Theme: Community

Saints & Misfits

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 14 and up, Muslim American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Religious Differences, Theme: Trauma, United States | 0 comments

Saints & Misfits

Saints & Misfits By S.K. Ali Published by Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “This timely and authentic portrayal is an indisputable purchase in the realistic fiction category.”  —School Library Journal Description There are three kinds of people in my world: 1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose. 2. Misfits, people who don’t...

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Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 09 and up, Indian American, Mexican American, Muslim, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Historical, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Race, Theme: Racial Discrimination, Theme: Repression, Theme: War, United States | 0 comments

Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh By Uma Krishnaswami Published by Lee & Low Books, Inc. Age Range: 9+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “This historical sports story will appeal to many elementary-aged students and provides a rich basis for a discussion of prejudice and the importance of standing up for one’s beliefs.”  —School Library Journal Description Nine-year-old Maria Singh longs to play softball in the first-ever girls’ team forming in Yuba City, California. It’s the spring of 1945, and World War II is dragging on. Miss Newman, Maria’s...

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It’s Not Like It’s A Secret

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 13 and up, Chinese American, Japanese American, Mexican American, North America, 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: Race, United States, Vietnamese American | 0 comments

It’s Not Like It’s A Secret

It’s Not Like It’s A Secret By Misa Sugiura Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 13+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Well-paced, brimming with drama, and utterly vital.” —Kirkus Reviews Description Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like the fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there’s the one that she can barely even admit to herself—the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend....

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We Came To America

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in Ages 05 and up, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Repression, Theme: Survival | 0 comments

We Came To America

We Came To America By Faith Ringgold Published by Random House Children’s Books Age Range: 5+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…teaches valuable lessons and boldly addresses sensitive topics like voluntary and involuntary immigration.” —Children’s Literature Description From the Native Americans who first called this land their home, to the millions of people who have flocked to its shores ever since, America is a country rich in diversity. Some of our ancestors were driven by dreams and hope. Others came in chains, or were escaping...

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Their Great Gift

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in Ages 08 and up, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | 0 comments

Their Great Gift

Their Great Gift By John Coy Photography by Wing Young Huie Published by Lerner Publishing Group Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A heartfelt reminder of a significant American ideal.” —Kirkus Reviews Description Simple text and thought-provoking photographs offer an utterly distinctive look at immigration to the United States through the eyes of children from many different backgrounds. Reviews & Accolades “Coy (Hoop Genius) and photographer Huie (Looking for Asian America), in his first book for children, deliver a visual...

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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...

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Ice in the Jungle

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Ages 03 and up, Theme: Allegory, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | 0 comments

Ice in the Jungle

Ice in the Jungle By Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar Published by Child’s Play-International Age Range: 3+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…a solid depiction of the anxieties children face when moving…”  —School Library Journal Description When Ice’s mother tells her that they’re going to move to an exciting new place, Ice isn’t so sure. She likes her home and her friends, and the fun they have together. The journey takes forever, and their new home is very strange. Everything is different – the weather, the food, the people and the language. Ice...

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One Green Apple

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Ages 05 and up, Muslim, North America, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Migrant Life, United States | 0 comments

One Green Apple

One Green Apple By Eve Bunting Illustrated By Ted Lewin Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Age Range: 5+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…a very gentle story about being new and different, with the author delivering her message in her classically subtle style.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah...

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A Piece Of Home

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Ages 05 and up, Korean, North America, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Migrant Life, United States | 0 comments

A Piece Of Home

A Piece Of Home By Jeri Watts Illustrated By Hyewon Yum Published by Candlewick Press Age Range: 5+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Immigrant children will relate to the head-spinning switch from ordinary to different, and their classmates might better understand the emotional impact of moving to a foreign land.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description When Hee Jun’s family moves from Korea to West Virginia, he struggles to adjust to his new home. His eyes are not big and round like his classmates’, and he can’t understand anything the teacher says, even when she speaks...

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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...

