This blog is created by Linda Williams at the Connecticut State Library. It’s purpose is to suggest books, by topic, to replace outdated books in the children’s/YA book collection. Tabs across the top categorize ongoing posts. Please feel free to suggest topics for future posts!

Refugees

September 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Books about refugees:

Refugee Camps

Picture Books

Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams (Eerdmans 2007)*
Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief workers. Includes author’s note about refugees.

Fiction

Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca (Grouncwood 2015) TEEN
When war comes to her village in southern Sudan, Poni is forced to flee, and join thousands of refugees travelling on foot and experiencing great hardship on their way to a refugee camp.

Mud City by Deborah Ellis (Doublas & McIntyre 2003)
Fourteen-year-old Shauzia, an Afghan refugee living in a camp in Pakistan, determines to find a way to fulfill her dreams of seeing the ocean and beginning a new life in France.

Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson (Clarion 2009)
In 1998 when the Kosovo hostilities escalate, thirteen-year-old Meli’s life as an ethnic Albanian, changes forever after her brother escapes his Serbian captors and the entire family flees from one refugee camp to another until they are able to immigrate to America.

Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go: A Novel of Haiti by Laura Rose Wagner (Amulet 2015) TEEN
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Nadine goes to live with her father in Miami while her cousin Magdalie, raised as her sister, remains behind in a refugee camp, dreaming of joining Nadine but wondering if she must accept that her life and future are in Port-au-Prince.

*Books marked with an asterisk are available to Connecticut school and public libraries at the Middletown Library Service Center.

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Immigrant Experience – Picture Books

September 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Picture books about the immigrant experience:

From Afghanistan to America

Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams (Eerdmans 2007)*
Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief workers. Includes author’s note about refugees.

From Poland to America

An Ellis Island Christmas by Maxinne Rhea Leighton (Viking 1992)*
Having left Poland and braved ocean storms to join her father in America, Krysia arrives at Ellis Island on Christmas Eve.

From Sudan to America

My Name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams (Eerdmans 2009)*
As a refugee from Sudan to the United States, Sangoel is frustrated that no one can pronounce his name correctly until he finds a clever way to solve the problem.

*Books marked with an asterisk are available to Connecticut school and public libraries at the Middletown Library Service Center.

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Africa – Nonfiction Picture Books

September 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Picture books which take place in specific African countries (see note):
Algeria ; Angola ; Benin ; Botswana ; Burkina Faso ; Burundi ; Cameroon ; Cape Verde ; Central African Republic ; Chad ; Comoros ; Democratic Republic of the Congo ; Republic of the Congo ; Cote D’Ivoire ; Djibouti ; Egypt ; Equatorial Guinea ; Eritrea ; Ethiopia ; Gabon ; The Gambia ; Ghana ; Guinea ; Guinea-Bissau ; Kenya ; Lesotho ; Liberia ; Libya ; Madagascar ; Malawi ; Mali ; Mauritania ; Mauritius ; Mayotte ; Morocco ; Mozambique ; Namibia ; Niger ; Nigeria ; Rwanda ; Saint Helena ; Sao Tome and Principe ; Senegal ; Saychelles ; Sierra Leone ; Somalia ; South Africa ; Sudan ; Swaziland ; Tanzania ; Togo ; Tunisia ; Uganda ; Western Sahara ; Zambia ; Zimbabwe

AFRICA (download .doc) or  AFRICA (download .pdf)

ALGERIA

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BENIN

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BOTSWANA

Elephant Quest by Ted Lewin (HarperCollins, 2000)
Recounts an expedition through the Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Botswana, describing the vegetation and wildlife, and culminating in the sighting of an African elephant herd. [591.968]

BURKINA FASO

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CAMEROON

 

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CHAD

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (formerly known as Zaire)

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COTE D’IVOIRE (IVORY COAST)

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EGYPT

 

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ERITREA

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ETHIOPIA

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GHANA

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KENYA

Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation by Jan Reynolds (Lee & Low 2011)
A collection of photographs featuring the Maasai people in Kenya, traditionally nomadic herders, highlighting the challenges they currently face and the ways the people are adapting their practices and lifestyle due to these challenges.

LESOTHO

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LIBERIA

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MALAWI

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MALI

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MOROCCO

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NIGERIA

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SEYCHELLES

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SIERRA LEONE

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SOUTH AFRICA

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SUDAN

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SWAZILAND

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TANZANIA

The Chimpanzee Children of Gombe:  50 Years With jane Goodall at Gombe National Park* by Jane Goodall (Minedition 2014)
Jane Goodall introduces young readers to some of her favorite chimpanzees living in Gombe National Park, describing their behavior and family life.

