To wrap up the end of the school year, Katrina, Adam and I will be compiling lists of books for you to check out for use in your classroom. These lists will be thematic and we’ll provide the links to Amazon. Because we are trying to give you a broad swath of the available literature, we won’t only be suggesting award winners, though we will denote which ones have won an award. This list is fairly short as our blog, through ¡Mira Look!, En la Clase, and Book Reviews, discusses numerous wonderful immigration/immigrant books (click on the links to be taken to our pages). As always, we encourage your suggestions in the comments below.
On a more personal note, I just wanted to thank all of you readers, commenters and ‘likers’. This has been such a great foray into the blog world; writing about something that truly effects the lives of many people, writing it for people who work tirelessly everyday to instill a sense of knowledge, joy, pride and compassion into our future. Thank you for your hard work, it does NOT go unnoticed. Have an excellent, adventurous summer. I hope you discover something new, enjoy the sunshine, flowers, birds and gentle breezes.
Books on Immigration:
- Star in the Forest — Laura Resau — Ages 7-10 — Américas Award Commended (numerous other awards as well).
- Crossing the Wire — Will Hobbs — Ages 8-12 — Américas Award Commended (numerous other awards as well).
- Life, After — Sarah Littman — Ages 10-13
- Homestretch — Paul Volponi — Ages 15-18
- Downtown Boy — Juan Felipe Herrera — Ages 9-13 — Tomás Rivera Award (about the immigrant experience after immigration and setting down roots)
- How Tía Lola Came to Stay — Julie Alvarez — Ages 7-9 (Tía Lola series)
- Call me María — Judith Ortiz Cofer — Ages 8-12
- Behind the Mountain — Edwidge Danticat — Ages 12-15