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Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World

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Music:

Christmas Around the World Pinterest Board: Freegal Christmas Around the World Links to several albums of Christmas music from around the world – free music you can download or stream with your library card! Directions Freegal Headphones 150

Traditions:

Christmas in Many Cultures Christmas Around the World Christmas Around the World 2 Christmas Traditions Around the World
Joy to the World Christmas Stories from Around the World Joy to the World Christmas Around the World 3 Merry Christmas Everywhere
Christmas Crafts From Around the World Craft It Up Christmas Around the World

Books:

A King James Christmas A King James Christmas : Biblical selections with illustrations from around the world.
Papa's Christmas Gift Depicts happenings in countries around the world on Christmas Eve, 1822, while Clement Clarke Moore gives to his family the first reading ever of his poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas.”
The Bear Families' World Tour of Christmas Mama and Papa Bear and their four children have a world tour Christmas, visiting friends and family in China, Australia, and other countries, and sharing special holiday traditions in each place.
Jingle Bells Presents the words of the familiar Christmas song, plus extra verses and brief descriptions of the Christmas traditions of Mexico, Sweden, the Philippines, Poland, Italy, and Kenya.

Africa

12 Days of Christmas in Africa Sets the traditional Christmas carol in Africa, using a combination of text and rebuses. Includes author’s note about some of the African traditions depicted.
The Night Before Christmas in Africa Inspired by the classic English poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” presents a similar tale in which Father Christmas arrives on a donkey cart to an African family with gifts of chickens, toys, and a very special present.
A Stork in a Boabab Tree Set in Africa during the Christmas season, this is the story of a village preparing for a celebration – the birth of a child. The story is inspired by the traditional carol The Twelve Days of Christmas, the gifts are: 1 stork in a baobab tree, 2 thatched huts, 3 woven baskets, 4 market traders, 5 bright khangas, 6 women pounding, 7 children playing, 8 wooden carvings, 9 grazing goats, 10 drummers drumming, 11 dancers dancing and 12 storytellers.

Australia

Christmas in Australia Describes the celebration of Christmas in Australia, including recipes, craft projects, and elements of the indigenous culture.
Kangaroo for Christmas Kathryn’s new pet kangaroo hops into a big pan of Christmas taffy cooling on Grandma’s porch. Australia
Christmas Wombat Christmas from a wombat’s point of view, including competition for the carrots children have left out for Santa’s reindeer. Australia

Austria

Silent Night the Song and Its Story Tells how the well-known Christmas carol, “Silent Night,” first came to be written and performed in Austria in the early 1800s.
The Taste of Snow When winter arrives in the Austrian Alps, eleven-year-old Nicole Kinders is given a magic candy cane by Boznik, the shopkeeper, but after her first taste, it seems the whole world becomes more colorful, more delicious, and more dangerous.

Canada

The Huron Carol An illustrated edition of the seventeenth-century Canadian Christmas carol that places the Nativity story in a Huron Indian setting.
The Flying Canoe On Christmas Eve, six French-Canadian trappers meet a mysterious stranger who gives them the gift of a trip to their homes in Montreal, if only they agree not to speak until they cross their own thresholds.

England

Katie's London Christmas When Katie and Jack wake up on Christmas Eve to hear someone sneezing, they discover Father Christmas, who has a cold, and offer to help him on his rounds as he travels around London.

France

Christmas in France Discusses how people in France celebrate Christmas, identifying traditional symbols, decorations, presents, foods, and customs associated with the holiday.
Joyeux Noel Lyrics to familiar Christmas songs in English and French with colorful illustrations and information about French Christmas traditions–also in English and French.
Shooting at the Stars the Christmas Truce of 1914 In 1914 France, a British soldier writes to his mother about the strange events of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when German and Allied soldiers met on neutral ground to share songs, food, and fun. Includes historical notes and glossary.
A Chanukah Noel A young Jewish girl is fascinated by the traditions of Christmas when her family moves to a small town in France.

Germany

Christmas in Germany Discusses how people in Germany celebrate Christmas, identifying traditional symbols, decorations, presents, foods, and customs associated with the holiday.
Fröhliche Weihnachten Lyrics to familiar Christmas songs in English and German with colorful illustrations and information about German Christmas traditions–also in English and German.
Christmas From Heaven Presents the story of how an American pilot participated in the Berlin Airlift and decided to drop candy for the German children caught behind the post-World-War II Soviet blockade, an effort intended to heal the wounds of war.
Cobweb Christmas Long ago in Germany, an old woman cleans her house and decorates her Christmas tree, hoping that this year she will witness some special Christmas Eve magic.