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Escape from Aleppo

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Ages 08 and up, Asian (West), Syria, Syrian, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | 0 comments

Escape from Aleppo

Escape from Aleppo By N. H. Senzai Published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…a gripping and intense story of the traumas inflicted on Syria’s citizens.” —Publishers Weekly Description Nadia’s family is forced to flee their home in Aleppo, Syria, when the Arab Spring sparks a civil war in this timely coming-of-age novel from award-winning author N.H. Senzai. Silver and gold balloons. A birthday cake covered in pink roses. A new dress. Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’...

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Islandborn

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Ages 05 and up, Domincian American, Dominican, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life | 0 comments

Islandborn

Islandborn By Junot Diaz Illustrated By Leo Espinosa Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 5+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “From its very first sentence, this first picture book from Díaz is both beautifully nuanced and instantly comprehensible…”  —Publishers Weekly Description Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places. So when Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t...

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Thief Girl

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Ages 13 and up, Canada, Chinese American, North America, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | 0 comments

Thief Girl

Thief Girl By Ingrid Lee Published by Lorimer, James & Company, Limited Age Range: 13+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A modern teen novel with emotional veracity and real intelligence.”  —Children’s Literature Description Sixteen-year-old Avvy Go straddles the line— between the immigrant neighborhood were she lives and works and the established neighborhood where she attends high school, the line between right and wrong, and the line between telling secrets and keeping them.  Set in an urban Chinatown neighborhood, Thief Girl is a frank look at...

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A So-Called Vacation

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Ages 14 and up, Mexican American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Child Labor, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Survival, United States | 0 comments

A So-Called Vacation

A So-Called Vacation By Genero Gonzalez Published by Arte Publico Press Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A realistic view of the contemporary migrant scene, along with complex truths about race and class.”  —Booklist Description This illuminating novel for young adults and up looks at contemporary as well as familial issues & sheds light on the subjects of immigrant labor & prejudice within the Hispanic community. The author blends ageless themes of fathers & sons at odds with a contemporary issue weighing on many minds. Reviews...

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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...

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Border Town: Crossing The Line

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Ages 12 and up, Mexican, Mexican American, North America, 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: Sibling Relationship, United States | Comments Off on Border Town: Crossing The Line

Border Town: Crossing The Line

Border Town: Crossing The Line By Malin Alegria Published by Scholastic Inc. Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “[An] unforgettable novel that brings readers face to face with the global refugee crisis…”  —Kirkus Reviews Description In Dos Rios, Texas, life is all about borders — and what happens when you cross the line.Nothing is simple in a border town like Dos Rios, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Even for high school students Fabiola Garza and her younger sister Alexis, whose parents run a local Tex-Mex restaurant, Dos Rios...

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Gabby, Lost and Found

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Ages 08 and up, Honduran American, North America, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Trauma, United States | Comments Off on Gabby, Lost and Found

Gabby, Lost and Found

Gabby, Lost and Found By Angela Cervantes Published by Scholastic Inc. Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…an age-appropriate glimpse of what happens when immigration status separates families.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description “My name is Gaby, and I’m looking for a home. Having the nicest clothes or cell phone isn’t important, but I’d like to have a cat that I can talk to when I’m home alone.” When Gaby Ramirez Howard starts volunteering at the local animal shelter, she takes special pride in writing...

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The Secret Side of Empty

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Ages 12 and up, Argentinean American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | Comments Off on The Secret Side of Empty

The Secret Side of Empty

The Secret Side of Empty By Maria Andreu Published by Running Press Book Publishers Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A”ndreu’s debut novel paints a realistic, yet hopeful, portrayal of the challenges of undocumented immigrants.”  —VOYA Description As a straight-A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T.’s life seems as apple-pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin. But M.T. hides two facts to the contrary: her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant. With senior year of high...

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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...

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Where Will I Live?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African (Unnamed Region), Ages 06 and up, Middle East, Middle Eastern (Unnamed Country), Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Community, Theme: Education, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | Comments Off on Where Will I Live?

Where Will I Live?

Where Will I Live? By Rosemary McCarney Published by Second Story Press Age Range: 6+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A poignant photojournalistic look at the issues confronting refugee children and their families…”  —School Library Journal Description This stunning photo essay takes a look at the thousands of children around the world who have been forced to flee war, terror, hunger and natural disasters, young refugees on the move with very little left except questions. It’s hard to imagine, but the images here will help unaffected children...

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