Theme: Identity

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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American Street

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Ages 14 and up, Caribbean, Haiti, Haitian, Haitian American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Detention, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Race, Theme: Racial Discrimination, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | 0 comments

American Street

American Street By Ibi Zoboi Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews! Description In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture. On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s...

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My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Mexican, Mexican American, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Identity, United States | Comments Off on My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo

My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo

My Colors, My World/Mis Colores, Mi Mundo Written and Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez Published by Lee & Low Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Winner of a 2010 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor! Description Maya longs to find brilliant, beautiful color in her world. But when the wind blows, desert sand covers everything, and turns her whole neighborhood the color of dust. With the help of a feathered friend, Maya searches high and low to find the colors in her world. And she does―in the vibrant purple of her Mama’s flowers, the juicy green of a prickly cactus, the hot...

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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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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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The Voyage

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on The Voyage

The Voyage

The Voyage By Veronica Salinas Illustrated by Camilla Engman Published by Groundwood Books Salinas’s musings on the subject of change will resonate especially with those who’ve had to move to a new home or immigrate to another country.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description In this delightful picture book, a small duck finds himself in a place full of unusual creatures who speak an unfamiliar language. Eventually, he meets an animal whose big feet are just like his own. And with a friend by his side, he soon can feel at home. First published...

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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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A Time of Miracles

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Caucasus Region, France, French, Georgia, Georgian, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on A Time of Miracles

A Time of Miracles

A Time of Miracles By Anne-Laure Bondoux (Trans. by Y. Maudet) Published by Random House “The story is written in beautiful, quiet prose and offers a touch of hope, along with tragedy.” –School Library Journal “A beautifully cadenced tribute to maternal love and the power of stories amid contemporary political chaos.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Blaise Fortune, also known as Koumaïl, loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria was picking peaches in her...

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First Crossing

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Cambodian American, Chinese American, Haitian American, Korean American, Latino, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Native American, Palestinian American, Theme: Adoption, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on First Crossing

First Crossing

First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants Edited by Donald R. Gallo Published by Candlewick Press “Newly transplanted teens will find the voices represented in this collection far more relevant than those echoing forth from the huddled masses of Ellis Island, and American-born readers will gain insight from the palpable depictions of what it’s like to be thrust into ‘the middle of a game where [you] don’t know the players, the rules, or even the object.'” —Jennifer Mattson, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N        ...

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Wachale!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Latino, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Identity | Comments Off on Wachale!

Wachale!

Wachale! Poetry and Prose about Growing Up Latino Edited by Ilan Stavans Published by Cricket Books/Marcato “For those who have grown up speaking English and Spanish, occasionally blending the two languages into the colorful hybrid commonly referred to as Spanglish, this book will stir deeply rooted memories. For non-Hispanics with an interest in Latino culture, it opens a window onto a people whose zest for life, contagious humor, and vigorous spirit contribute a rich flavor to America’s vast multicultural society.” —VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N  ...

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Help Wanted

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity | Comments Off on Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Help Wanted By Gary Soto Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “Soto’s compassion for his characters and his personal humanity make him an inspiring role model for youthful Hispanic writer aspirants: but all teens will be heartened by his warm, respectful, and humorous depiction of their lives.” —Charlotte Richardson, Paper Tigers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description These and other teens need help if they’re ever going to decipher the weirdness of everyday life in these hilarious, heartfelt, and unflinchingly real short stories. The...

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Does My Head Look Big In This?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 13 and up, Australia, Islamic, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Pakistani Australian, Palestinian Australian, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Does My Head Look Big In This?

Does My Head Look Big In This?

Does My Head Look Big In This? By Randa Abdel-Fattah Published by Orchard Books “…the book is wonderful at showing the diversity within Muslim communities and in explaining why so many women choose to wear the hijab.” —School Library Journal “What’s so good about the story is just how easy it is for non-Muslim readers to relate to Amal; and I’m sure Muslim readers will snap this one up since they rarely see themselves portrayed in YA literature.” —KLIATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision...

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