Ireland

The Wee Christmas Cabin A tinker’s child who grows up helpng everyone in her Irish village is rewarded in her old age with a cabin built by fairies on Christmas Eve.
Smudge In Ireland in the Middle Ages, young Brother Cuthbert, known for making mistakes and giving up easily, is chosen through a miscommunication to serve as scribe for an illuminated manuscript of the Nativity story, through which the Abbot hopes to make the monastery famous.
Angela and the Baby Jesus At Christmastime, six-year-old Angela takes the baby Jesus from the cold church manger to her warm house in Limerick, Ireland. Based on a childhood story told by the author’s mother.

Italy

Christsmas in Italy Discusses how people in Italy celebrate Christmas, identifying traditional symbols, decorations, presents, foods, and customs associated with the holiday.
Buon Natale Lyrics to familiar Christmas songs in English and Italian with colorful illustrations and information about Italian Christmas traditions–also in English and Italian.
Bambinelli Sunday An illustrated story about Bambinelli Sunday, an Italian Catholic family tradition in which hand-crafted babies (“bambinelli”) destined for the Nativity scene at home are blessed by the pope in a public celebration.
The Legend of Old Befana An Italian Christmas tale describing the heartening encounter between a group of royal men looking for the Baby King and an eccentric old woman who, after first turning them away, later bakes them cookies.
Nonna Tell Me a Story Italian-American chef Lidia Bastianich shares her memories of the Christmases she spent in Italy, where she learned to cook with her Nonna Rosa, and provides holiday recipes and decorating ideas.
Merry Christmas Strega Nona Strega Nona returns with her bumbling assistant, Big Anthony, and Bambolona, the baker’s daughter, in time for the big Christmas Eve feast. Italy

Japan

Tree of Cranes While a young Japanese boy recovers from an illness, his mother folds origami paper into beautiful silver cranes, decorates a small pine tree, and tells him all about her childhood in America and about the joyous holiday of Christmas.

Kenya

A Kenya Christmas Ten-year-old Juma and his aunt Aida plan to surprise his Kenyan village with an appearance by Father Christmas and find that they themselves are surprised.

Latin America

Twas Nochebuena Explores Latin American traditions for celebrating Christmas Eve in a text that combines English and Spanish words and follows the rhythm of Clement Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas”.
A Pinata in a Pine Tree In this adaptation of the folk song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” friends exchange such gifts as a piñata and “cuatro luminarias.” Includes pronunciation and glossary of Spanish words and a description of Christmas foods and other holiday traditions from different Latin American countries.

Mexico

Feliz Navidad Lyrics to familiar Christmas songs in English and Spanish with colorful illustrations and information about Mexican Christmas traditions–also in English and Spanish.
The Legend of the Poinsettia When Lucida is unable to finish her gift for the Baby Jesus in time for the Christmas procession, a miracle enables her to offer the beautiful flower we now call the poinsettia. Mexico
Nine Days to Christmas Ceci anxiously awaits her first posada, the special Mexican Christmas party, and the opportunity to select a piñata for it. Caldecott Medal Winner, 1960.
Pablos Christmas When his father goes to America to find a job that pays more than toymaking, young Pablo has to act as the man of the house, protecting their small farm and trying to keep his mother and sisters from worrying. Mexico
Carlos Light the Farolito When his parents and grandfather are late on Christmas Eve, it’s up to Carlos to take over his grandfather’s role in the traditional Mexican reenactment of the Nativity called Las Posadas.
When Christmas Feels Like Home After moving from a small village in Mexico to a town in the United States, Eduardo is sure it will never feel quite like home. The other children don’t speak his language and they do not play fútbol. His family promises him that he will feel right at home by the time Christmas comes along, when “your words float like clouds from your mouth” and “trees will ride on cars.” Eduardo discovers the United States is not so different from Latin America and home is wherever family is.

