Theme: Family Relationships

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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Escaping the Tiger

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Laos, Laotian American, Thailand, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Survival | 1 comment

Escaping the Tiger

Escaping the Tiger By Laura Manivong Published by Harper Collins “Based on the author’s husband’s own experiences, this is a vivid and lovingly drawn tale of people caught in the crossroads of history and struggling to retain both dignity and hope.” –Children’s Literature “This is a moving story that breathes life into a chapter of twentieth-century history that may be little known to young readers.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Vonlai knows that soldiers who guard the Mekong...

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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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The No. 1 Car Spotter

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in African (West), Ages 07 and up, Nigerian American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on The No. 1 Car Spotter

The No. 1 Car Spotter

The No. 1 Car Spotter By Atinuke Illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell Published by Kane Miller Books “One of Atinuke’s gifts is her ability to tell her stories with humor while introducing serious topics to younger readers…A welcome addition to the very small selection of books — particularly early chapter books — about modern Africa.” –Robin Smith, Horn Book Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is Number 1. He’s the Number 1 car spotter in his village. The Number 1 car spotter in the world! The start of an...

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Anna Hibiscus

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in African (West), Ages 07 and up, Nigerian American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus By Atinuke Illustrated by Lauren Tobia Published by Kane Miller Books “Each of the four chapters tells a complete story and, while presenting clear cultural differences, explores themes that are universal and child-centered…Never didactic, the fluid storytelling is enhanced by Tobia’s charming illustrations.” –Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a...

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The Garden of My Imaan

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Indian American, Islamic, Moroccan American, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on The Garden of My Imaan

The Garden of My Imaan

The Garden of my Imaan By Farhana Zia Published by Peachtree Publishers “People of all religions and other minority groups will appreciate and relate to Aliya’s experiences and hopefully seek to improve themselves.” –Children’s Literature “…Zia’s gentle message–that Muslims come from many cultures whose observances differ, while the long shadow of 9/11 hovers over all–is timely and beautifully conveyed.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Aliya already struggles with trying to fit in, feeling...

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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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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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Noodle Pie

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Asia (Southeast), Australia, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Vietnam, Vietnamese | Comments Off on Noodle Pie

Noodle Pie

Noodle Pie By Ruth Starke Published by Kane/Miller Book Publishers “Despite his heritage, Andy observes contemporary Vietnam through Western assumptions and values. With the few Australian terms easily understood in context, his comments on foods, customs, and attitudes will amuse and resonate with U.S. readers in a rare, lighthearted Vietnam novel.” –Booklist   Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description It’s Andy’s first trip on an airplane when he and his dad travel to Vietnam to meet all his relatives. Talk about culture shock! Everyone calls him by...

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Azzi In Between

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Middle Eastern, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Azzi In Between

Azzi In Between

Azzi In Between By Sarah Garland Illustrated by Sarah Garland Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “A perfect choice for reluctant readers and students like Azzi, learning English as a second language, every school should have this book readily to hand for every child to read – and perhaps it should also become compulsory reading for all government employees who work with asylum seekers.” –Marjorie Coughlan, Paper Tigers
 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Azzi and her parents are in danger. They have to leave their home and escape to...

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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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Life, After

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Argentina, Argentinean American, Jewish, South American, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Life, After

Life, After

Life, After By Sarah Darer Littman Published by Scholastic Press Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year, 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Teens, 2011 [Life, After] shows a place and part of recent history left mostly unexamined in YA literature, highlighting an act of terrorism in Argentina and a Latin American immigrant.” –Rhona Campbell, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Dani’s life in Argentina—private school, a boyfriend, a loving family—is crumbling quickly. To escape from a country in crisis, where it feels...

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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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Gringolandia

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 14 and up, Chilean American, South American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Gringolandia

Gringolandia

Gringolandia By Lyn Miller-Lachmann Published by Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press “Heartfelt and strong, with an in-your-face immediacy, this novel is revelatory in its portrayal of repressive regimes, immigrants, and familial relationships.” –VOYA “This poignant, often surprising and essential novel illuminates too-often ignored political aspects of many South Americans’ migration to the United States.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Daniel’s papá, Marcelo, used to play soccer, dance the cueca, and...

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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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Shooting Kabul

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 07 and up, Asian (Central), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Xenophobia | Comments Off on Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul By N.H. Senzai Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers “For all of Fadi’s differences from his Fremont, California classmates, he will still seem very familiar to many middle schoolers. The novel allows readers a view of a different culture and provides background for events that still plague us today.”—Steven Kral, VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In the summer of 2001, twelve year old Fadis parents make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move the family to the United States. When...

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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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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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Bread Song

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Asia (Southeast), Thai American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Bread Song

Bread Song

Bread Song By Frederick Lipp Illustrated by Jason Gaillard Published by Mondo Pub 2006 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Picture Book Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N           Description Hoping to make eight-year-old Chamnan, a new immigrant from Thailand, feel more at home, the owner of a Portland, Maine bakery invites him and his grandfather to hear the bread sing. Reviews & Accolades 2006 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Picture Book Groups Represented Thai American Themes Immigration, Family relationships,...

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A Game for Swallows

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Ages 13 and up, Lebanese, Lebanon, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Religious Differences, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on A Game for Swallows

A Game for Swallows

A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return By Zeina Abirached Translated by Edward Gauvin Published by Graphic Universe “For young readers, “A Game for Swallows” will come as a revelation. At a time when the Middle East is still in turmoil and when Americans have suffered losses of electricity and other necessities during recent storms and floods, this is a story that will hit home even as it causes young, impressionable eyes to look at life abroad.” –The New York Times Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description When Zeina was born, the civil war in Lebanon...

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