Somali American

One Good Thing About America

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in African (Central), Ages 08 and up, Congolese, Congolese American, Iraqi American, Somali American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Learning English, United States | Comments Off on One Good Thing About America

One Good Thing About America

One Good Thing about America By Ruth Freeman Illustrated by Kathrin Honesta Published by Holiday House Publishing, Inc. Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Highly recommended for libraries seeking timely stories about the immigrant experience.” —School Library Journal Description It’s hard to start at a new school . . . especially if you’re in a new country. Back home, Anais was the best English student in her class. Here in Crazy America she feels like she doesn’t know English at all. Nothing makes sense (chicken...

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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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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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Out of Nowhere

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in African (East), Ages 12 and up, Somali American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | 1 comment

Out of Nowhere

Out of Nowhere By Maria Padian Published by Random House Children’s Books “The author gracefully explores the intersections between culture and religion, as well as suspicion and prejudice in a post-9/11 world. Her well-formed characters and realistic circumstances make for a large and powerful story about re-evaluating one’s beliefs.” –Publisher’s Weekly “With complex national issues solidly grounded in a thoroughly credible plot, this could be an outstanding vehicle for classroom and book club discussions.” –The Bulletin of the Center for...

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New Mainers

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Cambodian American, Chinese American, Indian American, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on New Mainers

New Mainers

New Mainers: Portraits of our Immigrant Neighbors By Pat Nyhan Photography by Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest Published by Tilbury House Publishers “The personal stories are what make this book a much-needed education about where Maine fits into the global agenda…. It’s new and it’s startling, and I believe that reading it is certain to enrich a reader’s interest in the greater world and all it has to offer.” —Capital Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Who are these new Mainers, and why have they come here? They are from...

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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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Memories of the Sun

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in African American, Ages 13 and up, Multinational/Multicultural, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Memories of the Sun

Memories of the Sun

Memories of the Sun: Stories of Africa and America Edited by Jane Kurtz Published by HarperCollins Publishers “This riveting collection of poems and short stories by award-winning African and African-American writers shares the complexities and surprises of living between two cultures and sometimes of one’s own culture. At the heart of many entries is the search for identity and, in many cases, identity derives from where characters find themselves at the moment” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description What is it like to grow up in...

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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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The Color of Home

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 04 and up, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Theme: Immigration, Theme: The Arts, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Color of Home

The Color of Home

The Color of Home By Mary Hoffman Illustrated by Karin Littlewood Published by Penguin Group “…Readers gain a realistic child’s perspective on what it is like to be forced to emigrate from a war-torn country.” —Ajokei T. I. Kokodoko, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description This remarkably moving picture book follows first-grader Hassan through his first few days at school. Hassan has only recently arrived in the United States after he and his family were forced to flee Somalia, and he deeply misses the colorful landscape...

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