Nigeria

An African Christmas It’s Christmastime, and Afam has decided to create and dance his own Mmo, or masquerade, just like the big celebratory Mmos he sees performed at festivals. But each time he starts collecting things to make his costume, family preparations for Christmas — haircuts, visiting the tailor, a church service, a trip to their village — get in the way. Will Afam ever get to perform his Mmo? Nigeria

Norway

Christmas in Norway Discusses how people in Norway celebrate Christmas, identifying traditional symbols, decorations, presents, foods, and customs associated with the holiday.
Sister Bear Halva is traveling with her trained bear to visit the King of Denmark (Norway) when they stop for the night at a cottage where, they learn, a pack of trolls is about to make its annual Christmas Eve visit, causing trouble and making a big mess. Includes author’s note about the story’s origins.
Whos That Knocking on Christmas Eve A boy from Finnmark and his ice bear help scare away some hungry trolls so that Kyri and her father can enjoy their Christmas Eve meal. Norway

Panama

A Christmas Surprise for Chabelita Living with her grandparents after her mother moves to a distant town, Chabelita memorizes her mother’s favorite poem from childhood and plans to recite it at a Christmas pageant. Panama

Russia

Baboushka and the Three Kings An old Russian woman who was too busy to travel with the Wise Men to find the Child now searches endlessly for Him each Christmas season. Caldecott Medal Winner, 1961
The Miracle of Saint Nicholas When Alexi learns from his babuskha that a Russian village church has been closed for sixty years, the resourceful young boy decides to prepare it for a Christmas miracle.
Baboushka An old woman who was too busy to travel with the Wise Men to find the Child now searches endlessly for Him each Christmas season. Russia
The Tale of Baboushka When Baboushka hosts three men, they tell her that they are taking gifts to a king of love, and she is determined to go and give gifts to the king, but first she needs to get her house in order. Russia
Baboushka 2 While traveling, Babushka gives her gifts for the Christ child away and thinks she has nothing left to give the baby, only to discover that everything she gave away, she also gave to him. Russia

South Africa

What's Cooking Jamela Jamela is responsible for fattening up the chicken intended for Christmas dinner, but instead she gives it a name and makes it her friend. South Africa

Sweden

The Tomtes Christmas Porridge Every Christmas Eve, the family put out porridge for the tomtes to thank them for their help around the farm. But this year they forget, and Papa tomte will be angry if he finds out. So Mama tomte and the children hatch a cunning plan. Sweden
Flicka In Sweden, while visiting their aunt and uncle at Christmas, triplets Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka are trying out their new ice skates when their dog Mike and new friend Bertie fall through thin ice, and the girls must save them.
Christmas in Sweden Describes the customs, songs, foods, and activities associated with the celebration of Christmas in Sweden.
Pippi Longstockings After Christmas Party Pippi Longstocking’s after-Christmas party includes such activities as undecorating the Christmas tree, opening presents, and sledding. First Published in 1950 in Sweden.

Turkey

The Legend of Saint Nicholas by Demi Recounts pivotal events in the history and life of Saint Nicholas, including how he came to be associated with Christmas and Santa Claus. Myra, Present Day Turkey
Santa Who Describes the origins and evolution of Santa Claus, from the Turkish Saint Nicholas to the jolly, red-suited Santa of today. Also discusses similar legendary figures in other cultures.

Ukraine

Christmas in Ukraine Describes the celebration of Christmas in Ukraine; includes sections on native songs, recipes, and fun-to-do crafts appropriate to the holiday.
A Christmas Spiders Miracle A poor peasant woman who has no money for gifts or a special meal for her children gets help from a kindly mother spider on Christmas. Ukraine
The Spiders Gift Katrusya’s family cannot afford Christmas, but they cut a smalls pine tree in the forest, decorate it with buttons, and, when baby spiders hatch in its branches, they especially enjoy the silvery webs that appear. Ukraine

United States

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Indiana Noah writes a letter home each of the twelve days he spends exploring the state of Indiana at Christmastime, as his cousin Darcy shows him everything from the world’s largest Christmas tree to the Indanapolis Motor Speedway. Includes facts about Indiana.
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Georgia Jacob writes a letter home each of the twelve days he spends exploring Georgia at Christmastime, as his cousin Ava shows him everything from a brown thrasher in a live oak tree to twelve bouncing kangaroos. Includes facts about Georgia.
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree Ruthie and her mother wonder how they will fulfill their obligation of getting the perfect Christmas tree to the town for the holiday celebration, since Papa has left the Appalachian area to go to war.
A Child's Christmas in New England Draws on memories of Christmases from mid-twentieth-century New England, describing family members and friends who share holiday treats, enjoy sled rides, and listen for the sound of reindeer hooves on the roof.
Lighthouse Christmas Christmas is two days away, but Frances and her little brother Peter, who recently moved with their father to a lighthouse on an isolated island, fear that they will have no treats, no music, and no visit from Santa. Includes facts about the Flying Santa Service.
An Orange for Frankie Frankie and his eight brothers and sisters learn lessons about giving, family, and tradition during a snowy Michigan Christmas long ago.
Just in Time for Christmas A young boy, living in rural Kentucky, looks forward to the annual Christmas festivities, especially the traditional family cream candy; but, when his favorite dog disappears, he comes to realize that tradition and family have a deeper meaning.
Circle of Wonder a Native American Christmas Story A mute Indian child has an extraordinary experience one Christmas when, following a figure who seems to be his beloved dead grandfather, he becomes part of a circle in which he, animals, nature, and all the world join in a moment of peace and good will. Native American

