Theme: Community

Where Will I Live?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African (Unnamed Region), Ages 06 and up, Middle East, Middle Eastern (Unnamed Country), Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Community, Theme: Education, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | 0 comments

Where Will I Live?

Where Will I Live? By Rosemary McCarney Published by Second Story Press Age Range: 6+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A poignant photojournalistic look at the issues confronting refugee children and their families…”  —School Library Journal Description This stunning photo essay takes a look at the thousands of children around the world who have been forced to flee war, terror, hunger and natural disasters, young refugees on the move with very little left except questions. It’s hard to imagine, but the images here will help unaffected children...

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Shelter

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Ages 03 and up, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | 0 comments

Shelter

Shelter By Celine Claire Illustrated By Qin Leng Published by Kids Can Press Limited Age Range: 3+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…beautiful tale that reads like a fable to teach giving and kindness, with artwork that warms up as its characters do.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried. They wonder, ‘What are they doing there? What do they want?’ So, as the pair knocks at the door of one home after another asking for shelter,...

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Turtle Island

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Ages 03 and up, Theme: Allegory, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | 0 comments

Turtle Island

Turtle Island By Kevin Sherry Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 3+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…a sweet, fantastic depiction of community building.” —Kirkus Reviews Description Turtle is big. But the ocean is bigger. And Turtle is all alone. Until four shipwrecked folks—a bear, an owl, a frog, and a cat—climb to safety on his shell. Before long, they’re fast friends, and the sea doesn’t seem so vast anymore. But when Frog confides that he misses his family, Turtle doesn’t understand. Isn’t he their...

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How Dare The Sun Rise

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in African (Central), Ages 13 and up, Burundi, Congo, Congolese, Congolese American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States | 0 comments

How Dare The Sun Rise

How Dare The Sun Rise By Sandra Uwiringiyimana Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 13+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “The title is a critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced but still accessible for a YA audience.”  —School Library Journal Description This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America,...

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In The Country We Love

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Columbian American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | 0 comments

In The Country We Love

In The Country We Love By Diane Guerrero Published by St. Martin’s Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A moving, humanizing portrait of the collateral damage caused by America’s immigration policy.”—Kirkus Reviews Description Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of...

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Malaika’s Winter Carnival

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Ages 03 and up, Canada, French Canadian, Jamaican, North America, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Sibling Relationship | 0 comments

Malaika’s Winter Carnival

Malaika’s Winter Carnival By Nadia L. Hohn Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher Published by Groundwood Books Age Range: 3+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…immersive and loving book that will benefit both young new arrivals to a country and those just meeting them.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Malaika is happy to be reunited with Mummy, but it means moving to a different country, where everything is different. It’s cold in her new city, no one understands when she talks and Carnival is nothing like the celebration Malaika knows from home! When...

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Welcome

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Ages 03 and up, Theme: Allegory, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Repression, Theme: Survival | 0 comments

Welcome

Welcome By Barroux Published by little bee books Age Range: 2+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “This modern fable works as an engaging read-aloud and discussion starter for anyone looking to build community.”  —School Library Journal Description Three lost polar bears search for a new home in this timely book from award-winning French illustrator Barroux. Life is quiet and peaceful on the ice for three polar bears, until, “CRACK!” The ice breaks, and they drift away. The sea is dangerous, so they need to search for a new home. Then, the polar...

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Painted Words and Spoken Memories

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Ages 04 and up, Greek, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: The Arts, United States | 0 comments

Painted Words and Spoken Memories

Painted Words and Spoken Memories By Aliki Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 4+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Aliki has captured the emotions and experiences of many of today’s children.”  —School Library Journal Description Returning to her own childhood for inspiration, Aliki has created an exceptional sixty-four-page book that presents Marianthe’s story — her present and her past. In Painted Words, Marian paintings help her to become less of an outsider as she struggles to adjust to a new language and a new school. Under...

