Theme: Cultural Identity

A Different Pond

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Ages 06 and up, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: War, United States, Vietnamese, Vietnamese American | 0 comments

A Different Pond

A Different Pond By Bao Phi Illustrated By Thi Bui Published by Capstone Young Readers Age Range: 6+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Spare and simple, a must-read for our times.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Featured on the 2017 Children’s Best Books Lists including Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Washington Post, Kirkus, New York Public Library, and more! Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son—and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about...

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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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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Ages 14 and up, Mexican American, Mexico, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | 0 comments

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter By Erika L. Sanchez Published by Random House Children’s Books Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Part detective story, part coming-of-age tale, Sánchez’s novel doesn’t shy from heavy subject matter.  —The New York Times Book Review Description Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. Then...

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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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Refugee

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Ages 09 and up, Caribbean, Cuba, Cuban American, Europe (Unnamed Country), Jewish, Middle East, Middle Eastern, Syria, Syrian, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States, Western European | 0 comments

Refugee

Refugee By Alan Gratz Published by Scholastic Inc. Age Range: 9+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat This compelling novel will help young people make sense of today’s refugee crisis. — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Description JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . . ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . . MAHMOUD is...

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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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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...

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It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Ages 12 and up, Iran, Iranian American, Middle East, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel By Firoozeh Dumas Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2016 Description Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American...

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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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Deep in the Sahara

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in African (West), Ages 04 and up, Mauritania, Mauritianian, Muslim, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Deep in the Sahara

Deep in the Sahara

Deep in the Sahara   By Kelly Cunnane Illustrated by Hoda Hadadi Published by Schwartz & Wade “The warm, affirming portrait of Islam (“A malafa is for faith”) makes this a valuable resource for both Muslim audiences and a broader readership interested in potentially unfamiliar customs and observances of faith.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Lalla lives in the Muslim country of Mauritania, and more than anything, she wants to wear a malafa, the colorful cloth Mauritanian women, like her mama and big sister, wear to...

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Yes! We Are Latinos

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Central America, Latino, Multicultural, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Yes! We Are Latinos

Yes! We Are Latinos

Yes! We Are Latinos By Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy Illustrated by David Diaz Published by Charlesbridge Publishers Available August 2013 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description Through first-person poems and descriptive prose, thirteen different Latino and Latina young people are introduced to readers. The histories of immigrants from various countries and in numerous situations are presented in a way that is both heartwarming and informational. Young Latino and Latina readers will find themselves in the text and non-Latino children can learn of...

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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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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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Noodle Pie

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Asia (Southeast), Australia, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Vietnam, Vietnamese | Comments Off on Noodle Pie

Noodle Pie

Noodle Pie By Ruth Starke Published by Kane/Miller Book Publishers “Despite his heritage, Andy observes contemporary Vietnam through Western assumptions and values. With the few Australian terms easily understood in context, his comments on foods, customs, and attitudes will amuse and resonate with U.S. readers in a rare, lighthearted Vietnam novel.” –Booklist   Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description It’s Andy’s first trip on an airplane when he and his dad travel to Vietnam to meet all his relatives. Talk about culture shock! Everyone calls him by...

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A Song for Bijou

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Central America, Haitian American, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on A Song for Bijou

A Song for Bijou

A Song for Bijou By Josh Farrar Published by Walker Children’s Farrar handles race and the complexities of interracial relationships by implication, through Alex’s discovery of the vibrant, new (to him) world just blocks away. A solid, timely effort.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Life for Alex Schrader has never involved girls. He goes to an all-boys prep school and spends most of his time goofing around with his friends. But all that changes the first time he meets Bijou Doucet, a Haitian girl recently relocated to...

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Crouching Tiger

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (East), Chinese American, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Crouching Tiger

Crouching Tiger

Crouching Tiger By Ying Chang Compestine Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene Published by Candlewick Press “Discipline and warmth bring a child and his Chinese grandfather closer together…Compestine creates a simple portrait of a familiar cultural bridge” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Vinson is very excited when his grandfather comes from China for a visit. When Grandpa practices tai chi in the garden, Vinson asks to learn, hoping it will be like kung fu, full of kicks and punches. But tai chi’s meditative postures are slow and...

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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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Faraway Home

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in African (East), Ages 06 and up, Ethiopian American, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Faraway Home

Faraway Home

Faraway Home By Jane Kurtz Illustrated by E.B. Lewis Published by Gulliver Books/Harcourt Books “Like Allen Say’s Grandfather’s Journey (1993), this picture book captures the immigrant experience when generations live far apart and even happy family life is mixed with longing for “back home.” –Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description As her father prepares for a trip back to his childhood home in Ethiopia, Desta begins to worry. Where does her father truly belong–in the village of his youth or here in America with her? What was...

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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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Memories of the Sun

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in African American, Ages 13 and up, Multinational/Multicultural, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Memories of the Sun

Memories of the Sun

Memories of the Sun: Stories of Africa and America Edited by Jane Kurtz Published by HarperCollins Publishers “This riveting collection of poems and short stories by award-winning African and African-American writers shares the complexities and surprises of living between two cultures and sometimes of one’s own culture. At the heart of many entries is the search for identity and, in many cases, identity derives from where characters find themselves at the moment” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description What is it like to grow up in...

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