Teach Immigration

dandicatIf you’re teaching students about issues around immigration or you are writing about immigrants, here’s a site that could support you from the American Immigration Council.   It’s Teach Immigration’s Share My Lesson.  Lessons offered range from ones for preschoolers to high school students.  Themes range from “Build an Inclusive Community” to novel studies.  I was very interested in  “Teaching Behind the Mountains and Immigration,”  a study on Edwidge Danticat’s  Behind the Mountains, the story of young Celiane growing up in Haiti.

I just read that funds for the American Immigration Council’s  work in education  and their blog Teach Immigration have been cut in order for the nonprofit to focus on legal issues. What an impossible choice for the staff to have to make.  The archive of lesson plans are in place and are gems for us to use.


New Immigrant Stories – Newsletter from Terry

terryfarish_home2New Immigrant Stories 2016.

Kudos to the illustrators I’ve worked with on my 2016 picture books.  Ken Daley illustrated Joseph’s Big Ride. Kirkus wrote about the book, “A young refugee’s dream of riding a bicycle comes true at last when he arrives in America….A joyful, upbeat tale that takes a positive perspective on an immigrant child’s first encounters.” Ken’s vibrant art is joyful.

Luis Paints the World was inspired after seeing murals created in alleyways in Lawrence, Luis Paints jpgMassachusetts. Illustrator Oliver Dominguez painted the world on Luis’s alleyway as it had to be, “lush” and “dynamic” a reviewer said.

For more on these books and all my immigrant stories,  here’s my Newsletter, New Immigrant Stories 2016.