Theme: Historical

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 | 0 comments

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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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 | 0 comments

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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The Best We Could Do

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Asia (Southeast), North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: War, United States, Vietnam, Vietnamese, Vietnamese American | 0 comments

The Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do By Thi Bui Published by ABRAMS Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Hand this essential volume to teens who appreciate David Small’s Stitches and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.”  —School Library Journal Description This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of...

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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 | 0 comments

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...

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Lucky Broken Girl

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Ages 10 and up, Cuban, Jewish, Mexican, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Historical, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Trauma, United States | Comments Off on Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl By Ruth Behar Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 10+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A poignant and relevant retelling of a child immigrant’s struggle to recover from an accident and feel at home in America.” —Kirkus Reviews Description In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative—based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s—a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie’s plight will intrigue readers, and her...

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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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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 | Comments Off on You Bring The Distant Near

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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The Quiet Place

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on The Quiet Place

The Quiet Place

The Quiet Place By Susan Stewart Illustrated by David Small Published by Farrar, Straux and Giroux “Drawn in Small’s signature style, the delicate but vibrant illustrations, along with the pithy narrative vignettes, poignantly capture the emotional hardships and triumphs of the immigrant experience.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description When Isabel and her family move to the United States, Isabel misses all the things she left behind in Mexico, especially her aunt Lupita and hearing people speak Spanish.  But she also...

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Escaping the Tiger

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Laos, Laotian American, Thailand, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Survival | 1 comment

Escaping the Tiger

Escaping the Tiger By Laura Manivong Published by Harper Collins “Based on the author’s husband’s own experiences, this is a vivid and lovingly drawn tale of people caught in the crossroads of history and struggling to retain both dignity and hope.” –Children’s Literature “This is a moving story that breathes life into a chapter of twentieth-century history that may be little known to young readers.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Vonlai knows that soldiers who guard the Mekong...

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Mali Under the Night Sky

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Laos, Laotian American, Thailand, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Mali Under the Night Sky

Mali Under the Night Sky

Mali Under the Night Sky By Youme Landowne Illustrated by Youme Landowne Published by Cinco Puntos Press “Cinco Puntos Press has made a significant contribution in publishing Mali Under the Night Sky…The book’s value to Laotian families in diaspora is of course incalculable.” –Paper Tigers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Mali Under the Night Sky, a 2011 Skipping Stones honor book, is the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five. Before the war began, Mali lived...

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The Red Umbrella

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Cuba, Cuban American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on The Red Umbrella

The Red Umbrella

The Red Umbrella By Christina Diaz Gonzalez Published by Random House Children’s Books “Debut author Gonzalez excels at highlighting the cultural difficulties of their transition, as Luca and Frankie eventually end up living with a foster family in rural — and quite foreign — Nebraska.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town,...

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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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Armel’s Revenge

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in African (Central), Ages 07 and up, Congolese, England, Rwandan, Theme: Genocide, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship | Comments Off on Armel’s Revenge

Armel’s Revenge

Armel’s Revenge By Nicki Cornwell Illustrated by Erika Pal Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “A brave story that highlights how prejudices and hatred can influence the same families for generations.” –IBBY Link Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N         Description Christophe’s been given the job of looking after the new boy in his class. But Armel’s surly attitude makes him very difficult to be friends with. And when he realizes that there is more to Armel’s hostility than meets the eye, Christophe is...

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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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Never Fall Down

Posted by on Oct 13, 2012 in Ages 14 and up, Asia (Southeast), Cambodia, Cambodian American, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down By Patricia McCormick Published by HarperCollins Publishers/Balzer + Blay McCormick has done a remarkable job of creating an authentic first-person voice for Arn and using it to lay bare his almost unimaginable experiences of horror. The resulting book is powerfully, hauntingly unforgettable. —Michael Cart, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock ‘n’ roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers...

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The Storyteller’s Beads

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in African (East), Ages 07 and up, Ethiopia, Ethiopian American, Sudan, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Historical, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on The Storyteller’s Beads

The Storyteller’s Beads

The Storyteller’s Beads By Jane Kurtz Published by Harcourt Children’s Books “Although firmly grounded in the realities of Ethiopian life, which Kurtz (who grew up in Ethiopia) helps the reader see, hear, feel, and smell, the story is also universal, and will provoke reflection on prejudice, tolerance, and identity.” –Children’s Literature “This ultimately heartening novel is a solid addition to the growing body of middle-grade books for a multicultural world.” –Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N...

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The Lotus Seed

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on The Lotus Seed

The Lotus Seed

The Lotus Seed By Sherry Garland Illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “A thoughtful, beautifully designed book that will find a place in many discussions.”  –Kirkus Reviews “The spare simplicity of Garland’s tale about remembering one’s birthplace is richly amplified by Kiuchi’s arresting, light-filled paintings” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Forced to flee her beloved Vietnam to escape a devastating civil war, a woman takes only her children and a single...

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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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Tomas and the Library Lady

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Education, Theme: Historical, Theme: Migrant Life | Comments Off on Tomas and the Library Lady

Tomas and the Library Lady

Tomás and the Library Lady By Pat Mora Illustrated by Raul Colón Published by Dragonfly Books “A charming, true story about the encounter between the boy who would become chancellor at the University of California at Riverside and a librarian in Iowa.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Tomás is a son of migrant workers. Every summer he and his family follow the crops north from Texas to Iowa, spending long, arduous days in the fields. At night they gather around to hear Grandfather’s wonderful stories. But before long, Tomás knows all...

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Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Cuban American, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa By Veronica Chambers Illustrated by Julie Maren Published by Penguin Group “With few books about Cruz available for this age group, this is a welcome addition to the biography shelves.” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Everyone knows the flamboyant, larger-than-life Celia, the extraordinary salsa singer who passed away in 2003, leaving millions of fans brokenhearted. Now accomplished children’s book author Veronica Chambers gives young readers a lyrical glimpse into Celia’s childhood and her inspiring rise...

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