Theme: Cultural Differences

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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The Best We Could Do

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Asia (Southeast), North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: War, United States, Vietnam, Vietnamese, Vietnamese American | 0 comments

The Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do By Thi Bui Published by ABRAMS Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Hand this essential volume to teens who appreciate David Small’s Stitches and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.”  —School Library Journal Description This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall 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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From Far Away

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Lebanese, Muslim, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | 0 comments

From Far Away

From Far Away By Robert Munsch, Saoussan Askar Illustrated by Rebecca Green Published by Annick Press, Limited Age Range: 4+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A sad, challenging, and ultimately hopeful real-life story.” —Kirkus Reviews Description When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom,...

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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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A Different Pond

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Ages 06 and up, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: War, United States, Vietnamese, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on A Different Pond

A Different Pond

A Different Pond By Bao Phi Illustrated By Thi Bui Published by Capstone Young Readers Age Range: 6+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Spare and simple, a must-read for our times.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Featured on the 2017 Children’s Best Books Lists including Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Washington Post, Kirkus, New York Public Library, and more! Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son—and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about...

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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 | Comments Off on You Bring The Distant Near

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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It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Ages 12 and up, Iran, Iranian American, Middle East, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel By Firoozeh Dumas Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2016 Description Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American...

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A Long Pitch Home

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Ages 09 and up, Asian (Southwest), Muslim, Muslim American, North America, Pakistan, Pakistani American, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, United States | Comments Off on A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch Home By Natalie Dias Lorenzi Published by Charlesbridge Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to...

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The Sun Is Also a Star

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Ages 12 and up, Jamaican American, Korean American, North America, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | Comments Off on The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star By Nicola Yoon Published by Random House Children’s Books A 2016 National Book Award Finalist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student,...

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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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Written in the Stars

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Ages 14 and up, Middle East, Pakistan, Pakistani, Pakistani American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Identity | Comments Off on Written in the Stars

Written in the Stars

  Written in the Stars  By Aisha Saeed Published by Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “Movingly conveys the intense cultural pressure that motivates Naila’s parents and the heartbreaking betrayal Naila feels as she is deprived of her rights, cut off from the outside world, and threatened with shame and death. Saeed includes resources for those who, like Saif’s family, wish to help real-life Nailas, in this wrenching but hopeful story.” —Publisher’s Weekly     Description This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust...

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A Thirst From Home

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Ages 06 and up, Ethiopia, Theme: Adoption, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Separation & Reunion | Comments Off on A Thirst From Home

A Thirst From Home

A Thirst From Home: A Story of Water Across the World By Christine Ieronimo Illustrated by Eric Velasquez Published by Walker Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “This book can be read as one of a growing number of immigration stories. An author’s note provides context and prompts for kids to take action.” —Booklist Description Tears, rain, puddles: water keeps Eva Alemitu connected to Emaye, the mother she left behind in Ethiopia, as Eva adjusts to her new life in the U.S. In this hauntingly bittersweet tale, inspired partly by the author’s own life, Ieronimo...

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Big Red Lollipop

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Pakistani, Pakistani American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on Big Red Lollipop

Big Red Lollipop

Big Red Lollipop By Rukhsana Khan Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Published by Viking’s Children’s Books “Khan delivers another astute and moving story, ostensibly dealing with sibling rivalry, but actually about hard-won lessons emerging from clashes of identity and assimilation.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Rubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she can’t convince Ami that you just...

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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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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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Where the Streets Had a Name

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Middle Eastern, Multinational/Multicultural, Palestinian, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Survival, West Bank | Comments Off on Where the Streets Had a Name

Where the Streets Had a Name

Where the Streets Had a Name By Randa Abdel-Fattah Published by Scholastic Press “As she did in Does My Head Look Big in This? (2007) and Ten Things I Hate About Me (2009), Abdel-Fattah introduces a bright, articulate Muslim heroine coping with contemporary life…A refreshing and hopeful teen perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Critically acclaimed author Randa Abdel-Fattah’s middle-grade debut about the journey — and risks — a Palestinian girl will take to save her...

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