March 7, 2022 by Denise Davila
How War Changed RondoWritten by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy LesivTranslated by Oksana LushchevskaPublished in 2021 by Enchanted Lion BooksISBN 978-1592703678 At The Classroom Bookshelf, we have been thinking about the ways in which we talk about the war in Ukraine with our students. We imagine that you, too, are thinking about how you can talk […]
October 4, 2021 by Grace Enriquez
A remarkable middle grade novel that chronicles the refugee experience beyond the physical journey itself, Boy, Everywhere is not just a valuable addition to social studies and ELA units, but a gripping text for independent, small group, and whole class reading as well.
February 24, 2020 by Erika Thulin Dawes
“There are two sides to every story.” This well known phrase appears on the cover of Australian authors Kate & Jol Temple’s unusual picture book along with the image of two seals, presumably a child and caregiver duo. An initial read of this book prompts expressions of concern for this pair as they travel away from their storm ravaged home only to be met with the words, “There’s no room on our rock,” when they seek shelter. The text is reverse poetry and read from back to front, it offers an entirely different reading experience.
September 19, 2018 by Mary Ann Cappiello
If you are a frequent Classroom Bookshelf reader, you have likely noticed that over the past year we have posted a range of entries about books that reflect the immigrant and refugee experience. This week’s Monday post was devoted to two books: La Frontera and Dreamers. Last spring, we wrote entries on The Night Diary, Escape from […]
June 11, 2018 by Mary Ann Cappiello
The Night Diary Written by Veera Hiranandani Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018 ISBN: 9780735228511 Grades 4- 8 Book Review “Wasn’t independence from the British supposed to free us? We’ve never been less free” (p. 194). So observes twelve-year-old Nisha, the protagonist of Veera Hiranandani’s gorgeous historical novel that offers contemporary readers a […]
May 15, 2018 by Mary Ann Cappiello
Escape from Aleppo Written by N.H. Senzai Published by Paula Wiseman Books, Simon and Schuster, 2018 ISBN: 978-1-4814-7217-3 Grades 5-8 Book Review In the midst of the Syrian Civil War in fall of 2013, protagonist Nadia must find her way back to her family, from whom she was separated when a bomb hit their apartment […]
June 5, 2017 by Erika Thulin Dawes
The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World Written by Katie Smith Milway and Illustrated by Shane W. Evans Published by Kids Can Press in 2017 Grades 2 – 6 Book Review Fleeing from violence that separates him from his family, Deo arrives at Lukole, a refugee camp in Tanzania, emaciated, scared, and alone. […]
September 14, 2015 by Mary Ann Cappiello
“What they left to be here, in the cold country, where winter lasts forever, haunts them in the dark– golden hue of souk in sunlight, gentle calling through streets that said, brother, sit with me a minute, on the small stool with the steaming glass of tea. Sit with me. We belong together.” by Naomi […]
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