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A Refugee's Journey From Guatemala

Heather C. Hudak (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427119704

Martinez’s life in Guatemala is turned upside down when gangs harm and threaten the people in his neighborhood. He must leave his friends and two dogs behind when he and his family are smuggled to a refugee camp in Mexico, where thousands of families escaping violence hope to find safety. Interspersed with facts about Guatemala and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about gangs there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey from Iraq

Ellen Rodger (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427118806

Zainab has never known peace in her homeland of Iraq. She and her family flee the country after her father is threatened by one of the many groups fighting against the government. Zainab's life is on hold as her family seeks safety in Jordan and, later, the United States. Interspersed with facts about Iraq and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the ongoing conflict in Iraq and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey From Myanmar

Ellen Rodger (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427119711

Nazir, his father, and older brother live in Myanmar, a country that has experienced many years of violence. As a part of the Rohingya minority group, the family is considered unwelcome in their homeland. Nazir and his father flee by boat to a refugee camp, eventually escaping as refugees to the United States. Interspersed with facts about Myanmar and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey from Nigeria

Ellen Rodger (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120724

When the violence by militant terrorist group Boko Haram increases in her village in Nigeria, Baseema and her family make the difficult decision to seek refuge in another country. With limited places to go and few people who are able to help, Baseema is unsure of her future. She hopes to find safety in a country where she will be allowed to go to school, and live without constant fear. Interspersed with facts about Nigeria and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey from Iran

Heather C. Hudak (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120717

When Iran's government threatens Zahra’s family for speaking out against its actions, they decide to flee Iran and seek safety in Australia. The journey isn’t easy. Many refugees have died on the boat trip across the Indian Ocean. Granted asylum after many months of waiting, Zahra and her family must adjust to a new life. Interspersed with facts about Iran and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

Art in Different Places

Robin Johnson (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427119650

Through vibrant photographs and accessible text, this inviting title looks at the rich diversity of art forms in different places around the world. From decorative art forms such as basketweaving to painting, sculpture, and other visual arts, readers will understand how art is an expression of culture.

Race and Crime

Philip Steele (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427117700

This timely book offers a critical examination of issues in the headlines concerning racial bias, crime, and police violence. Race and Crime shines a light on biases and assumptions that link race with crime in the media, and encourages readers to reflect on these biases in the information they consume daily. Readers are asked to consider the roles that policing, prisons, immigration, and the media play in enforcing racism, and to examine their effects throughout history, which include hate crimes in the forms of slavery, genocide, and police violence. Through debate sidebars, critical thinking questions, and real-world case studies, this title goes beyond media headlines to encourage students to critically explore important issues surrounding race and crime in their communities, nations, and the world.

Waiting for Pumpsie

Barry Wittenstein (author) London Ladd (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580895453

In 1959 the Boston Red Sox was the last team in the Major Leagues to integrate. But when they call Elijah “Pumpsie” Green up from the minors, Bernard is overjoyed to see a black player on his beloved home team. And, when Pumpsie’s first home game is scheduled, Bernard and his family head to Fenway Park. Bernard is proud of Pumpsie and hopeful that this historic event is the start of great change in America. This fictionalized account captures the true story of baseball player Pumpsie Green’s rise to the major leagues. The story is a snapshot of the Civil Rights Movement and a great discussion starter about the state of race relations in the United States today.

Write to Me

Cynthia Grady (author) Amiko Hirao (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580896887

A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps. When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children's librarian Clara Breed's young Japanese American patrons are to be sent to prison camp. Before they are moved, Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them. Through the three years of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences. Using excerpts from children's letters held at the Japanese American National Museum, author Cynthia Grady presents a difficult subject with honesty and hope.

Princess and the Peas

Rachel Himes (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580897181

In this adaptation of The Princess and the Pea, Ma Sally cooks the best black-eyed peas in Charleston County, South Carolina. Her son, John, is a highly eligible bachelor, and three local women vie for his hand in marriage by attempting to cook as well as Ma. At the last minute, a surprise contestant named Princess arrives at the door. Princess and John are well-matched, but Princess has her own ideas. When told she has won John’s hand, she asks him to scrub the pots and pans before she'll give him an answer. Her answer, it turns out, is that she wants to spend some time getting to know John first. Backmatter includes an author’s note and a recipe for Princess’s Black-eyed Peas.

