Tag Archives: Migration

La Frontera: El Viaje Con Papa, My Journey With Papa

This bilingual book (Spanish and English) follows Alfredo and his father during the 1980s as they leave behind their home in Mexico for Texas.  The story is told through Alfredo’s eyes and is based on one of the author’s own experiences in crossing the border, la frontera.  It tells why they left Mexico, describes their difficult journey, and shows how courage and determination can lead to a better and more productive life. Colorful pictures prepared in graphite, acrylic, and digital collage complement the vivid narrative.  Back matter includes more on Alfredo’s story, information about borders and cultures, a map, notes about immigration, and photographs.  mjw
Title: La Frontera: El Viaje Con Papa, My Journey With Papa
Author: Deborah Mills and Alfredo Alva
Illustrator
: Claudia Navarro
Publisher
: Barefoot Books. Cambridge, MA and London
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English and Spanish
Translator
: Maria A. Perez
ISBN
: 978-1-78285-388-6
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Mexico and Texas
Author’s ethnicity
: Mills – U.S.  Alva – Mexican
Author’s residence
: Mills – U.S.  Alva – Texas
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Mexican
Illustrator’s residence
: Mexico
Subjects
: Central America, Emigrants and immigrants, Hispanic and Latino, Mexican Americans, Mexico, United States

The Baghdad Clock

This story, narrated by a teenage Iraqi girl in the midst of the first Gulf War mixes dreams with real life and fantasies with reality.  She huddles in an air raid shelter with her friend Nadia and the two imagine a world not torn apart by war.  They share dreams, hopes, desires, and first loves.  As they grow older and the bombs continue to fall, their friends begin to flee the country.  The use of metaphor, dream interpretations, and soothsayers helps build the narrative and the sense of place and time.  mjw
Title: The Baghdad Clock
Author: Shahad Al Rawi
Publisher
: Oneworld Publications, London
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Arabic
Translator
: Luke Leafgren
Original Publisher
: Dar al Hikma
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-78607-324-2
Hardcover pages
: 288
Age range
: 14 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Baghdad, Iraq
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Baghdad
Author’s residence
: Dubai
Awards
: 2018 Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction
Subjects
: Air raid shelters, Biography, Coming of age, Persian Gulf War – 1991, Teenage girls

Escape From Aleppo

 

Fourteen-year-old Nadia is accidentally separated from her family while fleeing from war-torn Syria in 2013. She meets an elderly man who agrees to help her. She eventually makes it to Turkey. Inspired by current events this coming-of-age novel deals with the horrors of the war. In the first part of the book, Nadia flashes back to more pleasant times of her life. Senzai does a wonderful job of describing Aleppo before and during the war. This is an informative and exciting story. mjw
Title: Escape From Aleppo
Author: N.H. Senzai
Publisher
: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4814-7217-3
Hardcover pages
: 336
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Syria
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: U.S. 
Subjects
: Arab Spring, Middle East, Refugees, Secrecy, Syria-Civil War 2011, Wars

A Different Pond

 

This quiet story is about a young Vietnamese boy and his father who go fishing early in the morning in Minneapolis so that the family can have food to eat. They don’t fish for recreation. They bond as the father tells the boy about fishing in his homeland of Vietnam, as well as a bit about the war where he was a soldier. Beautifully illustrated in vividly colored, graphic novel panels, the book conveys a powerful message. Notes from both the poet-author and the illustrator are included. mjw
Title: A Different Pond
Author: Bao Phi
Illustrator
: Thi Bui
Publisher
: Capstone Young Readers. North Mankato, Minnesota
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1479597468
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-8
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Minneapolis
Author’s ethnicity
: Vietnamese
Author’s residence
: Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Vietnamese
Illustrator’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: 2018 Caldecott Honor
Subjects
: Asian Americans, Fathers and sons, Fishing, Emigrants and immigrants, Poverty, Vietnam

The Night Diary

 

It’s 1947, and India, newly independent from British rule, has been divided into two countries: Pakistan and India. Twelve-year-old Nisha, who is half Muslim and half Hindu, doesn’t know where she belongs. Her Muslim mother died when Nisha was a baby. Her Hindu father decides it is too dangerous to stay in what has become Pakistan. Nisha and her family become refugees. They travel by train and foot to reach their new home. Nisha is finally able to meet her mother’s brother and find where she really belongs. Nisha’s story is told through diary entries she writes nightly to her mother. Included in the back is a helpful glossary. The author uses her own father’s story as a basis for this compelling historical novel. mjw
Title: The Night Diary
Author: Veer Hiranandani
Publisher
: Dial Books
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0735-2285-11
Hardcover pages
: 272
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: India, Pakistan
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Subjects
: Diaries, Family life, Hindus, Muslims, Partition 1947, Refugees, Siblings

Three Balls Of Wool (Can Change The World)

 

Narrated by an eight-year-old child, a family moves from 1960s Fascist Portugal to Communist Czechoslovakia in search of a better future. But the new country is far from ideal. Graphic designs on pale gray paper capture the darkness of the new city. The buildings are gray boxes and everyone wears monotone, orange, green, or gray sweaters knit in the same pattern. The mother unravels the sweaters and mixes the colors and stitches, knitting different bold checks, zigzags, and stripes. A foreword by Amnesty International gives the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Back matter gives the history of Portugal from 1962 to 1974. Maps, as well  as the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights are included.  mjw
Title: Three Balls Of Wool (Can Change The World)
Author: Henriqueta Cristina
Illustrator
: Yaro Kono
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books
Copyright
: 2017
Translator
: Lyn Miller Lachman
Original Title
: Com 3 Novelos (O Mundo Da Muitas Voltas
Original Publisher
: Planeta Tangerina, Portugal
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-220-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Portugal, Czechoslovakia
Author’s ethnicity
: Portuguese
Author’s residence
: Portugal
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Illustrator’s residence
: Portugal
Subjects
: Europe, Knitting, Needlecrafts, Refugees

Leaf

A polar bear arrived unexpectedly in the forest. He was unlike anything the animals had seen before. He collected leaves everyday. The animals were afraid of him, and they called him Leaf, not only after his habit, but because they wanted him to leave. One day Leaf burst through the forest covered in beautiful leaves. A meeting was called to decide what to do about him, but nothing was decided. Finally they let Leaf speak and they listened as he told them that he only wanted to go back home to his family. The crows then determined that they would fly him home. The gorgeous watercolor and pencil illustrations in blues, teal, gray, and black with brightly colored leaves tell of the plight of polar bears in today’s climate change. mjw
Title: Leaf
Author: Sandra Dieckman
Illustrator
: Sandra Dieckman
Publisher
: Flying Eye Books
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English : 
ISBN
: 978-1-911171-31-7
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-5
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: U.K.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: U.K.
Subjects
: Bears, Climate change, Fear, Helping behavior, Loneliness, Polar bears