United States: Asian American

Yoon and the Christmas Mitten Yoon, a Korean American, is excited to hear about Santa Claus and Christmas at her school, but her family tells her that such things are not part of their Korean tradition.

United States: Hispanic American

Las Posadas Follows a Hispanic American family in a small New Mexican community as they prepare for and celebrate the nine-day religious festival which occurs just before Christmas.
The Santero's Miracle With Christmas only days away, it snows so heavily that Jacobo the wood carver and his visiting grandson are afraid the roads will not be cleared in time for the rest of the family to come from the city, and that a sick neighbor will not get the help he needs. New Mexico
The Twelve Days of Christmas a Pinata for a Pinon Tree Provides a Southwestern spin on a Christmas classic, enhanced with bright illustrations, musical notation, and a recipe for a New Mexican holiday cookie–the bizcochitos!
Charro Claus One Christmas Eve, Santa Claus asks his cousin Pancho to help him deliver toys to the boys and girls along the Texas-Mexico border, and when he agrees, Santa magically transforms him into Charro Claus.
El Regalo de mi Abuela The story of a Christmas holiday in Spanish Harlem that young Eric spends with his grandmother. After they prepare their traditional Puerto Rican celebration, Eric and Grandma visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a school project, where he sees a painting by Diego Velasquez and realizes for the first time that he could be an artist when he grows up. Grandma witnesses his fascination, and presents Eric with the perfect Christmas gift–a sketchbook and colored pencils–to use in his first steps toward becoming an artist.
Uno Dos Tres Posada A little girl guides the reader through each step of a posada, a Hispanic holiday tradition celebrated on the nine nights before Christmas.
La Noche Buena While spending Christmas with her Cuban American grandmother in Miami, Florida, young Nina misses her usual New England holiday but enjoys learning about the foods and other traditions her father knew as a child.
The Farolitos of Christmas With her father away fighting in World War II and her grandfather too sick to create the traditional luminaria, Luz helps create farolitos, little lanterns, for their Christmas celebration instead. New Mexico

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Poop Detectives

Poop Detectives

Some dogs don’t make good pets, but they can be great on the job. I learned reading this book that dogs have thirty times the number of smell receptors in their noses than humans do. They can smell in layers. When we might say, “that smells like apple pie,” a dog can smell the distinct parts of the pie individually, all at once….apple, sugar, flour, cinnamon. Humans can’t SEE smells, and humans can’t smell in layers, but dogs can. They make great detectives! They can smell clues people can’t! And believe it or not, one useful thing they can do is smell different kinds of animal poop. These dog detectives make great partners for animal scientists.

It might seem odd to spend years searching out animal poop, but when you understand why, it makes perfect sense. As Dr. Wasser, one of the scientists in this book who studies animals says about studying poop, “You can get a lot of information on a species without ever seeing a single animal.” (page 12) And that is important, because the scientists don’t have to see or disturb the animals to find out what they need to know. So studying poop, is really pretty brilliant. In this book you can go alongside scientists and their dog partners as they track bears, wild cats and even whales!

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More Books about Working Dogs:

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Friends Around the World

Friends Around the World

These books 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?

a-ticket-around-the-worldA Ticket Around the World – An introduction to the world’s diversity follows the journeys of a young boy who visits friends in thirteen different countries and explores their respective cultures, languages, foods, geography, wildlife, and landmarks.


can-you-say-peaceCan You Say Peace? – Every September 21 on the International Day of Peace, children around the world wish in many different languages for peace.


celebrating-birth-around-the-worldCelebrating Birth Around the World – A wonderful world of celebrations from around the world featuring the world’s main religions as well as some little-known ceremonies and festivals, this book takes a look at how birth is celebrated in many different places.


celebrating-weddings-around-the-worldCelebrating Weddings Around the World – A wonderful world of celebrations from around the world featuring the world’s main religions as well as some little-known ceremonies and festivals, this book takes a look at how getting married and weddings are celebrated in many different places.


children-from-australia-to-zimbabweChildren from Australia to Zimbabwe – Text and photographs depict how children live in nations across the alphabet, from Australia to Zimbabwe.


