Theme: Building Futures

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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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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Words in the Dust

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 09 and up, Asian (Central), Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust By Trent Reedy Published by Arthur A. Levine Books “…[a] deeply moving view of a young girl caught between opportunity and tradition in contemporary Afghanistan.” –Booklist “An inside look at an ordinary Afghanistan family trying to survive in extraordinary times, it is both heart-wrenching and timely.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to...

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A Long Walk to Water

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in African (East), Ages 10 and up, Sudan, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water By Linda Sue Park Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “Park employs well-chosen details and a highly atmospheric setting to underscore both children’s struggles to survive” –Publisher’s Weekly “Brilliant. . . . A touching narrative about strife and survival on a scale most American readers will never see.”—BookPage Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Nya goes to the pond to fetch water for her family. She walks eight hours every day. Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a “lost boy” refugee,...

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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 Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in African (East), Ages 14 and up, Events & Programs, Sudan, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

The Good Braider Celebrated in Portland, Maine

You are Invited to a Celebration for: THE GOOD BRAIDER A Novel by Terry Farish Set in Portland’s Sudanese Community Thursday, 11/8/12 @ 7:00 PM 7th Floor, Glickman Library University of Southern Maine Portland, Maine Free of Charge Info: Curious City, 207-420-1126 ABOUT THE BOOK “A masterful triumph of character and story.” -Naomi Shihab Nye In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola’s strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family’s journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Here, in the sometimes too...

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Outcasts United

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 12 and up, Iraqi, Jordanian, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Outcasts United

Outcasts United

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town By Warren St. John Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers “…An uplifting underdog story that will appeal to readers interested in the immigrant experience and the surprising role sports can play in people’s lives.” –Kirkus Reviews “Not merely about soccer, St. John’s book teaches readers about the social and economic difficulties of adapting to a new culture and the challenges facing a town with a new and disparate population” —School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon...

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Santa Claus in Baghdad

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Ages 10 and up, Egpyt, Egyptian, Iraq, Iraqi, Jordan, Jordanian, Lebanese, Lebanon, Middle Eastern, Palestine, Palestinian American, Refugee Camp, Syrian, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Religious Faith, Tunisia | Comments Off on Santa Claus in Baghdad

Santa Claus in Baghdad

Santa Claus in Baghdad By Elsa Marston Published by Indiana University Press “Though few examples of popular culture depict Arabs in a positive light, Marston’s collection is one of the exceptions. Eight Muslim teen narrators are hopeful in the face of poverty, grief, and despair. The author, who worked and traveled extensively to the Middle East, has an uncanny ability to understand the Muslim culture and relay her characters’ innermost thoughts to Western audiences” –Chantal Walvoord,  ForeWord  Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description What is it like to be a...

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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 Feet Are Laughing

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Domincian American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on My Feet Are Laughing

My Feet Are Laughing

My Feet Are Laughing By Lissette Norman Illustrated by Frank Morrison Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux “My Feet Are Laughing is a positive addition to the body of multicultural children’s literature and will easily appeal to a second-generation immigrant audience through its combination of references to hip hop, the urban landscape, and life in a modern family within Latino culture.” —Sybil Durand, Purdue University Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Sadie likes living in her grandmother’s brownstone, where she has her own bedroom and a backyard...

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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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Brothers in Hope

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 07 and up, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Brothers in Hope

Brothers in Hope

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan By Mary Williams Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Published by Lee and Low “Powerful and deeply moving.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description A young boy unites with thousands of other orphaned boys to walk to safety in a refugee camp in another country, after war destroys their villages in southern Sudan. Based on true events. Eight-year-old Garang, orphaned by a civil war in Sudan, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek hundreds of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia,...

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