January 2010 Archives
Books shown in the video:
Afghan Dreams: Young Voices From Afghanistan by Tony O'Brien and Michael P. Sullivan
How My Family Lives in America by Susan Kuklin
Just Like Home; Como En Mi Tierra by Elizabeth I. Miller, Mira Reisberg, Teresa Mlawer
Hannah Is My Name by Belle Yang
You And Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World by Barbara Kerley
Cooper's Lesson by Kim Cogan, Min Paek, Sun Yung Shin
Romina's Rangoli by Jennifer Wanardi, Malathi and Michelle Iyengar
My Name Is Yoon by Gabriela Swiatkowska, Helen Recorvits
The Candy Shop by Jan Wahl, Nicole E. Wong
The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin
My Mexico by Tony Johnston
The books that appear in these annotated book lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). NCSS and CBC have cooperated on this annual bibliography since 1972.
Books selected for this bibliography are written primarily for children in grades K-8. The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text. Each book is read by several reviewers, and books are included on the list by committee assent.
More about Debbi Michiko Florence's books:
Children can dig in with hands, feet and mind to 4,000 years of this country's history, traditions and culture. Through photos, illustrations, diagrams, interviews and activities children will gain a deeper understanding of China and its people.
A hands-on, interactive guide to the culture, history, people, and traditions of Japan. Children will:
- learn how to write and speak some Japanese words
- explore fascinating places like Mount Fuji and Tokyo
- learn how to fold origami and how to use chopsticks
- discover what schools in Japan are like
And for those wondering which bubble tea shop I like best: Fantasia Tea Cafe.
Cora is the youngest child in a Filipino-American family. She longs to do things her older brother and three older sisters do. One day when her older siblings are all gone, she sees her chance. This is the day she helps her mother make pancit, a chicken, vegetable, noodle dish. As Mother and Cora cook together, Mother tells stories of Lolo, Cora's grandfather, who migrated from the Philippines to California. The pancit is served for the evening meal with five children, Mother, and Father all enjoying this special dish. As Cora observes the dinnertime scene, she replaces the doubt she had about her contributions with pride in her work.
Both story and illustrations capture the frustration of being the youngest, while it celebrates a close family with a loving and understanding mother. And the story not only tells of the immigrant experience, it provides the very pleasant way of experiencing culture through oral family stories and food. A glossary reviews the Tagalog words used, and the recipe for pancit is on the final page.
This week's video features a book called Minutka: The Bilingual Dog by Anna Mycek-Wodecki. It sparked my imagination about bilingual pets and bilingual texts. Take a look.
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Emily Jiang is a writer of children's and YA literature. She also blogs at TLeaf Readings.
Shen’s Books is a publisher of multicultural children’s literature that emphasizes cultural diversity and tolerance, with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia.
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