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Meet the Author: Grace Lin

Meet the Author: Grace Lin


Books by Grace Lin:

Dumpling DaysStarry River of the SkyWhen the Mountain Meets the MoonWhen the Sea Turned to Silver

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Getting to Know New Neighbors from Around the World

Getting to Know New Neighbors from Around the World

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immigrant-welcome-center-logo“By helping newcomers feel welcome and valued, we are helping empower our newest residents to be a part of our city’s future.” ~ Immigrant Welcome Center

At the library, we have all kinds of resources for kids to learn about their immigrant neighbors:

  • Booklist: Friends Around the World – Books that are a window into the lives of children living in different places. Children eat, go to school and Their Great Giftplay all over the world. How are these experiences in different places different? How are they the same?
  • Booklist: Their Great Gift – The Immigrant Experience  Celebrate the people who have journeyed so far to start a new life here in America.  These books highlight the experiences, talents and hard work each of them brings – all of these things are a gift. We are lucky to have them joining our communities!
  • Booklist: Immigrant Stories – Here are some favorite books that will give you a chance to walk in the shoes of someone coming to America from somewhere new. You will meet some good friends in these stories. They are so strong and brave! Many of the stories are based on real people, often the author or a relative of the author.
  • Booklist: Christmas Around the World
  • Booklist: Cinderella Around the World
  • Booklist: Chinese New Year
  • Around the World: Celebrations
  • Around the World: Crafts and Games
  • Around the World: Food
  • Around the World: Tales & Stories
  • The Belpre Medal – An award presented each year to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding book for children. 2016 Pura Belpre Medal Winners
  • Homework Help: Countries of the World
  • Leer por Internet Ahora Mismo: Historias en Español

 

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Black History: Slavery

Black History: Slavery

Heart and Soul

Featured Book: Heart and Soul History can be overwhelming. It’s hard to keep the people and places and dates straight. I really like Heart and Soul because the history unfolds like a story. In fact, the book is written like an old lady talking. It’s like listening to your Grandmother explain it.

This book shows how a country can go from thinking a black person was property to having a black president. It explains how changes were slowly made to help make that happen. And it has the BEST paintings. Author: Kadir Nelson

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Books:

Stolen Moses Stitches Passenger on the Pearl
Words Underground NoMore America
Chains Elijah Jefferson Henry
Mumbet Volcano Beneath the Snow All Different Now HeartSoul
Which Way to Freedom

 


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To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

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Read Right Now! BLACK HISTORY

Read Right Now! BLACK HISTORY

Click on one of the book jackets to hear a story:

No Mirrors in My Nana's HouseWhite Socks OnlyCatching the MoonHarlemPicture Book of Martin Luther King Jr.

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To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

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The Rock and the River

The Rock and the River

The Rock and the River

Teenage brothers Sam and Stick live in Chicago in 1968. Their dad, Rev. Roland Childs, is a respected minister and close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King. Sam’s dad believes passionately in non-violent protest and tirelessly organizes and participates in peaceful protest marches.

Older brother Stick has begun to question Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and has been secretly attending meetings of the Black Panthers, an organization whose philosophies are more aggressive than Dr. King’s and are different from what Rev. Child’s preaches and teaches his boys at home. Sam is torn between the ideas of has father and the ideas of his older brother, both of whom he respects and admires.

Everybody can relate to being torn between two choices and being torn between the opinions of two people you respect. When it comes down to figuring out what you think for your own self – that’s when things get hard.

After Dr. King is assassinated and Sam witnesses the brutal beating of a friend by police officers, he becomes more interested in the ideas Stick is learning about at the Black Panther meetings. He begins to attend the meetings also. The conversation the teens have at home, at school, and at these meetings are some of the best parts of the book. They are living the civil rights struggle as they face discrimination every day. Listening to these conversations you get a real sense of each philosophy and why it was chosen by the people committed to it.

This book has a pretty explosive, surprising ending. It isn’t a book for the faint hearted. These are really hard issues and there is violence in the book. It isn’t a happy story with a happy ending because it’s not that kind of story. It wasn’t a happy time. The book is true to the historical period so the violence is part of the story being told.

It is hard for Sam and Stick to stand by watching people suffer the injustices of racism. When Sam finds out Leroy, the leader of the student Black Panthers, sneaks away to talk to Rev. Childs, the same way Sam is sneaking off to the Black Panther meetings, he realizes that these issues are hard for everyone. Sam discovers that standing quiet and firm is different than doing nothing and that you can be agressive, without being violent. A really powerful, emotional book. Don’t miss the author’s note at the end – it is a great discussion of the true events, people and groups that appear in this book. Author: Kekla Magoon Award: Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent 2010

Look Inside The Rock and the River

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