Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Supporting Our Immigrant and Refugee Children Through the Power of Reading
By Don Vu
“Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Happiness” is the first professional title dedicated to addressing a school's reading culture with a focus on the needs of immigrant and refugee students and families-including learning their target language, English. Dr. Vu presents the research-informed six conditions of culture-Commitment, Collection, Clock, Conversation, Connection, and Celebration-that create a school environment where immigrant and refugee students can thrive. Additionally, Dr. Vu provides practical strategies that most effectively support students who are new to this country.
Grades K-3 | By Yuyi Morales Illustrated by Esau Andrade Valencia
In retelling her migration story, the author-illustrator celebrates the gifts immigrants bring to America and the wonder of public libraries.
Drawing from Memory
Grades 5-9 | By Allen Say
“Drawing from Memory” is Allen Say's own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today. Shunned by his father, who didn't understand his son's artistic leanings, Allen was embraced by Noro Shinpei, Japan's leading cartoonist and the man he came to love as his “spiritual father.” As WWII raged, Allen was further inspired to consider questions of his own heritage and the motivations of those around him. He worked hard in rigorous drawing classes, studied, trained, and ultimately came to understand who he really is.
Part memoir, part graphic novel, part narrative history, "Drawing from Memory" presents a complex look at the real-life relationship between a mentor and his student. With watercolor paintings, original cartoons, vintage photographs, and maps, Allen Say has created a book that will inspire the artist in all of us.
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