Theme: Immigration

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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My Beautiful Birds

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (West), Syria, Syrian, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | 0 comments

My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds By Suzanne Del Rizzo Published by Pajama Press Inc. Age Range: 6+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “If you’ve been wondering how to present the refugee crisis to children without losing faith in humanity, take a look at this graceful, even uplifting book.” —The New York Times Book Review Description Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbors in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can think of...

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A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Ages 12 and up, Asian (West), Germany, Greece, Macedonia, Syria, Syrian, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, Turkey | 0 comments

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land Of Permanent Goodbyes By Atia Abawi Published by Penguin Young Readers Group 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 Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking — and timely — story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced the crisis firsthand. In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His...

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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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American Street

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Ages 14 and up, Caribbean, Haiti, Haitian, Haitian American, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Detention, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Race, Theme: Racial Discrimination, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on American Street

American Street

American Street By Ibi Zoboi Published by HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews! Description In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture. On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s...

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Journey 84

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Ages 10 and up, Mexican, Mexican American, Mexico, North America, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Journey 84

Journey 84

This is not a book, but it is story. This is an ad created by 84 Lumber to air during the 2017 Super Bowl. It was deemed too controversial for the original ad and banned from broadcast. It is a mother and daughter’s symbolic migrant journey towards becoming legal American citizens.

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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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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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A Long Pitch Home

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Ages 09 and up, Asian (Southwest), Muslim, Muslim American, North America, Pakistan, Pakistani American, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, United States | Comments Off on A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch Home By Natalie Dias Lorenzi Published by Charlesbridge Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat Description Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to...

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Joseph’s Big Ride

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in African (East), African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African American, Ages 06 and up, Kenya, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Joseph’s Big Ride

Joseph’s Big Ride

Joseph’s Big Ride By Terry Farish Illustrated by Ken Daley Published by Annick Press, Limited Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “A joyful, upbeat tale that takes a positive perspective on an immigrant child’s first encounters..” —Kirkus Reviews Description A refugee boy’s determination to ride a bicycle leads to an unexpected friendship. Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike, but he’s too small to ride it. Joseph and his mother travel to America, where everything is...

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Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in I'm Your Neighbor News, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine

Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine

Following is the keynote address by author Maria Testa for the Citizenship Ceremony held at Portland Public Library, Portland, ME on March 10, 2016 It is an extraordinary honor to welcome new Americans to our country. What we are witnessing today is, in fact, a tremendous gift to our country. You have honored all of us by choosing to become Americans. Those of you who are familiar with my work as a writer know that I have been exploring the ideal of America – and the question of who is an American – for quite some time. In my explorations, I have sometimes looked to my own family, my own...

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Two White Rabbits

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Guatemalan, Latino, Mexican, Mexico, Salvadoran, South American, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | 1 comment

Two White Rabbits

Two White Rabbits By Jairo Buitrago Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng Published by Groundwood Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “An important and timely picture book for every library collection.”  —School Library Journal  Description In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the U.S. border. They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn’t know where they are going. She counts the animals by the road, the clouds in the sky, the stars....

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Empathy for the Struggles of Childhood Immigration

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Refugee/Immigration Literature (Articles), Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Empathy for the Struggles of Childhood Immigration

Empathy for the Struggles of Childhood Immigration

Author and illustrator Eugene Yelchin writing for The New York Times Book Review profiled the I’m Your Neighbor featured picture books My Two Blankets, Mama’s Nightingale, I’m New Here, and Seeds of Friendship. Read the article. “These books will inspire not just empathy for the struggles of childhood immigration, but admiration for their authors’ and illustrators’ ingenuity as well.” —Eugene Yelchin, The New York Times Book...

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My Two Blankets

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African (Unnamed Region), Ages 04 and up, Australia, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: War | Comments Off on My Two Blankets

My Two Blankets

My Two Blankets By Irena Kobald Illustrated by Freya Blackwood Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   “Loneliness, cultural displacement, tentative friendship, and an explosion of sharing and kindness are accessible even to very young readers.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review   Description Moving is hard—but friends make it easier. In this stunning multicultural picture book illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medalist Freya Blackwood, a young girl has moved to a new country with her auntie, and misses all she’s ever known....

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Lost Girl Found

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in African (East), Ages 13 and up, Kenya, Refugee Camp, Sudan, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Lost Girl Found

Lost Girl Found

Lost Girl Found   By Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca Published by Groundwood Books All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Africare.org, a charitable organization that works with local populations to improve the quality of life for people in Africa. Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description For Poni, life in her small village in southern Sudan is simple and complicated at the same time. Stay in school. Beat up any boy who tries to show attention. Watch out for the dangers in the river. But then the war comes. And when soldiers arrive in her village, and bombs...

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The Turtle of Oman

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Ages 07 and up, Middle East, Oman, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on The Turtle of Oman

The Turtle of Oman

The Turtle of Oman By Naomi Shihab Nye Published by Greenwillow Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   “A warm and humorous peek at the profound and mundane details of moving from one country to another—a perfect pick for kids on the move.” — Kirkus Reviews   Description This accessible, exquisite novel shines with gentle humor and explores themes of moving, family, nature, and immigration. It tells the story of Aref Al-Amri, who must say good-bye to everything and everyone he loves in his hometown of Muscat, Oman, as his family prepares to move to Ann Arbor,...

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