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Children Just Like Me – Photographs and text depict the homes, schools, family life, and culture of young people around the world.


city-atlas-travel-the-world-with-30-city-mapsCity Atlas – 30 best-loved cities from around the world are brought to life with illustrations which show in detail key landmarks, famous people, iconic buildings and cultural icons.


coming-of-age-around-the-worldComing of Age Around the World – Discover a world of celebrations from around the world featuring the world’s main religions as well as some little-known ceremonies and festivals, this book takes a look at how growing up and coming of age are celebrated in many different places.


dreams-around-the-worldDreams Around the World – Thirteen children from around the world share their dreams for the future, as well as a day in their lives.


a-faith-like-mineA Faith Like Mine – Presents detailed personal accounts which give unique insight into the diversity of religious faith as experienced by children across the world.


farms-around-the-worldFarms Around the World – Learning about animals, plants, and activities on a farm, you’ll read about the jobs that must be done daily, the changing seasons, and how food gets from the farm to your plate.


if-america-were-a-villageIf America Were a Village – This book uses a simple metaphor to create a snapshot–past, present and future–to help readers imagine America as a village of 100 people, exploring their lives to help children and readers of all ages to discover a whole new vision of America.


its-back-to-school-we-goIt’s Back to School We Go – In easy-to-read text, describes what the first day of school might be like for a child in Kenya, Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Peru, Germany, India, Russia, and the United States.


just-like-me-climbing-a-treeJust Like Me Climbing a Tree – Introduces twelve distinctive trees from across the world, including Mexico’s Montezuma cypress, South Africa’s baobab, and Australia’s white mulberry, and looks at what makes each one so unique.


a-life-like-mineA Life Like Mine – Looks at what life is like for children of different countries and how each child can fulfill his or her hopes and ambitions no matter how little or much their human rights are infringed.


my-librarian-is-a-camelMy Librarian is a Camel – Describes unusual mobile libraries found around the world. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2008-2009, 4-6 Nominee. Mi Bibliotecaria es un Camello


my-school-is-in-the-rain-forestMy School in the Rain Forest – A lively photo-essay examines the many ways children across the globe learn, from a webcam near the Sahara desert to a school that floats on a river to a school high in the Himalayas. By the author of My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World.


off-to-classOff to Class – Describes some of the different and unusual school settings around the world, from an environmentally sustainable school in India to schools within caves in China and schools for the nomadic tribes of Siberia.


our-worldOur World – Take a trip with your favorite Disney characters and learn how children around the world live, celebrate, speak, eat, etc.


remembering-the-dead-around-the-worldRemembering the Dead Around the World – Discover how people remember the passing of their loved ones all around the world. Featuring the world’s main religions as well as some little-known ceremonies and festivals, this book takes an intriguing and colorful look at how death is commemorated in many different places.


school-days-around-the-worldSchool Days Around the World – “What is a school? Is it a building with classrooms? Or can it be any place where children learn?” The fascinating stories that follow will expand how young readers think of school, as they learn about the experiences of real children in thirteen different countries around the world.


school-days-around-the-world-2School Days Around the World – What is a school? Is it a building with classrooms? Or can it be any place where children learn?” The stories that follow will expand how young readers think of school, as they learn about the experiences of real children in thirteen different countries around the world.


a-school-like-mine-2A School Like Mine – Introduces children from around the world and discusses where they live, how they play, and what their schools are like.


schools-in-different-placesSchools in Different Places – Discusses how schools from around the world are different by describing buildings, rules and responsibilities, and schedules.


this-child-every-childThis Child, Every Child – Examines how children from different countries around the world live and how their lives differ from children elsewhere, including issues such as access to water, healthcare, and education.


wake-up-worldWake Up World – Takes a look at home life, schooling, and other aspects of everyday life around the world by comparing the experiences of children from Ghana, Russia, Australia, California, Brazil, Vietnam, and England.


the-way-to-schoolThe Way to School – Your way to school might be by yellow bus, bicycle or car, but around the world children are also getting to class by canoe, through tunnels, up ladders, by donkey, water buffalo or ox cart. A collection of gorgeous, full-color photographs of schoolchildren from Myanmar, Ghana, Brazil, China, Canada and beyond, readers will see that the path to school can be “long and hard and even scary” depending on the lay of the land, the weather, even natural disasters.


