Indian American

When Dimple Met Rishi

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Ages 12 and up, Indian American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Identity, United States | 0 comments

When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi By Sandhya Menon Published by Simon Pulse Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “It’s not always as easy as boy meets girl. In the case of Rishi Patel and Dimple Shah, it’s more like boy is arranged to marry girl, and girl attacks boy with iced coffee.”  —Booklist Description The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage. Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation...

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Pashmina

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), India, Indian American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Separation & Reunion, United States | 0 comments

Pashmina

Pashmina By Nidhi Chanani Published by First Second Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…the first (graphic novel) written and illustrated by an Indian-American creator, this is both a needed contribution and a first-rate adventure tale.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions—the topic of India is permanently...

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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 | 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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Same Sun Here

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Ages 10 and up, Asian (Central), Chinese American, Indian American, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Same Sun Here

Same Sun Here

Same Sun Here By Silas House and Neela Vaswani Illustrated by Hilary Schenker Published by Candlewick Press “This tender and breathtakingly honest story about unlikely friendships and finding common ground will captivate readers…audiences will revel in this lovely story about a boy and girl who are not so different from one another after all.” –Lalitha Nataraj, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to...

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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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Follow up to Sikh American YA Novel

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in I'm Your Neighbor News, Indian American, Sikh American, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Follow up to Sikh American YA Novel

Follow up to Sikh American YA Novel

By Delanie Honda (Intern to I’m Your Neighbor) I recently completed Shine, Coconut Moon, which Kirsten posted about last week (see the post here). Having completed this book, I wanted to follow up and reiterate Kirsten’s encouragement to purchase and read this title. Samar, aka Sam, was raised as a typical American teenager by her mom and has given little thought to her Sikh and Indian background until her Uncle Sandeep reconnects with her family. Sam comes to learn more about her cultural background as her relationship with uncle deepens and so does the reader. Prior to reading...

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Lowji Discovers America

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 07 and up, Asian (South), Indian American, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Lowji Discovers America

Lowji Discovers America

Lowji Discovers America By Candace Fleming Published by Atheneum Books “Similar in tone to a classic like Henry Huggins, this book is nevertheless firmly set in the 21st century and opens a window to what may be an unfamiliar culture to many readers.” –Lauralyn Persson, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description For nearly nine-year-old Lowji, the move from big, busy Bombay, India, to Hamlet, Illinois, in America is beginning to seem like a bummer until he finds the “silver” (silver linings). What Lowji discovers...

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New Mainers

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Cambodian American, Chinese American, Indian American, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on New Mainers

New Mainers

New Mainers: Portraits of our Immigrant Neighbors By Pat Nyhan Photography by Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest Published by Tilbury House Publishers “The personal stories are what make this book a much-needed education about where Maine fits into the global agenda…. It’s new and it’s startling, and I believe that reading it is certain to enrich a reader’s interest in the greater world and all it has to offer.” —Capital Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Who are these new Mainers, and why have they come here? They are from...

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Sikh American YA Novel

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Indian American, Sikh American, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Sikh American YA Novel

Sikh American YA Novel

In respect to the victims of the tragedy in Wisconsin and in the fight to curb the ignorance and prejudice that caused it, we encourage you to purchase a copy of  the Sikh American young adult novel, Shine, Coconut Moon for your public or school library.  Neesha Meminger’s book about a teen girl exploring her Sikh heritage introduces the reader to some of the basics of the Sikh culture and faith. We also recommend the series of Teaching Tolerance resources mentioned in the article, We Honor Sikhs by Learning About...

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