Julie Ham on Writing/Illustrating Outside of Your Culture

Julie Ham on Writing/Illustrating Outside of Your Culture

Julie Ham, associate editor at Charlesbridge Publishers, recently wrote a wonderful post on authors writing outside their culture on the CBC Diversity blog. She asks, “Can authors or illustrators write about or illustrate cultures and races different from their own?” and her answer is “Yes.” Ham writes, “Books about various races and cultures reflect the … Continue reading

Life, After

Life, After

Life, After By Sarah Darer Littman Published by Scholastic Press Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year, 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Teens, 2011 [Life, After] shows a place and part of recent history left mostly unexamined in YA literature, highlighting an act of terrorism in Argentina and a Latin American … Continue reading

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 | … Continue reading

No English

No English

No English By Jacqueline Jules Illustrated by Amy Huntington Published by Spry Publishing/Mitten Press “…Blanca’s path is one trailed by many children of immigrants in the United States…This gentle story succeeds in showing that there is much for children coming from other countries to get used to in school, which means that settling down to … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Far From Gringo Land

Far From Gringo Land

Far From Gringo Land By Edward Myers Published by Clarion Books “Reading this book is as close as readers can get to their own summer as gringos far from gringo land—a summer all young Americans would be the better for experiencing.” –Children’s Literature “Without bias, the author honestly depicts a rural Mexico that will give … Continue reading

Let’s Go See Papá

Let’s Go See Papá

Let’s Go See Papá By Lawrence Schimel Translated by Elisa Amado Illustrated by Alba Marina Rivera Published by Groundwood Books “While this is clearly a much-needed story that effectively captures the experience faced by many immigrant families, its themes are relevant to all children.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N … Continue reading

Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul By N.H. Senzai Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers “For all of Fadi’s differences from his Fremont, California classmates, he will still seem very familiar to many middle schoolers. The novel allows readers a view of a different culture and provides background for events that still plague us today.”—Steven Kral, … Continue reading

Home At Last

Home At Last

Home at Last By Susan Middleton Elya Illustrated by Felipe Davalos Published by Lee and Low Books “It’s a touching story that speaks to both immigrant and non-immigrant families without guise or pretension.” –Midwest Book Review Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description Ana Patino is adjusting well to … Continue reading

Under the Same Sky

Under the Same Sky

Under the Same Sky By Cynthia DeFelice Published by Square Fish “Joe’s immediate first-person narrative humanizes the workers, including the “illegal aliens,” and brings the reader close to their bitter struggle: the backbreaking, boring, sometimes dangerous work; and, for some, the constant dread of the police…” –Hazel Rochman, Booklist “This look at migrant workers carefully … Continue reading

Uncle Rain Cloud

Uncle Rain Cloud

Uncle Rain Cloud By Tony Johnston Illustrated by Fabricio Vandenbroeck Published by Charlesbridge Publishers “This concise tale about bridging cultures, languages, and generations will strike a chord with many children who are both learning English and translating for their families. The sensitive telling may also help monolingual children understand their classmates who are in that … Continue reading

New Teaching Resource for My Friend Jamal

New Teaching Resource for My Friend Jamal

We’re already thrilled with Anna McQuinn’s My Friend Jamal, a terrific children’s book about a multicultural friendship between two boys, one of Somali ancestry and the other of Polish ancestry. Celebrating commonalities rather than differences, it is the perfect addition to our list of I’m Your Neighbor books. We were especially thrilled to find this … Continue reading