Meet Your Immigrant-American Neighbor Giveaway

My Giveaways Continue on this late August day.  My theme is books about our immigrant neighbors. Some of the books tell stories set in the homelands of families now in the U.S.  It’s meeting immigrant families here in my state that has led to  read books to help me understand their cultures.  Here is one:  a memoir for teens and adults. ON TWO FEET AND WINGS.

Abbas Kazerooni offers the world a remarkable memoir as he tells of his escape from revolutionary Iran as a young boy. Faced with the prospect of never seeing his parents again, he struggles to find his way in Istanbul, where survival often depends on his skill in knowing who to trust and when to flee. This is a compelling story full of tension and heartbreak.  To enter, comment here. If you are an educator comment about how the book could support your work.

The Refugee Experience, ALA Booklist for Teens

ALA-YALSA offers a reading list of YA fiction and nonfiction to help teens understand the refugee experience.  The Refugee Experience for Teens.  The comments section took me to work of nonfiction I have to read, In the Sea There are Crocodiles, the story of Enaiatollah Akbadi written by Fabio Geda.  It is Geda’s “first person rendition” of Enaia’s journey from Afghanistan to Italy.

CuriousCity’s Month-by-Month in Kit Lit

For everybody celebrating the world’s events and joys and books that honor them, take a look at this magic created by Kirsten Cappy at Curious CityDPW. Curious City offers month-by-month book engagement programming kits, event kits, and book club and discussion guides.  Here!

Curious City honors World Refugee Day on June 20 with two of my favorite books to understand and welcome refugees, the YA novel in verse Something About America and the picture book, I’m New Here.

To celebrate National Library Week, you can play a scavenger hunt between chapters of Megan Frazer Blakemore’s Water Castle.

Do you want to celebrate National Cat Day?  Or International Tiger Day? You can with Raj the Bookstore Tiger.  Just like kids, the list shares both real-life struggles and delightful, giggling  whimsey.