Books

American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures by America Ferrera

For adults and teens

Award-winning actress America Ferrera invites 31 of her friends, peers, and heroes to share their stories about life between cultures. We know the authors as actors, comedians, athletes, politicians, and artists, but they are also immigrants, children of immigrants, Indigenous people, and people who grew up with deep, personal connections to more than one culture.

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Book Discussions American Like Me

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Skokie Public Library

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Morton Grove Public Library

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Morton Grove Public Library

Monday, March 3, 2020
Niles-Maine District Library

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker

For adults and teens

George Takei tells his story of childhood imprisonment during World War II within US government-run Japanese-American internment camps. This graphic novel examines questions like what does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide that? How do you respond when the world is against you?

Where to find it

Book Discussions They Called Us Enemy

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Village Inn Pizza

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Niles-Maine District Library

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Oakton Community College Skokie Campus

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

For upper elementary (grades 6-8)

This acclaimed, lyrical novel in verse follows twelve-year-old Jude’s journey immigrating from Syria to Cincinnati and adjusting to life in the United States, seeking to find belonging in her new home while remaining connected to her family that she has left behind.

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Book Discussions Other Words for Home

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Niles-Maine District Library

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Morton Grove Public Library

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

For middle elementary (grades 3-5)

The Undefeated, written as a poem, is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.

Where to find it

Book Discussions The Undefeated

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Skokie Public Library

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Niles-Maine District Library

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

For middle elementary (grades 3-5)

Mia is the daughter of immigrant parents. Her family lives in a motel where her parents clean the rooms, and Mia works at the front desk. Her parents hide immigrants, and if the mean motel owner finds out, her family will be doomed. With aspirations of being a writer, it will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, and go for her dreams.

Where to find it

Book Discussions Front Desk

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Morton Grove Public Library

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Niles-Maine District Library

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

For early elementary (grades K-2)

Award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story in this beautiful, autobiographical picture book.

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The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López

For early elementary (grades K-2)

When Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself to his classmates, they laugh. When Rigoberto meets Angelina and begins to make a friendship, he realizes he may not be the only person who feels like an outsider.

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The Little Red Stroller by Joshua Furst, illustrated by Katy Wu

For early elementary (grades K-2)

This delightful picture book follows the life of one sturdy red stroller as it is shared by many families across a diverse community.

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