Congratulations to the winner of my first August Giveaway – Amazing Books to Help Students Meet New Americans. One Good Thing about America by Ruth Freeman goes to a teacher in New Hampshire. This week, it’s a story of migrations for the youngest of readers, Duncan Tonathiu’s Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote. It’s an award winning hardback picture book, perfect for libraries. I’m reposting my original review that appeared in The Pirate Tree, Social Justice and Children’s Literature.
Warren St. John, writer of Outcasts United about a soccer team made up of refugee kids in Clarkson, Georgia said “children live in this fantastic mosaic of society.” His hope for the book was that people “might risk the awkwardness of interacting with someone unlike themselves.” The coach of the team he profiled, Luma Mufleh, recently gave a Ted Talk called, “Don’t Feel Sorry for Refugees, Believe in Them”. She invites us to understand the background or refugees and the significance of their success in the world.
Joseph and Whoosh, of Joseph’s Big Ride, and I were invited to Lawrence Public Library’s wild and wonderful summer story series. Kids from all over the city and their teachers trek to the library! Thanks Jazmine and Niko Welch for playing Whoosh and Joseph in our storytelling. Afterwards, though, I found out the art that people bring to coloring sheets. I brought a Whoosh (Dominican American) and a Joseph (born in South Sudan) sheet. How about young Giovanni’s Joseph with a block cut. Thank you Lois Eliot, Children’s Room Coordinator, for the beautiful Children’s Library you have created.
Book artist Ken Daley, wish you’d been there.
One of the jobs I cherish doing is bringing NH Humanities’ book discussion programs to English Language Learners.I met with Christine Powers’ class of adult learners in Salem, New Hampshire this spring. They were all new Americans and also mothers. We met in the school where their kids go. Together we read a series of illustrated biographies including The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, the psychologist who wrote The Moral Life of Children. READ MORE
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.