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

Natasha Yim (author) Grace Zong (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607346296

In this Chinese American retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda’s rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year.

Rickshaw Girl

Mitali Perkins (author) Jamie Hogan (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607341406

Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations. But Naima is not satisfied just painting alpana. She wants to help earn money for her family, like her best friend, Saleem, does for his family. When Naima's rash effort to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to bravely save the day. Includes a glossary of Bangla words and an author's note about a changing Bangladesh and microfinance.

A Long Pitch Home

Natalie Dias Lorenzi (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580898263

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 see him play. But playing baseball means navigating relation-ships with the guys, and with Jordan, the only girl on the team—the player no one but Bilal wants to be friends with. A sensitive and endearing contemporary novel about family, friends, and assimilation.

Esquivel!

Susan Wood (author) Duncan Tonatiuh (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607348269

Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan’s space-age lounge music - popular in the fifties and sixties - has found a new generation of listeners. And Duncan Tonatiuh’s fresh and quirky illustrations bring Esquivel’s spirit to life.

Like Vanessa

Tami Charles (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580897778

Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America. In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with a mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa's view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn't need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.

B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet

Sneed B. Collard (author), Joanna Yardley (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781585366163

"The sky in Montana somehow seems bigger, bluer, and more spectacular than in any other state." Author Sneed B. Collard, III writes, "it's simply because our sky stretches over such an abundance of beauty." In B is for Big Sky Country readers will find out where the Going-to-the-Sun Road really takes you and what city the copper capitol dome calls home.

Holidays and Traditions

Kyla Steinkraus (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425366

Every culture has their own traditions, customs, and festivals, but some are especially unique. From Christmas trees decorated with spider webs to a festival dedicated to a monkey’s delicious dinner, these really weird, totally true holidays and traditions will surprise and delight you!

Todo el mundo tiene una casa (Everyone Has a Home)

Nancy Allen (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781641561044

Do you think everyone’s home is like yours? Well, guess again. People around the world have many unusual types of homes: from treehouses, caves, igloos, and even mud houses with grass growing on top! Travel the globe to learn all about the interesting types of houses kids just like you call home. This title will allow students, with prompting and support, to ask and answer questions about key details in a text. • Text based questions • Bold keywords with picture glossary • Multicultural • World map

Ancient Cultures

Gary Sprott (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425359

From the Great Pyramids of Egypt to the Great Wall of China and beyond, the landmarks of the world’s ancient cultures still stand as impressive reminders of our past. But traces of these long-ago civilizations can also be found in more unusual places, including a fast-food restaurant!

Egyptian Mythology

Erin Palmer (author) Matt Forsyth (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425250

Introduce young readers to the basics of Egyptian mythology, focusing on origin, intriguing anecdotes, lesser known but fascinating information, ties to modern culture, and more!

Roman Mythology

Anthony Clark (author) Matt Forsyth (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425243

Introduce young readers to the basics of Roman mythology, focusing on origin, intriguing anecdotes, lesser known but fascinating information, ties to modern culture, and more!

Greek Mythology

Erin Palmer (author) Matt Forsyth (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425236

Introduce young readers to the basics of Greek mythology, focusing on origin, intriguing anecdotes, lesser known but fascinating information, ties to modern culture, and more!

American Indian Mythology

Anthony Clark (author) Matt Forsyth (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425267

Introduce young readers to the basics of American Indian mythology, focusing on origin, intriguing anecdotes, lesser known but fascinating information, ties to modern culture, and more!

Comiendo alrededor del mundo (Eating Around the World)

Craig Marks (author) Isabella Grott (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781641561181

Come try the foods of the world. Mexican tacos, American steak, and Italian pizza. So many yummy foods to see.

Levi's Family

Elliot Riley (author) Srimalie Bassani (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683424833

Easy reader introduces a foster child and his foster parents, highlighting their family dynamics and adoption.