Theme: #OwnVoices

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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Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Ages 08 and up, Chinese American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: The Arts, United States | 0 comments

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Authors Extraordinaire By Susan Tan Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte Published by Roaring Brook Press Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Readers will identify with Cilla and wish they were friends with her in real life.”  —School Library Journal Description Priscilla “Cilla” Lee-Jenkins is on a tight deadline. Her baby sister is about to be born, and Cilla needs to become a bestselling author before her family forgets all about her. So she writes about what she knows best—herself! And Cilla has a lot to write...

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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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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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Love, Hate and Other Filters

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Ages 14 and up, Indian American, Muslim, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Racial Discrimination, Theme: The Arts, United States | 0 comments

Love, Hate and Other Filters

Love, Hate and Other Filters By Samira Ahmed Published by Soho Press, Incorporated Age Range: 14+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A great examination of how hatred and fear affects both communities, and individual lives.”  —School Library Journal Description American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of...

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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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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 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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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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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 | Comments Off on The Best We Could Do

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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Dear World

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Asian (West), Syria, Syrian, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Detention, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, Turkey | Comments Off on Dear World

Dear World

Dear World By Bana Alabed Published by Simon & Schuster Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Eight-year-old Alabed delivers a gripping first-hand account of the war in Syria…”  —Publishers Weekly Description When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in war-torn Syria, her heartrending messages touched the world and gave a voice to millions of innocent children. Bana’s happy childhood was abruptly upended by civil war when she was only three years old. Over the next four years, she...

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In The Country We Love

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Columbian American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Advocacy, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Community, Theme: Deportation, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, United States | Comments Off on In The Country We Love

In The Country We Love

In The Country We Love By Diane Guerrero Published by St. Martin’s Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A moving, humanizing portrait of the collateral damage caused by America’s immigration policy.”—Kirkus Reviews Description Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness 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 | Comments Off on Painted Words and Spoken Memories

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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From Far Away

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Ages 04 and up, Canada, Lebanese, Muslim, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Education, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | Comments Off on From Far Away

From Far Away

From Far Away By Robert Munsch, Saoussan Askar Illustrated by Rebecca Green Published by Annick Press, Limited Age Range: 4+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A sad, challenging, and ultimately hopeful real-life story.” —Kirkus Reviews Description When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom,...

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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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Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Ages 08 and up, Mexican American, North America, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: First Generation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, United States | Comments Off on Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Stef Soto, Taco Queen By Jennifer Torres Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Age Range: 8+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “Stef’s fresh, honest voice will resonate with a broad swath of readers, as will the relatable struggles she negotiates…” —Publishers Weekly Description A heartwarming and charming debut novel about family, friends, and finding your voice all wrapped up in a warm tortilla. Estefania “Stef” Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family’s taco truck. She wants...

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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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A Map Of Home

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in African (East), Ages 14 and up, Egpyt, Egyptian, Greek, Kuwait, Middle East, Muslim, North America, Palestinian, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Bi-racial Identity, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Gender Roles, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on A Map Of Home

A Map Of Home

A Map Of Home By Randa Jarrar Published by Penguin Publishing Group Age Range: 18+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “A coming-of-age story that’s both singular and universal-an outstanding debut.” —Kirkus Reviews Description In this fresh, funny, and fearless debut novel, Randa Jarrar chronicles the coming-of-age of Nidali, one of the most unique and irrepressible narrators in contemporary fiction. Born in 1970s Boston to an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father, the rebellious Nidali—whose name is a feminization of the word “struggle”—soon...

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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 | Comments Off on A Different Pond

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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