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Saving Kabul Corner

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Afghan American, Afghani, Ages 08 and up, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: War, United States | 0 comments

Saving Kabul Corner

Saving Kabul Corner By N.H. Senzai Published by Simon & Schuster Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “An engaging mystery—that it’s about Afghani families struggling and surviving in America is a plus.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description A rough and tumble tomboy, twelve-year-old Ariana couldn’t be more different from her cousin Laila, who just arrived from Afghanistan with her family. Laila is a proper, ladylike Afghan girl, one who can cook, sew, sing, and who is well versed in Pukhtun culture and manners. Ariana hates her. Laila not only...

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Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Ages 08 and up, Mexican American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, United States | Comments Off on Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Stef Soto, Taco Queen By Jennifer Torres Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Stef’s fresh, honest voice will resonate with a broad swath of readers, as will the relatable struggles she negotiates…” —Publishers Weekly Description A heartwarming and charming debut novel about family, friends, and finding your voice all wrapped up in a warm tortilla. Estefania “Stef” Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family’s taco truck. She wants...

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Lucky Broken Girl

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Ages 10 and up, Cuban, Jewish, Mexican, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Trauma, United States | Comments Off on Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl By Ruth Behar Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A poignant and relevant retelling of a child immigrant’s struggle to recover from an accident and feel at home in America.” —Kirkus Reviews Description In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative—based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s—a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie’s plight will intrigue readers, and her...

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My Beautiful Birds

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (West), Syria, Syrian, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | Comments Off on My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds By Suzanne Del Rizzo Published by Pajama Press Inc. Age Range: 6+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “If you’ve been wondering how to present the refugee crisis to children without losing faith in humanity, take a look at this graceful, even uplifting book.” —The New York Times Book Review Description Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbors in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can think of...

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Amina’s Voice

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Ages 08 and up, Korean American, Pakistani, Pakistani American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: The Arts, United States | Comments Off on Amina’s Voice

Amina’s Voice

Amina’s Voice By Hena Khan Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Age Range: 8 and older Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Khan deftly—and subtly—weaves aspects of Pakistani and Muslim culture into her story, allowing readers to unconsciously absorb details and develop understanding and compassion for another culture and faith.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Description A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy...

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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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Luis Paints the World

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Ages 05 and up, Domincian American, North America, Theme: Community, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: The Arts, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on Luis Paints the World

Luis Paints the World

Luis Paints the World By Terry Farish Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez Published by Lerner Publishing Group Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor for “fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.” Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Nico is joining the Army to see the world. His younger brother, Luis, begins a mural on the alleyway wall to try to convince Nico to stay. But in Nico’s absence, Luis’s world expands along with the mural in their...

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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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The Seeds of Friendship

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African (Unnamed Region), Ages 05 and up, Theme: Community, Theme: The Arts, United States | Comments Off on The Seeds of Friendship

The Seeds of Friendship

The Seeds of Friendship By Michael Foreman Illustrated by Michael Foreman Published by Candlewick Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “the story imagines a city supportive of immigrants and ready to befriend them.” —Publishers Weekly Description How can Adam bring the green warmth of home to his new urban world? An inspiring fable from Michael Foreman about making friendship grow. Adam feels alone in the strange new city. He misses his old friends and the colors of his faraway home. It’s fun to build snow animals with children in his new neighborhood, but Adam’s...

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Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Cuban American, Latino, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Identity, Theme: Oral Traditions | Comments Off on Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá

Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá

Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá By Laura Lacamara Illustrated by Yuyi Morales Published by Harper Collins Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “…filled with whimsy and humor about the power of voice and family.” –Kirkus Reviews   Description Anita comes home from school on her seventh birthday to find her mother singing opera and floating in the air. Outside, her dog, Tito, is also floating. “‘It’s been happening all day, every time I sing!'” says Mama. Then Anita realizes that everyone who hears the music...

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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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Diamonds in the Shadow

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in African (West), Ages 12 and up, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Diamonds in the Shadow

Diamonds in the Shadow

Diamonds in the Shadow By Caroline Clooney Published by Random House Children’s Books “Cooney’s Connecticut church has sponsored war refugee families, and her stirring teen novel neither sensationalizes nor minimizes the brutality of their experiences.” –Hazel Rochman, Booklist “Although a work of fiction, it is the kind of story that will give readers pause to consider the world outside their neighborhood comfort zone” –Pat Trattles, Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Through their love for people, yet...

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