Theme: Historical

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 | 0 comments

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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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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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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Mali Under the Night Sky

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Laos, Laotian American, Thailand, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Mali Under the Night Sky

Mali Under the Night Sky

Mali Under the Night Sky By Youme Landowne Illustrated by Youme Landowne Published by Cinco Puntos Press “Cinco Puntos Press has made a significant contribution in publishing Mali Under the Night Sky…The book’s value to Laotian families in diaspora is of course incalculable.” –Paper Tigers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Mali Under the Night Sky, a 2011 Skipping Stones honor book, is the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five. Before the war began, Mali lived...

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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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Armel’s Revenge

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in African (Central), Ages 07 and up, Congolese, England, Rwandan, Theme: Genocide, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Armel’s Revenge

Armel’s Revenge

Armel’s Revenge By Nicki Cornwell Illustrated by Erika Pal Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “A brave story that highlights how prejudices and hatred can influence the same families for generations.” –IBBY Link Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N         Description Christophe’s been given the job of looking after the new boy in his class. But Armel’s surly attitude makes him very difficult to be friends with. And when he realizes that there is more to Armel’s hostility than meets the eye, Christophe is...

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Vietnamerica

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on Vietnamerica

Vietnamerica

Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey By GB Tran Published by Villard/ Random House Publishers “If you have ever felt a connection to the immigrant experience, if you are born of a generation that benefited from the bruises and blood of the one that came before, then this memoir will resonate as literature rarely does. And if this is the first time you’ve looked deeply at the story of the Vietnamese diaspora, then know that this is the sort of grand epic that begins to make sense only when told through the words of people who lived it.” –Racebending Find a copy at Amazon |...

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Never Fall Down

Posted by on Oct 13, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Asia (Southeast), Cambodia, Cambodian American, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down By Patricia McCormick Published by HarperCollins Publishers/Balzer + Blay McCormick has done a remarkable job of creating an authentic first-person voice for Arn and using it to lay bare his almost unimaginable experiences of horror. The resulting book is powerfully, hauntingly unforgettable. —Michael Cart, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock ‘n’ roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers...

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The Storyteller’s Beads

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in African (East), Ages 07 and up, Ethiopia, Ethiopian American, Sudan, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Historical, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on The Storyteller’s Beads

The Storyteller’s Beads

The Storyteller’s Beads By Jane Kurtz Published by Harcourt Children’s Books “Although firmly grounded in the realities of Ethiopian life, which Kurtz (who grew up in Ethiopia) helps the reader see, hear, feel, and smell, the story is also universal, and will provoke reflection on prejudice, tolerance, and identity.” –Children’s Literature “This ultimately heartening novel is a solid addition to the growing body of middle-grade books for a multicultural world.” –Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N...

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The Lotus Seed

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on The Lotus Seed

The Lotus Seed

The Lotus Seed By Sherry Garland Illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “A thoughtful, beautifully designed book that will find a place in many discussions.”  –Kirkus Reviews “The spare simplicity of Garland’s tale about remembering one’s birthplace is richly amplified by Kiuchi’s arresting, light-filled paintings” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Forced to flee her beloved Vietnam to escape a devastating civil war, a woman takes only her children and a single...

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Migrant

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Mennonite, Mexico, Multinational/Multicultural, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Historical, Theme: Migrant Life | Comments Off on Migrant

Migrant

Migrant By Maxine Trottier Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault Published by Groundwood Books “…[Anna’s] sense of herself as a rootless outsider is broadly applicable to other, perhaps all, migrant groups…a moving, inventive and thoughtful look at a way of life many people share.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Anna is the child of Mennonites from Mexico, who have come north to harvest fruit and vegetables. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall, sometimes like a jack rabbit...

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Tomas and the Library Lady

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Education, Theme: Historical, Theme: Migrant Life | Comments Off on Tomas and the Library Lady

Tomas and the Library Lady

Tomás and the Library Lady By Pat Mora Illustrated by Raul Colón Published by Dragonfly Books “A charming, true story about the encounter between the boy who would become chancellor at the University of California at Riverside and a librarian in Iowa.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Tomás is a son of migrant workers. Every summer he and his family follow the crops north from Texas to Iowa, spending long, arduous days in the fields. At night they gather around to hear Grandfather’s wonderful stories. But before long, Tomás knows all...

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Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Cuban American, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa By Veronica Chambers Illustrated by Julie Maren Published by Penguin Group “With few books about Cruz available for this age group, this is a welcome addition to the biography shelves.” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Everyone knows the flamboyant, larger-than-life Celia, the extraordinary salsa singer who passed away in 2003, leaving millions of fans brokenhearted. Now accomplished children’s book author Veronica Chambers gives young readers a lyrical glimpse into Celia’s childhood and her inspiring rise...

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Inside Out and Back Again

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 09 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again By Thanhha Lai Published by HarperCollins Publishing “Lai’s poems have the stabbing specificity of the Vietnamese refugee experience, but also speak to any sensitive child wrestling with the necessity to compromise with wrenching, world-shifting transitions.” —Claudia Mills, Children’s Literature “Based in Lai’s personal experience, this first novel captures a child–refugee’s struggle with rare honesty.” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description “No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime...

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Escape from Saigon

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 10 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Adoption, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on Escape from Saigon

Escape from Saigon

Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnamese Orphan Became an American Boy By Andrea Warren Published by Square Fish “Dramatic accounts of other Vietnamese and American people’s escape from Saigon on the eve of its collapse plus numerous b&w photos round out this informative book and help bring into clear focus the Vietnam War’s effects on children.” —Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Over a million South Vietnamese children were orphaned by the Vietnam War. This affecting true account tells the story of Long, who, like more...

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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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