Theme: The Arts

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 08 and up, Chinese American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: The Arts, United States | 0 comments

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Authors Extraordinaire By Susan Tan Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte Published by Roaring Brook Press Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Readers will identify with Cilla and wish they were friends with her in real life.”  —School Library Journal Description Priscilla “Cilla” Lee-Jenkins is on a tight deadline. Her baby sister is about to be born, and Cilla needs to become a bestselling author before her family forgets all about her. So she writes about what she knows best—herself! And Cilla has a lot to write...

Read More

That’s NOT How You Do It

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Ages 03 and up, Theme: Allegory, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: The Arts | 0 comments

That’s NOT How You Do It

Thats NOT How You Do It By Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar Published by Child’s Play-International Age Range: 3+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “This story, with its gentle message of not only accepting differences but learning from them, is an effective read-aloud and a worthy addition to most collections.”  —School Library Journal Description Lucy knows how to do everything. She knows how to eat with a spoon and fork, play the xylophone, paint elephants – and lots more besides! All her friends ask her for help if they need to know the right way to do...

Read More

The First Rule of Punk

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Ages 09 and up, Mexican American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: The Arts, United States | 0 comments

The First Rule of Punk

The First Rule of Punk By Celia C. Perez Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 9+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A charming debut about a thoughtful, creative preteen connecting to both halves of her identity.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her...

Read More

Love, Hate and Other Filters

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Ages 14 and up, Indian American, Muslim, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Racial Discrimination, Theme: The Arts, United States | 0 comments

Love, Hate and Other Filters

Love, Hate and Other Filters By Samira Ahmed Published by Soho Press, Incorporated Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A great examination of how hatred and fear affects both communities, and individual lives.”  —School Library Journal Description American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of...

Read More

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Ages 07 and up, Asian (South), India, Indian, Pakistan, Pakistani, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: The Arts | Comments Off on The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art By Barb Rosenstock Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola Published by Candlewick Press Age Range: 7+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Rosenstock’s gratifying story conveys how art has the capacity to revitalize and restore.” —Publishers Weekly Description After the partition of India in 1947, Nek Chand Saini settled in the city of Chandigarh, with nothing but stories brought from his homeland. Dismayed at his stark new surroundings, Nek began collecting river rocks, broken glass, and...

Read More

The Secret Kingdom: Refugee’s Art Inspires Lessons Exploring Home

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Ages 07 and up, Engagement Projects, India, Indian, Pakistan, Pakistani, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Immigration, Theme: The Arts | Comments Off on The Secret Kingdom: Refugee’s Art Inspires Lessons Exploring Home

The Secret Kingdom: Refugee’s Art Inspires Lessons Exploring Home

THE SECRET KINGDOM Art Lessons for Exploring Home Best Users: Art Educators, Classroom Teachers, ELL Educators, Librarians Best Audience: Children Grades 03-07   THE BACKGROUND Kirsten Cappy of I’m Your Neighbor and author Barb Rosenstock presented her picture book The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art illustrated by Claire A. Nivola (Candlewick Press) to a group of MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) Teacher Candidates at Maine College of Art (MECA). Nek Chand, a refugee from the partition of India, recreated the village he left behind in a...

Read More

The Orange Houses

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in African American, Ages 14 and up, North America, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Gangs, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Race, Theme: Survival, Theme: The Arts, Theme: Trauma, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, Theme: War, United States, Veterans & Military | Comments Off on The Orange Houses

The Orange Houses

The Orange Houses By Paul Griffin Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A rich smorgasbord of themes demands provocative classroom discussion about bullying, war, illegal immigration, and last but so not least, friendship.”  —VOYA Description Tamika Sykes, AKA Mik, is hearing impaired and way too smart for her West Bronx high school. She copes by reading lips and selling homework answers, and looks forward to the time each day when she can be alone in her room drawing. She’s a tough girl who mostly...

Read More

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 | Comments Off on Painted Words and Spoken Memories

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...