UGANDA

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WEST AFRICA

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ZAMBIA

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ZIMBABWE

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Central America & Caribbean Area Countries – Nonfiction

September 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Picture books which take place in specific Central American & Caribbean nations.
Anguilla ;  Antigua and Barbuda ; Aruba ; The Bahamas ; Barbados ; Belize ; British Virgin Islands ; Cayman Islands ; Costa Rica ; Cuba ; Curacao ; Dominica ; Dominican Republic ; El Salvador ; Grenada ; Guatemala ; Haiti ; Honduras ; Jamaica ; Montserrat ; Navassa Island ; Nicaragua ; Panama ; Puerto Rico (not a nation) ; Saint Barthlemy ; Saint Kitts and Nevis ; Saint Lucia 

CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN PICTURE BOOKS (.doc) CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN PICTURE BOOKS (.pdf)


ANTIGUA & BARBUDA


Leeward Islands: Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Eustatius, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, and Montserrat by Lisa Kozleski (Mason Crest, 2015)
Contents: The land — The history of the Leeward Islands — The economy of the Leeward Islands — The culture and people of the Leeward Islands — The cities and communities — Festivals of the Leeward Islands — Recipes. (972.97)

CARIBBEAN AMERICANS

This Kid Can Fly: It’s About Ability (Not Disability) by Aaron Philip with Tonya Bolden (Balzer + Bray, 2016)
Aaron Philip’s memoir chronicles his extraordinary journey from happy baby in Antigua to confident teen artist in New York City. His honest, often funny stories of triumph– despite physical difficulties, poverty, and other challenges– are as inspiring as they are eye-opening. (618.928)


BAHAMAS


The Bahamas by Martin Hintz (Children’s Press, 2013)
Contents: Good Day, Bahamas — Water, Water, Everywhere — All That Blooms, Walks and Wiggles — The Old Days — Running the Government — Making Money — A Rainbow People — Following An Almighty — Gettin’ on Down — Daily Doings — Timeline — Fast Facts. (972.96)

The Bahamas by Colleen Madonna Flood Williams (Mason Crest, 2015)
Contents: Islands and cays — Pirate’s paradise — A tourism-driven economy — Urban islanders and family islanders — Cities and districts –A calendar of Bahamian festivals — Recipes. (972.96)


BARBADOS


 


BELIZE


 


COSTA RICA


 

Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica by Cathleen Burnham (Crickhollow, 2016)
An inspiring real-life story of a group of kids in Costa Rica helping to protect endangered sea turtles and their eggs, patrolling the beaches for poachers and protecting the eggs from animal predators.

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke (Margaret McElderry, 2013)*
Hang around just like a sloth and get to know the delightful residents of the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the world’s largest sloth orphanage. You’ll fall in love with bad-boy Mateo, ooh and ahh over baby Biscuit, and want to wrap your arms around champion cuddle buddy Ubu!

Handle With Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey by Loree Griffin Burns (Millbrook, 2014)*
Introduces readers to a butterfly farm in Costa Rica.

When the Monkeys Came Back by Kristine L. Franklin (Atheneum 1994)
Always remembering how the monkeys in her Costa Rican valley disappeared when all the trees were cut down, Marta grows up, plants more trees, and sees the monkeys come back.

COSTA RICAN AMERICANS

 


CUBA


 

 

CUBAN AMERICANS

 

 


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC


 

DOMINICAN AMERICANS

 


EL SALVADOR


 

SALVADORAN AMERICANS

 

 


GUATEMALA


 

 

 

GUATEMALAN AMERICANS

 


HAITI


 

 

HAITIAN AMERICANS

 


JAMAICA


 

 

JAMAICAN AMERICANS

 


PANAMA


Hands of the Rain Forest: The Emberá People of Panama by Rachel Crandell (Henry Holt, 2009)*
NONFICTION. An introduction to the lifestyle and traditions of the Emberá culture of Panama.

PANAMANIAN AMERICANS


PUERTO RICO


 

 

 

PUERTO RICANS

 


SAINT LUCIA


 


TRINIDAD & TOBAGO


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NOTE: Asterisked books can be borrowed from the Middletown Library Service Center by Connecticut libraries. Please email Linda.Williams@ct.gov.

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Reading Management Software

August 31, 2017 Leave a comment
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Kids of Color on Book Covers

August 10, 2017 Leave a comment

See a .pdf with 2017 picture books featuring kids of color on the cover here.

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Historical Fiction for Children & Teens

July 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Links to Lists of Historical Fiction for Children and Teens

Awards for Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults

Periodical Articles 

  • Whose History Is It?: Diversity in Historical Fiction for Young Adults by April M. Dawkins. School Library Connection, May/June 2017 pp.12-15 (you can access this through researchIT CT)
  • Decolonizing Nostalgia: When Historical Fiction Betrays Readers of Color by Sarah Hannah Gomez. The Horn Book Magazine, November/December 2016. pp. 20-25 (you can access this through researchIT CT)

Information About Historical Fiction

*Asterisked books are available at the Middletown Library Service Center, Middletown, CT
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