Asian (South)

You Bring The Distant Near

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in African American, Ages 12 and up, Asian (South), Bengali American, England, India, Indian American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, United States | 0 comments

You Bring The Distant Near

You Bring The Distant Near By Mitali Perkins Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews!   Description This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture—for better or worse. From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their...

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My Dadima Wears a Sari

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Indian American, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships | 2 comments

My Dadima Wears a Sari

My Dadima Wears a Sari By Kashmira Sheth Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi Published by Peachtree Publishers “Stories portraying Indian or Indian American families are rare for this age group, and Sheth’s picture-book debut is a sturdy effort.” –Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description This warm, multigenerational story offers a glimpse into the distinctive culture and customs of India, while reinforcing universal themes of love and the importance of family. Every day, Rupa’s grandmother wears a beautiful sari. Dadima wears her saris...

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My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Asian (South), Bangladeshi American, Islamic, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece By Annabel Pitcher Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers “This book is a great catalyst for opening conversations about death and loss as well as difficult discussions about hatred and prejudice.” –Children’s Literature “This debut novel, set in the UK, will resonate with readers in post-9/11 America, many of whom will also relate to the issues of family alcoholism, bullying, and friendship that transcend cultural divisions…Don’t let it fall between the cracks.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at...

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Ask Me No Questions

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Asian (South), Bangladeshi American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Ask Me No Questions

Ask Me No Questions

Ask Me No Questions By Marina Budhos Published by Atheneum Books/Simon Schuster “The teen voice is wonderfully immediate, revealing Nadira’s mixed-up feelings as well as the diversity in her family and in the Muslim community…Readers will feel the heartbreak, prejudice, kindness, and fear.” –Booklist “A perceptive peek into the lives of foreigners on the fringe.” –Kirkus Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description “You forget. You forget you don’t really exist here, that this isn’t your home.” Since...

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The Story of a Pumpkin

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Bhutan, Bhutanese Nepali, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Oral Traditions | Comments Off on The Story of a Pumpkin

The Story of a Pumpkin

The Story of A Pumpkin By Hari Tiwari Illustrated by Dal Rai Published by New Hampshire Humanities Council *Available in September 2012 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description The tale begins: One day, a woman planted a pumpkin seed. It grew and the plant bore fruit. When the pumpkin was young, the woman went to pick it. The pumpkin said, “Don’t pick me now. I’m too young. Let me stay here a while to mature, and I will come to the house by myself.” The woman was surprised that the pumpkin she planted had begun to talk. But she did not pick it. The pumpkin shortly...

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Skunk Girl

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Pakistani American, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Skunk Girl

Skunk Girl

Skunk Girl By Sheba Karmin Published by Farrar Straus Giroux “Karim’s first novel provides a rare exploration of Muslim culture and will be a welcome addition to teen collections.” –Lynn Rutan, Booklist “Whether they share Nina’s circumstances or not, readers will readily identify with her struggle, and they’ll find her an endearing and admirable literary companion.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description If Nina Khan were to rate herself on the unofficial Pakistani prestige point system – the one she’s sure all the...

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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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The Best Eid Ever

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions | Comments Off on The Best Eid Ever

The Best Eid Ever

The Best Eid Ever By Asma Mobin-Uddin Illustrated by Laura Jacobsen Published by Boyds Mills Publisher “This beautifully composed story straddles two worlds-America and Islamic Indo-Pakistani culture…This is a welcome contribution, giving much-needed visibility to a celebration observed by over ten million people in North America.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description It’s Eid, and Aneesa should be happy. But her parents are thousands of miles away for the Hajj pilgrimage. To cheer her up, her grandmother gives her a...

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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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Nadia’s Hands

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Pakistani American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions | Comments Off on Nadia’s Hands

Nadia’s Hands

Nadia’s Hands By Karen English Illustrated by Jonathan Weiner Published by Boyds Mills Press “…an interesting premise – one that rings true for many children of immigrant communities, seeking to find a place and identity…” –Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Saturday is Auntie Laila’s wedding day and Nadia has been chosen as flower girl. The morning of the ceremony, Auntie Amina prepares Nadia’s hands in the traditional way. Using henna, a natural dye, she creates intricate designs,...

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Shine, Coconut Moon

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Asian (South), Sikh American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Shine, Coconut Moon

Shine, Coconut Moon

Shine, Coconut Moon By Neesha Meminger Published by Margaret K McElderry Books “This novel is especially poignant as our country continues to deal with prejudice against Southeast Asians and individuals from the Middle East. Readers will be drawn in to Sam’s story and her struggles to make sense of and combine her two cultures.”  –Booklist “Readers will learn about a unique religion and culture and how it can feel for minorities living and assimilating into American life after September 11.” –Karen Sykeny, VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description...

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I, Doko

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on I, Doko

I, Doko

I, Doko: The Story of a Basket By Ed Young Illustrated by Ed Young Published by Penguin Books “[The illustrations] give dignity, richness and power to a traditional Asian tale that embodies both the Golden Rule and respect for the elderly.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Doko is only a simple basket. It is not only grain from the field that he carries—he has also carried his master’s child, and wood for the fire. He was there when the child became a man and married. And he very nearly had to carry the grandfather away forever....

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The Breadwinner

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), Theme: Repression, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “…The Breadwinner is a potent portrait of life in contemporary Afghanistan, showing that powerful heroines can survive even in the most oppressive and sexist social conditions.” —John Green, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound| B&N     Description Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed —...

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Parvana’s Journey

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), Theme: Family Death, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Parvana’s Journey

Parvana’s Journey

Parvana’s Journey By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “This is an excellent way for young YA’s to understand the plight of the Afghani people.” —Claire Rosser, KLIATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In Parvana’s Journey, the Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Parvana’s father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana knows she must find them. Despite her youth, Parvana sets out alone, masquerading as a boy. She soon meets other children who...

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Mud City

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), Refugee Camp, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Mud City

Mud City

Mud City By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “Shauzia enables Ellis to tell the story of Afghans living as refugees in Pakistan and surviving as beggars and scavengers in the mean streets of Peshawar…The episodic plotting of Mud City enables Deborah Ellis to show her young and mainly western readers what many have likely never read of or considered deeply before.” —Judy Brown, Canadian Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Fourteen-year-old Shauzia dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France, but it...

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Iqbal

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 07 and up, Asian (South), Pakistan, Pakistani, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Child Labor, Theme: Historical, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Iqbal

Iqbal

Iqbal By Francesco D’Adamo Translated by Anne Leonoir Published by Aladdin “An eye-opening, genuinely touching novel.” —Publishers Weekly “Iqbal’s life was not in vain; the accounts here of children who were liberated through his and activist adults’ efforts will move readers for years to come.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused children there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that...

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Four Feet, Two Sandals

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 07 and up, Asian (South), Refugee Camp, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Four Feet, Two Sandals

Four Feet, Two Sandals

By Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed Illustrated by Doug Chayka Published by Eerdmans Books “By keeping the focus squarely on their child characters, Williams and Mohammed illuminate the plight of refugee children” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description When relief workers bring used clothing to the refugee camp, everyone scrambles to grab whatever they can. Ten-year-old Lina is thrilled when she finds a sandal that fits her foot perfectly, until she sees that another girl has the matching shoe. But soon Lina and Feroza meet and decide that...

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