Theme: Fleeing Persecution

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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Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Afghani, Afghanistan, African (West), Ages 10 and up, Asia (Southeast), Caribbean, Cuba, Cuban, Germany, Ivorian, Ivory Coast, Jewish, Middle East, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States, Vietnam, Vietnamese, Western European | Comments Off on Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees By Mary Beth Leatherdale Illustrated by Eleanor Shakespeare Published by Annick Press, Limited Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…educators and librarians looking for a human face for the refugee crisis will find this offering essential.:  —School Library Journal Description The phenomenon of desperate refugees risking their lives to reach safety is not new. For hundreds of years, people have left behind family, friends, and all they know in hope of a better life. This book presents five true...

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Shelter

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Ages 03 and up, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Shelter

Shelter

Shelter By Celine Claire Illustrated By Qin Leng Published by Kids Can Press Limited Age Range: 3+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…beautiful tale that reads like a fable to teach giving and kindness, with artwork that warms up as its characters do.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried. They wonder, ‘What are they doing there? What do they want?’ So, as the pair knocks at the door of one home after another asking for shelter,...

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How Dare The Sun Rise

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in African (Central), Ages 13 and up, Burundi, Congo, Congolese, Congolese American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on How Dare The Sun Rise

How Dare The Sun Rise

How Dare The Sun Rise By Sandra Uwiringiyimana Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 13+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “The title is a critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced but still accessible for a YA audience.”  —School Library Journal Description This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America,...

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Welcome

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Ages 03 and up, Theme: Allegory, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Repression, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Welcome

Welcome

Welcome By Barroux Published by little bee books Age Range: 2+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “This modern fable works as an engaging read-aloud and discussion starter for anyone looking to build community.”  —School Library Journal Description Three lost polar bears search for a new home in this timely book from award-winning French illustrator Barroux. Life is quiet and peaceful on the ice for three polar bears, until, “CRACK!” The ice breaks, and they drift away. The sea is dangerous, so they need to search for a new home. Then, the polar...

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Saving Kabul Corner

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Afghan American, Afghani, Ages 08 and up, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on Saving Kabul Corner

Saving Kabul Corner

Saving Kabul Corner By N.H. Senzai Published by Simon & Schuster Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “An engaging mystery—that it’s about Afghani families struggling and surviving in America is a plus.”  —Kirkus Reviews Description A rough and tumble tomboy, twelve-year-old Ariana couldn’t be more different from her cousin Laila, who just arrived from Afghanistan with her family. Laila is a proper, ladylike Afghan girl, one who can cook, sew, sing, and who is well versed in Pukhtun culture and manners. Ariana hates her. Laila not only...

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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 | Comments Off on Refugee

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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One Good Thing About America

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in African (Central), Ages 08 and up, Congolese, Congolese American, Iraqi American, Somali American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Learning English, United States | Comments Off on One Good Thing About America

One Good Thing About America

One Good Thing about America By Ruth Freeman Illustrated by Kathrin Honesta Published by Holiday House Publishing, Inc. Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Highly recommended for libraries seeking timely stories about the immigrant experience.” —School Library Journal Description It’s hard to start at a new school . . . especially if you’re in a new country. Back home, Anais was the best English student in her class. Here in Crazy America she feels like she doesn’t know English at all. Nothing makes sense (chicken...

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Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Ages 13 and up, Europe (Unnamed Country), Syria, Syrian, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, Theme: War | Comments Off on Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey By Margriet Ruurs Art by Nizar Badr Translated by Falah Raheem Published by Orca Book Publishers Age Range: 13 and older Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat   “An astonishing book that allows the humanity of refugees to speak louder than politics and introduces readers to one of Syria’s incredible artists.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review   Description This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children’s writer...

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Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Ages 07 and up, Central America, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guatemalan, Guatemalan American, Honduran, Honduras, Latino, Mexican, North America, Salvadoran, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Gangs, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds By Jorge Argueta Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano Published by Groundwood Books Age Range: 7 and older Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Argueta and Ruano present a unique and much-needed perspective on the reasons driving young people to immigrate to the U.S. … extremely vital.” —Booklist, Starred Review   Description Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central America. This book of poetry helps us to understand...

