Iranian American

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Ages 12 and up, Iran, Iranian American, Middle East, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel By Firoozeh Dumas Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2016 Description Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American...

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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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I Remember Warm Rain

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 12 and up, Iranian American, Iraqi, Kenya, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Somalia, Sudan, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on I Remember Warm Rain

I Remember Warm Rain

I Remember Warm Rain Photos by Laura Lewis Published by The Telling Room Find a copy from The Telling Room Store     Description Fifteen students, from countries such as Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, and Iran are represented in our first anthology, I Remember Warm Rain. In it, you meet Ali killing hyenas and Arunda speaking to his father by phone after ten years of believing he is dead. You meet Kahiye, revealing his first experience of snow, and Stella doing something once forbidden to her, playing a game she loves: soccer. These rich stories were written as part of The Telling...

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Moon Watchers

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 07 and up, Iranian American, Islamic, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Moon Watchers

Moon Watchers

Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle By Reza Jalali Illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien Published by Tilbury House “Non-Muslim readers will walk away with a more developed global perspective, [and] Muslims will relate the tale to their own Ramadan experiences” —ForeWord Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Looking through the tall trees in their backyard in Maine, Shirin and her dad search for a glimpse of the new moon, the sign that the month of Ramadan has begun. Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world pray, fast, and pay...

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Creating a New Neighbor Book – An Author/Illustrator’s Journey

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Author / Illustrator Research, Cambodian American, Iranian American, Muslim, Muslim American | Comments Off on Creating a New Neighbor Book – An Author/Illustrator’s Journey

Creating a New Neighbor Book – An Author/Illustrator’s Journey

“Veasna remembered her own escape from the war, lost in a bamboo forest, fearing wolves and other wild animals, saying to herself, ‘I’m going to die here.'” Children’s author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien was featured on the International Reading Association’s ENGAGE Teacher to Teacher blog telling how her community relationships fed the creation of the children’s book set in the Cambodian American community, A Path of Stars (Charlesbridge Publishing) and Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle (Tilbury House Publishing). Read the...

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