Central America

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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Two White Rabbits

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Guatemalan, Latino, Mexican, Mexico, Salvadoran, South American, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | 1 comment

Two White Rabbits

Two White Rabbits By Jairo Buitrago Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng Published by Groundwood Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “An important and timely picture book for every library collection.”  —School Library Journal  Description In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the U.S. border. They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn’t know where they are going. She counts the animals by the road, the clouds in the sky, the stars....

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Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Central America, Guatemala, Guatemalan, Honduran, Honduran American, Latino, Mexican, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

Reading Harry Potter increases tolerance? A new study conducted in Italy and England and published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology showed that young people that read J.K. Rowling’s series and discussed sections of the book that deal with prejudice showed improved attitudes towards immigrants, GBLTQ citizens, and other minority groups. More here. Imagine that. Those who identified with Harry standing up for mudbloods and house elves and thwarting the malevolence of the Malfoys are better citizens. Speaking of citizens and the need to be better, there are certain American citizens...

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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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Yes! We Are Latinos

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Latino, Multicultural, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Yes! We Are Latinos

Yes! We Are Latinos

Yes! We Are Latinos By Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy Illustrated by David Diaz Published by Charlesbridge Publishers Available August 2013 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description Through first-person poems and descriptive prose, thirteen different Latino and Latina young people are introduced to readers. The histories of immigrants from various countries and in numerous situations are presented in a way that is both heartwarming and informational. Young Latino and Latina readers will find themselves in the text and non-Latino children can learn of...

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When Christmas Feels Like Home

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on When Christmas Feels Like Home

When Christmas Feels Like Home

When Christmas Feels Like Home By Gretchen Griffith Illustrated by Carolina Farias Published by Albert Whitman and Co. Available September 1, 2013 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N         Description After moving from a small village in Mexico to a town in the United States, Eduardo is sure it will never feel quite like home. The other children don’t speak his language and they do not play fútbol. His family promises him that he will feel right at home by the time Christmas comes along, when “your words float like clouds from your mouth” and...

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My Shoes and I

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, El Salvador, Guatemala, Latino, Mexico, Salvadoran, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on My Shoes and I

My Shoes and I

My Shoes and I By Rene Colato Lainez Illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck Published by Boyds Mills Press “… [T]he book…offers a timely topic portrayed in an interesting, child-centered way; kids looking for reflection of familial experience or exploration of a kind of life they’re not aware of may find reward in traveling with Mario.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description A timely and inspiring story. Mario is leaving his home in El Salvador. With his father by his side, he is going...

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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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What the Moon Saw

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity | Comments Off on What the Moon Saw

What the Moon Saw

What the Moon Saw By Laura Resau Published by Delacourte Press/Random House “…in poetic, memorable language, Resau offers a rare glimpse into an indigenous culture, grounding her story in the universal questions and conflicts of a young teen.” –Gillian Engberg, Booklist “Along with the cultural heritage of the Oaxaca region is the role that restlessness has played in the lives of families there. This is a beautifully told story of finding oneself by holding on to ancient traditions.” –KILATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description...

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Tell Us We’re Home

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Eastern European, Mexican American, Multinational/Multicultural, Slovakian American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Trinidadian American | Comments Off on Tell Us We’re Home

Tell Us We’re Home

Tell Us We’re Home By Marina Budhos Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers “These fully realized heroines are full of heart, and their passionate struggles against systemic injustice only make them more inspiring. Keenly necessary.” –Kirkus Reviews “These three girls are outcasts, like many teens, and the story may resonate with readers who often feel like outsiders looking in.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eighth-grade girls in the wealthy suburb of...

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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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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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The Red Umbrella

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Cuba, Cuban American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on The Red Umbrella

The Red Umbrella

The Red Umbrella By Christina Diaz Gonzalez Published by Random House Children’s Books “Debut author Gonzalez excels at highlighting the cultural difficulties of their transition, as Luca and Frankie eventually end up living with a foster family in rural — and quite foreign — Nebraska.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town,...

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Far From Gringo Land

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Far From Gringo Land

Far From Gringo Land

Far From Gringo Land By Edward Myers Published by Clarion Books “Reading this book is as close as readers can get to their own summer as gringos far from gringo land—a summer all young Americans would be the better for experiencing.” –Children’s Literature “Without bias, the author honestly depicts a rural Mexico that will give young American readers a sense of the good, the bad and the ugly, from the perspective of a young gringo.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Rick Dresner is spending the summer with the Romero...

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Let’s Go See Papá

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Latino, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Let’s Go See Papá

Let’s Go See Papá

Let’s Go See Papá By Lawrence Schimel Translated by Elisa Amado Illustrated by Alba Marina Rivera Published by Groundwood Books “While this is clearly a much-needed story that effectively captures the experience faced by many immigrant families, its themes are relevant to all children.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description The little girl in this story likes Sundays best of all — it’s the day her father calls. She hasn’t seen him for over a year because he works far away across the ocean in the United States. She writes in her notebook...

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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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Under the Same Sky

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Ages 10 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Racial Discrimiation, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Under the Same Sky

Under the Same Sky

Under the Same Sky By Cynthia DeFelice Published by Square Fish “This look at migrant workers carefully lays out many of the issues involved, including the conflicts inherent in the immigration laws, and readers will come away with a new understanding and sympathy for these workers.” –Paula Rohrlick, KILATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description For his fourteenth birthday, Joe Pedersen wants a motorbike that costs nearly a thousand dollars. But his mom says the usual birthday gift is fifty dollars, and his dad wants Joe to earn the rest of the...

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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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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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