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The Journey

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Ages 06 and up, Europe (Unnamed Country), Middle East, Middle Eastern (Unnamed Country), Theme: Family Death, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on The Journey

The Journey

The Journey By Francesca Sanna Published by Nobrow Ltd Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…wonderful teaching tool for those who are welcoming refugees into their community. For those who have escaped war, this book might prompt them to share their own stories.” —The New York Times Book Review Description With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will stay...

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Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cambodian, Cambodian American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Genocide, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Either the Beginning or the End of the World   By Terry Farish Published by Carolrhoda LAB Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Read a Sample Chapter “…a glimpse into the complicated lineage of war-torn areas.” —School & Library Journal, starred review   Description For sixteen years, it’s been just Sofie and her father, living on the New Hampshire coast. Her Cambodian immigrant mother has floated in and out of her life, leaving Sofie with a fierce bitterness toward her—and a longing she wishes she could outgrow. To me she is as unreliable as the wind. Then...

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The Day My Father Became A Bush

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Ages 09 and up, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion | Comments Off on The Day My Father Became A Bush

The Day My Father Became A Bush

The Day My Father Became a Bush By Joke van Leeuwen Illustrated by Joke van Leeuwen Translated by Bill Nagelkerke Published by Lerner Publishing Group Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “A brilliant, eerily engrossing evocation of war as it brushes up against youth—a harsh slice of the world during a mean piece of history.” —Kirkus Reviews   Description A clear-eyed, funny, and off-beat novel about a girl making sense of a baffling world. ; Toda’ s father has gone away to fight in the war. Luckily, he’ s read about camouflage and will be able to hide from...

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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...

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In Too Deep

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in African (Central), Ages 10 and up, Congo, Congolese, Congolese British, England, Tanzania, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Foster Care, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Uncategorized | Comments Off on In Too Deep

In Too Deep

In Too Deep  By Tom Avery Published by Frances Lincoln Sequel to Too Much Trouble Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description “It’s Father,” my brother said. “He’s in trouble. We’ve got to get him.” Prince and Emmanuel are stunned to hear that someone who says she’s their mother is looking for them. Can it really be her, after four long years of separation? The boys are scared and suspicious. And then there’s another shock – they learn that their father is trapped in Tanzania, blackmailed by gangsters to pay off an impossible debt. The boys make a big decision – somehow they...

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Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Central America, Guatemala, Guatemalan, Honduran, Honduran American, Latino, Mexican, Mexican American, Mexico, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

Reading Harry Potter increases tolerance? A new study conducted in Italy and England and published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology showed that young people that read J.K. Rowling’s series and discussed sections of the book that deal with prejudice showed improved attitudes towards immigrants, GBLTQ citizens, and other minority groups. More here. Imagine that. Those who identified with Harry standing up for mudbloods and house elves and thwarting the malevolence of the Malfoys are better citizens. Speaking of citizens and the need to be better, there are certain American citizens...

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Refugee Boy

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in African (East), Ages 13 and up, England, Ethiopian American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy By Benjamin Zephaniah Published by Bloomsbury Publishing “This book brings to light the plight of refugees everywhere…The book would be a great asset to students learning about diversity and how they should handle similar situations.” –Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited. They have a great few days togther until one morning when Alem wakes up in the bed and breakfast they...

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Gringolandia

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 14 and up, Chilean American, South American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Gringolandia

Gringolandia

Gringolandia By Lyn Miller-Lachmann Published by Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press “Heartfelt and strong, with an in-your-face immediacy, this novel is revelatory in its portrayal of repressive regimes, immigrants, and familial relationships.” –VOYA “This poignant, often surprising and essential novel illuminates too-often ignored political aspects of many South Americans’ migration to the United States.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Daniel’s papá, Marcelo, used to play soccer, dance the cueca, and...

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Mohammed’s Journey

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Ages 07 and up, Asian (Central), England, Iraq, Kurdish, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Mohammed’s Journey

Mohammed’s Journey

Mohammed’s Journey: A Refugee Diary By Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young Illustrated by June Allan Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “As students begin to study the reality of our world and the plight of refugees, this title is useful for its perspective.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N           Description Mohammed was born in Kirkuk – the Kurdish part of Iraq. He speaks Kurdish, and now English too. Saddam Hussein persecuted Mohammed’s people long before he was born but...

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