Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma

English 4-8 Music Historical Figures Immigration Collective Action Joanna Ho & Teresa Martinez summary I’m confident that you’ve seen this gorgeous book floating around on the internet, and I’m here to try and add my two cents to campaign for why you need this book. Playing at the Border weaves together a specific event when…

The Samosa Rebellion

English MG Politics Oppression Racism Internment Rebellion SEL Activism Government Surveillance Immigration Shanthi Sekaran summary Did I pick up this book expecting a great read? Sure did. Did I expect it to blow my mind in the way that it did? Absolutely not. I love it when that happens. 12 year old narrator Muki lives…

Two Books Honoring the Immigration & Refugee Experience

English 5+ Immigration Military Occupation Poetry CW: Violence, gunfire, occupation summary I’ve always lived in the same country, but that’s certainly not everyone’s experience. It’s not even all of my family’s experience. I have two books for you today that pay homage to the international refugee experience. With all of the abominable happenings in Afghanistan,…

Thao

English & some Vietnamese 3 years & Up Self-Esteem Equity Growing Up Immigration Thao Lam summary Thao. Four letters, infinite pronunciation possibilities, much to Thao’s aggravation and dismay. Using a beautiful mix of collage and photos of herself as a child, Thao Lam tells the story of how she became desensitized to people mispronouncing her…

Escape: One Day We Had to Run

English 5 years & up Refugee Experiences Immigration Lived Experiences Social-Emotional Learning Ming & Wah Chen, Carmen Vela summary I had the opportunity to do the cover reveal for this book, and I’m so excited that it’s out in the world now! For #SweetsAndSocialJustice I found a recipe that put a new spin on one…

Anita and the Dragons

english 4-8 years Moving Dominican Identity & Culture Immigration Imagination Community Hannah Carmona & Anna Cunha summary Anita enjoys sitting on the roof and watching the dragons in the sky. Sure, some people call them airplanes…but they look like dragons to Anita. This stunningly beautiful book follows Anita as she goes from just watching the…

Butterflies Belong Here

Written By: Deborah Hopkinson Illustrated by: Meilo So For Ages: 5-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Nature, Activism, Environmental Activism, School, Community, Immigration. Summary: This wonderful book is a blend of non-fiction, activism, and social justice education wrapped up into a fictional story. Author Deborah Hopkinson described it as a blend of the two,…

The Pirate Tree

Written by: Brigita Orel Illustrated by: Jennie Poh For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Friendship, Social-Emotional Learning, Immigration, Imagination, African Culture & Identity, Girls Outdoors, Global Community. Summary:  This is a sweet book about friendship told from the perspective of a tree that some children are playing on.  Agu has just moved to where the tree is…

American as Paneer Pie [released June 9th 2020]

Written by: Supriya Kelkar Cover Art by: Abigail Dela Cruz For ages: YA Middle Grades and up Language: English  Topics Covered:¬†Racism, Indian Culture, Indian-American Families, Growing Up, Fitting In,¬†Own Voices, Immigration. Summary:  11 year old Lekha just wants to fit into her Detroit suburb, to not be teased for being Desi and having a birthmark (right where bindis are…

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border

Written by: Mitali Perkins Illustrated by: Sara Palacios For ages: 3-8 years Language: English & some Spanish Topics Covered: Family, Immigration, Border Patrol, POC-Centric Narratives, Latinx, Mexican-American, Culture & Traditions, Love, Growing Up, Global Community. Summary: Even though this is a story centering around Christmas, we felt the need to share it sooner rather than waiting for December to come around! This…