Ages 07 and up

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 America. This book of poetry helps us to understand...

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I’m Your Neighbor Creates Video on Welcoming

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Ages 07 and up, Author / Illustrator Research, Engagement Projects | Comments Off on I’m Your Neighbor Creates Video on Welcoming

I’m Your Neighbor Creates Video on Welcoming

By Anne Sibley O’Brien While the book trailer remains a popular way to promote picture books, Kirsten Cappy and I wanted to create a video that might matter to the mission of my picture book, I’m New Here.  Could we model conversations with elementary school children on the universality of “feeling new” and on simple ways to be “welcoming”? It was such a pleasure to do this project with Fred Okot Ben, a young videographer whose work is mostly in music videos. Fred’s qualifications for this project include his own history; his Sudanese family came to...

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The Turtle of Oman

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Ages 07 and up, Middle East, Oman, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on The Turtle of Oman

The Turtle of Oman

The Turtle of Oman By Naomi Shihab Nye Published by Greenwillow Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   “A warm and humorous peek at the profound and mundane details of moving from one country to another—a perfect pick for kids on the move.” — Kirkus Reviews   Description This accessible, exquisite novel shines with gentle humor and explores themes of moving, family, nature, and immigration. It tells the story of Aref Al-Amri, who must say good-bye to everything and everyone he loves in his hometown of Muscat, Oman, as his family prepares to move to Ann Arbor,...

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The No. 1 Car Spotter

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in African (West), Ages 07 and up, Nigerian American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on The No. 1 Car Spotter

The No. 1 Car Spotter

The No. 1 Car Spotter By Atinuke Illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell Published by Kane Miller Books “One of Atinuke’s gifts is her ability to tell her stories with humor while introducing serious topics to younger readers…A welcome addition to the very small selection of books — particularly early chapter books — about modern Africa.” –Robin Smith, Horn Book Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is Number 1. He’s the Number 1 car spotter in his village. The Number 1 car spotter in the world! The start of an...

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Anna Hibiscus

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in African (West), Ages 07 and up, Nigerian American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus By Atinuke Illustrated by Lauren Tobia Published by Kane Miller Books “Each of the four chapters tells a complete story and, while presenting clear cultural differences, explores themes that are universal and child-centered…Never didactic, the fluid storytelling is enhanced by Tobia’s charming illustrations.” –Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a...

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Azzi In Between

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Middle Eastern, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Azzi In Between

Azzi In Between

Azzi In Between By Sarah Garland Illustrated by Sarah Garland Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “A perfect choice for reluctant readers and students like Azzi, learning English as a second language, every school should have this book readily to hand for every child to read – and perhaps it should also become compulsory reading for all government employees who work with asylum seekers.” –Marjorie Coughlan, Paper Tigers
 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Azzi and her parents are in danger. They have to leave their home and escape to...

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Star in the Forest

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Star in the Forest

Star in the Forest

Star in the Forest By Laura Resau Published by Yearling “This beautifully written story will lead to discussions among young readers and perhaps foster a better understanding of the plight of illegal Mexican workers in the United States today.” –Children’s Literature “Resau introduces preteens to the drama that thousands of children of immigrants face in the United States…A story of friendship that will speak to children of different cultures.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Zitlally’s family is undocumented,...

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Shooting Kabul

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 07 and up, Asian (Central), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Xenophobia | Comments Off on Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul By N.H. Senzai Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers “For all of Fadi’s differences from his Fremont, California classmates, he will still seem very familiar to many middle schoolers. The novel allows readers a view of a different culture and provides background for events that still plague us today.”—Steven Kral, VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In the summer of 2001, twelve year old Fadis parents make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move the family to the United States. When...

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A Song for Bijou

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Central America, Haitian American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on A Song for Bijou

A Song for Bijou

A Song for Bijou By Josh Farrar Published by Walker Children’s Farrar handles race and the complexities of interracial relationships by implication, through Alex’s discovery of the vibrant, new (to him) world just blocks away. A solid, timely effort.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Life for Alex Schrader has never involved girls. He goes to an all-boys prep school and spends most of his time goofing around with his friends. But all that changes the first time he meets Bijou Doucet, a Haitian girl recently relocated to...

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After Peaches

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Canada, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life | Comments Off on After Peaches

After Peaches

After Peaches By Michelle Mulder Published by Orca Young Readers “Written in first person with clarity and understanding, this chapter book reflects the experiences and emotions of the many immigrant children who work to fit in despite sometimes feeling ill at ease in their new countries.” –Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description After being teased at school, Rosario vows not to speak English again until she can speak with an accent that’s one hundred percent Canadian. Since she and her parents plan to spend the whole summer working on BC fruit...

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Mohammed’s Journey

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Asian (Central), England, Iraq, Kurdish, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Mohammed’s Journey

Mohammed’s Journey

Mohammed’s Journey: A Refugee Diary By Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young Illustrated by June Allan Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “As students begin to study the reality of our world and the plight of refugees, this title is useful for its perspective.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N           Description Mohammed was born in Kirkuk – the Kurdish part of Iraq. He speaks Kurdish, and now English too. Saddam Hussein persecuted Mohammed’s people long before he was born but...

