story Cloth

Dia’s Story Cloth

Dia’s Story Cloth By Dia Cha Stitched by Chue and Nhia Thao Cha Published by Lee and Low Books “Using details from the cloth as illustrations, Cha retells her life story, a meeting of Hmong history and a classic American immigration tale…The text is subdued; it is the needlework that drives home the poignancy of this cataclysmic account. “–Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Published to widespread acclaim in hardcover, “Dia’s Story Cloth” tells the tale of a young girl and her family’s...

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The Lotus Seed

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on The Lotus Seed

The Lotus Seed

The Lotus Seed By Sherry Garland Illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “A thoughtful, beautifully designed book that will find a place in many discussions.”  –Kirkus Reviews “The spare simplicity of Garland’s tale about remembering one’s birthplace is richly amplified by Kiuchi’s arresting, light-filled paintings” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Forced to flee her beloved Vietnam to escape a devastating civil war, a woman takes only her children and a single...

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Faraway Home

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in African (East), Ages 06 and up, Ethiopian American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Faraway Home

Faraway Home

Faraway Home By Jane Kurtz Illustrated by E.B. Lewis Published by Gulliver Books/Harcourt Books “Like Allen Say’s Grandfather’s Journey (1993), this picture book captures the immigrant experience when generations live far apart and even happy family life is mixed with longing for “back home.” –Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description As her father prepares for a trip back to his childhood home in Ethiopia, Desta begins to worry. Where does her father truly belong–in the village of his youth or here in America with her? What was...

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Night of the Moon

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Pakistani American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions | Comments Off on Night of the Moon

Night of the Moon

Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story By Hena Khan Illustrated by Julie Paschkiss Published by Chronicle “Sweet and visually striking, this is a good choice both for children who celebrate these holidays and for others seeking a bridge to their culture.” –Publishers Weekly “Khan deftly weaves information about the culinary and cultural traditions of Ramadan and Eid with the little girl’s love of her family and growing understanding of her role in the outside world.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Yasmeen, a...

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The Whispering Cloth

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Hmong American, Refugee Camp, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on The Whispering Cloth

The Whispering Cloth

The Whispering Cloth: A Refugee’s Story By Pegi Deitz Shea Illustrated by Anita Riggio Published by Boyds Mill Press “…The stitched pictures in folk-art style distance the brutality, both showing and telling that art can be a powerful force…” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Mai spends her days at the Widows’ Store, listening to the Hmong women as they stitch and talk, stitch and talk. They are making pa’ndau—brightly colored story cloths–which they sell to the traders from Chiang Khan. Mai wishes she,...

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Cooper’s Lesson

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (East), Korean American, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Cooper’s Lesson

Cooper’s Lesson

Cooper’s Lesson By Sun Yung Shin Translated by Min Paek Illustrated by Kim Cogan Published by Children’s Book Press “Told in gentle language, this quiet story focuses on the challenges of being caught between two cultures.” —Carolyn Janssen, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Cooper’s Lesson is an inspiring story about identity and intergenerational friendship, featuring a young biracial boy, written in both English and Korean. Cooper has had about enough of being half and half. And he’s really had enough...

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Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (East), Chinese American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic

Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic

Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic By Ginnie Lo Illustrated by Beth Lo Published by Lee & Low Books “Readers will feel a kinship with the young cousins, who are isolated at first, but soon become the center of an annual tradition.” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Jinyi and her sister love visiting Auntie and Uncle Yang’s home, where they enjoy dumpling-eating contests and backyard adventures with their cousins. One weekend, on a Sunday drive among the cornfields near Chicago, Auntie Yang spots something she has never before seen...

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My Name is Sangoel

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 06 and up, Sudanese American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on My Name is Sangoel

My Name is Sangoel

My Name is Sangoel By Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed Illustrated by Catherine Stock Published by Eerdmans Books “…This simple story puts a child-friendly spin on a common immigrant experience as the child’s classmates respond with similar puzzle pictures of their own names.” —Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Sangoel is a refugee. Leaving behind his homeland of Sudan, where his father died in the war, he has little to call his own other than his name, a Dinka name handed down proudly from...

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