When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all. Also available in eBook.
A young girl describes how her two daddies help her through her day, including her poppa cooking eggs and toast, her daddy fixing her knee when she is hurt, and both fathers being there for her when she needs love.
“Bee-bim Bop!” by Linda Sue Park ; illustrated by Ho Baek Lee
In bouncy, rhyming text, a hungry Korean-American child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop–a traditional Korean dish of rice, meat, and vegetables–as they shop for the ingredients, prepare the meal, set the table, and finally sit down with the family to enjoy the child’s favorite dish.
Explores how the languages different people speak, the foods they eat, the ways they dance, the holidays they celebrate, and the other things they do or refrain from doing reflect their different cultures.
The story of a West African youth who pursued an education, helped support his family and became a record-setting cyclist in spite of a disability traces his ongoing achievements as an activist. Also available in eBook.
In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child’s day! Also available in eBook and eAudio.
Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won’t understand why she doesn’t join them in the lunchroom. Lailah solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and in doing so learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs.
Our next Immigrant Heritage Month storyteller is Najwa Badawi. Read more about her journey, where she shares feelings of gratefulness "for the opportunities this country has offered me and hope that my story can serve as a reminder that with hard work and faith, better times lie ahead."