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Gervelie’s Journey

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in African (Central), Ages 07 and up, Congolese, England, Ivory Coast, Republic of Congo, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Gervelie’s Journey

Gervelie’s Journey

Gervelie’s Journey: A Refugee Story By Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young Illustrated by June Allan Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “Gervelie’s Journey…will be invaluable tools both for refugees who may be seeking mirrors of their own experiences; and for helping to promote understanding among children who welcome refugees into their neighborhoods and schools.” –Marjorie Coughlan, Paper Tigers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description When Nkoula Thesia Gervelie was born in 1995 in the Republic of Congo, her mother and father had a...

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Hamzat’s Journey

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Chechen, Eastern European, England, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Hamzat’s Journey

Hamzat’s Journey

Hamzat’s Journey: A Refugee Diary By Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young Illustrated by June Allan Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “Photos of the real-life Hamzat and of his town are the most compelling element of the work.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description This third book in the Refugee Diary series follows the story of a boy from Chechnya. In 2001 when Chechens were at war with Russia, he was on his way to school in the capital of Grozny when he stepped on a landmine. His leg had to be amputated, and...

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Meltem’s Journey

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Eastern European, England, Germany, Kurdish, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Racial Discrimiation, Turkey | Comments Off on Meltem’s Journey

Meltem’s Journey

Meltem’s Journey: A Refugee Diary By Anthony Robinson Illustrated by June Allan Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “Starkly realistic and eye-opening, if emotionally difficult.” –Kirkus Reviews “The book succeeds in its encouragement of understanding and empathy for Meltem and other refugee children.” –Books for Keeps Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description This fourth book in the Refugee Diary series follows a Kurdish family from Eastern Turkey. 13 year old Meltem tells the story of their journey to the UK, and the...

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Armel’s Revenge

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in African (Central), Ages 07 and up, Congolese, England, Rwandan, Theme: Genocide, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Armel’s Revenge

Armel’s Revenge

Armel’s Revenge By Nicki Cornwell Illustrated by Erika Pal Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “A brave story that highlights how prejudices and hatred can influence the same families for generations.” –IBBY Link Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N         Description Christophe’s been given the job of looking after the new boy in his class. But Armel’s surly attitude makes him very difficult to be friends with. And when he realizes that there is more to Armel’s hostility than meets the eye, Christophe is...

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Christophe’s Story

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in African (Central), Ages 07 and up, England, Rwandan, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Christophe’s Story

Christophe’s Story

Christophe’s Story By Nicki Cornwell Illustrated by Karin Littlewood Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “…Cornwell is able to convey the horror without the distance of an outside voice. It’s a powerful indictment of the savagery of war and its effect on those caught in its path.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description This is the story of a young Rwandan refugee now living in the U.K. Christophe is having trouble getting used to his new school, new language and new life. Life has been very lonely for him....

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Jakarta Missing

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in African (East), African American, Ages 07 and up, Iranian American, Japanese American, Theme: Adoption, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Jakarta Missing

Jakarta Missing

Jakarta Missing By Jane Kurtz Published by Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins “Kurtz convincingly portrays both the bewildering mix of emotions that accompany an expatriate’s return “home” and the complications of family life when adults and young adults have different goals and needs…” –Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal “This is an unusual story, one that may prove highly appealing to those younger YAs interested in exotic locales and comparing other cultures with American life.” –KLIATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N...

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The Storyteller’s Beads

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in African (East), Ages 07 and up, Ethiopia, Ethiopian American, Sudan, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Historical, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on The Storyteller’s Beads

The Storyteller’s Beads

The Storyteller’s Beads By Jane Kurtz Published by Harcourt Children’s Books “Although firmly grounded in the realities of Ethiopian life, which Kurtz (who grew up in Ethiopia) helps the reader see, hear, feel, and smell, the story is also universal, and will provoke reflection on prejudice, tolerance, and identity.” –Children’s Literature “This ultimately heartening novel is a solid addition to the growing body of middle-grade books for a multicultural world.” –Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N...

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Lowji Discovers America

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 07 and up, Asian (South), Indian American, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Lowji Discovers America

Lowji Discovers America

Lowji Discovers America By Candace Fleming Published by Atheneum Books “Similar in tone to a classic like Henry Huggins, this book is nevertheless firmly set in the 21st century and opens a window to what may be an unfamiliar culture to many readers.” –Lauralyn Persson, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description For nearly nine-year-old Lowji, the move from big, busy Bombay, India, to Hamlet, Illinois, in America is beginning to seem like a bummer until he finds the “silver” (silver linings). What Lowji discovers...

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America My New Home

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 07 and up, Central America, Jamaican American, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on America My New Home

America My New Home

America, My New Home By Monica Gunning Illustrated by Ken Condon Published by Boyds Mills Press “Complemented by colorful chalk-and-oil pastels, the poems speak to anyone new to this country, or, as in “Alone at Night,” in which the girl must stay home alone while her mother goes to school at night, to children who have ever felt afraid or helpless.”  —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description From her Caribbean island birthplace, a young girl carries a dream and journeys to a new land that is at once puzzling, frightening, and inspiring....

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