Read More

Amina: Through My Eyes

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in African (East), Ages 11 and up, Muslim, Samali, Somalia, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Detention, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Repression, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: The Arts, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | Comments Off on Amina: Through My Eyes

Amina: Through My Eyes

Amina: Through My Eyes By J. L. Powers Published by Allen & Unwin Pty. Age Range: 11+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…a solid counterexample to Islamophobia and negative notions about Somalis.” —Kirkus Reviews Description Amina lives on the edges of Mogadishu. Her family’s house has been damaged in Somalia’s long civil war, but they continue to live there, reluctant to leave their home. Amina’s world is shattered when government forces come to arrest her father because his art has been officially censored, deemed too...

Read More

Amina’s Voice

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Ages 08 and up, Korean American, Pakistani, Pakistani American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: The Arts, United States | Comments Off on Amina’s Voice

Amina’s Voice

Amina’s Voice By Hena Khan Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Age Range: 8 and older Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Khan deftly—and subtly—weaves aspects of Pakistani and Muslim culture into her story, allowing readers to unconsciously absorb details and develop understanding and compassion for another culture and faith.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Description A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy...

Read More

Luis Paints the World

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Ages 05 and up, Domincian American, North America, Theme: Community, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: The Arts, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on Luis Paints the World

Luis Paints the World

Luis Paints the World By Terry Farish Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez Published by Lerner Publishing Group Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor for “fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.” Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Nico is joining the Army to see the world. His younger brother, Luis, begins a mural on the alleyway wall to try to convince Nico to stay. But in Nico’s absence, Luis’s world expands along with the mural in their...

Read More

The Seeds of Friendship

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African (Unnamed Region), Ages 05 and up, Theme: Community, Theme: The Arts, United States | Comments Off on The Seeds of Friendship

The Seeds of Friendship

The Seeds of Friendship By Michael Foreman Illustrated by Michael Foreman Published by Candlewick Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “the story imagines a city supportive of immigrants and ready to befriend them.” —Publishers Weekly Description How can Adam bring the green warmth of home to his new urban world? An inspiring fable from Michael Foreman about making friendship grow. Adam feels alone in the strange new city. He misses his old friends and the colors of his faraway home. It’s fun to build snow animals with children in his new neighborhood, but Adam’s...

Read More

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....

Read More

Red Pencil

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in African (East), Ages 09 and up, Muslim, Sudan, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Genocide, Theme: The Arts | Comments Off on Red Pencil

Red Pencil

The Red Pencil By Andrea Davis Pinkney Illustrated by Shane Evans Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “A soulful story that captures the magic of possibility, even in difficult times.” —Kirkus Reviews  (Starred Review) Description “Amira, look at me,” Muma insists. She collects both my hands in hers. “The Janjaweed attack without warning. If ever they come– run.” Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in...

Read More

Silent Music

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Ages 04 and up, Iraq, Iraqi, Middle Eastern, Theme: The Arts | Comments Off on Silent Music

Silent Music

Silent Music: a Story of Baghdad By James Rumford Published by Roaring Brook Press “Told plainly and without bathos, this is one story of how people use art to find understanding.” –The Horn Book Magazine Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description When bombs begin to fall, Ali drowns out the sound of war with a pen. Like other children living in Baghdad, Ali loves soccer, music and dancing, but most of all, he loves the ancient art of calligraphy. When bombs begin to fall on his city, Ali turns to his pen, writing sweeping and gliding words to the silent music that...

Read More

The Color of Home

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 04 and up, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Theme: Immigration, Theme: The Arts, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Color of Home

The Color of Home

The Color of Home By Mary Hoffman Illustrated by Karin Littlewood Published by Penguin Group “…Readers gain a realistic child’s perspective on what it is like to be forced to emigrate from a war-torn country.” —Ajokei T. I. Kokodoko, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description This remarkably moving picture book follows first-grader Hassan through his first few days at school. Hassan has only recently arrived in the United States after he and his family were forced to flee Somalia, and he deeply misses the colorful landscape...

Read More