what-we-wearWhat We Wear – Uses colorful photographs to show the clothing and dress of children from places around the globe, including Peru, Uganda, and Sweden.


whats-for-lunchWhat’s for Lunch? – An examination of the food consumption by school children in thirteen countries; focusing on school lunches, as wel as the inequality of food and the importance of health, nutritious food.


the-world-of-birthdaysThe World of Birthdays – Discusses how birthdays are celebrated in Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and the United States. Includes instructions for making a craft, game, or recipe from each country.


you-and-me-togetherYou and Me Together – From a festival in India to a bus in Germany, from a park in China to a campfire in Australia, loving moms, dads, and kids share their lives.

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Their Great Gift – the Immigrant Experience

Their Great Gift – the Immigrant Experience

 

Their Great Gift

Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land – There are very few words in this book…the pictures tell the story. What you see on the cover is very much like what you see inside. Each time you turn a page you see 4-6 photographs of different immigrant families.

For some of you, depending on where you live, the people in these pictures might not seem familiar. But in other places, like here in Indianapolis, this book looks like a photo album of people you see while grocery shopping or getting an oil change or walking in a park. Indianapolis is a very diverse city. People have immigrated here from all corners of the globe. This book, and the books listed below, celebrate each of these people who have journeyed so far to start a new life here in America. The 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!


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More Books about the Immigrant Experience:

this-land-is-our-land_1This Land is Our Land – This book explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history, particularly between 1800 and 1965. The book concludes with a summary of events up to contemporary times, as immigration again becomes a hot-button issue.


national-geographic-ellis-island_1National Geographic Ellis Island – Looks at the history of Ellis Island and identifies its early roles as a Mohegan island, fisherman rest spot, famous immigration station, and today’s museum.


we-came-to-america_1We Came to America – Celebrates United States immigration and the country’s diverse immigrant heritage.


journey-to-ellis-islandJourney to Ellis Island: How My Father Came to America – An account of the ocean voyage and arrival at Ellis Island of twelve-year-old Julius Weinstein who, along with his mother and younger sister, immigrated from Russia in 1922.


ellis-island-coming-to-the-land-of-liberty_1Ellis Island Coming to the Land of Liberty – Tells the complete history of the national landmark, highlighting its most notable purpose as an immigration service station that welcomed nearly twelve million people to the United States between 1921 to 1954.


yes-we-are-latinos_1Yes! We Are Latinos – A collection of stories about young Latino’s immigrant experience in the United States. Disponible en español: ¡Si! Somos Latinos.


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Out of Iraq: Refugees’ Stories in Words, Paintings & Music – Uses words and pictures to tell the stories of Iraqi families who have left their homes in Iraq and fled to Syria and Jordan where they wait for the time it will be safe for them to return home.


at-ellis-islandAt Ellis Island: a History in Many Voices – The experiences of people coming to the United States from many different lands are conveyed in the words of a contemporary young girl visiting Ellis Island and of a girl who immigrated in about 1910, as well as by quotes from early twentieth century immigrants and Ellis Island officials.


we-are-americansWe Are Americans: Voices of the Immigrant Experience – Letters, diaries, and oral histories profile the often challenging but ultimately rewarding experiences of US immigrants during the last 20,000 years.


coming-to-americaComing to America: a Muslim Family’s Story – Depicts the joys and hardships experienced by a Muslim family that immigrates to New York City from Alexandria, Egypt, in the hope of making a better life life for themselves.


my-journey-through-ellis-island_1My Journey Through Ellis Island – Traveling to live in a new country can be terrifying, especially to a child. Leaving behind family, friends, and places you know and love is something everyone can relate to. In this book, readers board a boat with an immigrant child going to the United States for the first time. The first-person narration introduces readers to Ellis Island and the many immigrants coming to America during the late 1800s and early 1900s, including their reasons for doing so. Historical images and fact boxes add context to this important social studies topic.

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Anything But Ordinary Addie

Anything But Ordinary Addie

Anything But Ordinary Addie

 

Adelaide Herrmann was a little girl who wanted to make a splash. She did not want to be ordinary, so she set out to do extraordinary things. And she did, but as soon as she accomplished one extraordinary thing, she was ready to push herself to the next one. Addie liked the “wow” factor and a little danger made her exploits even better! She even let herself be set on fire! Don’t worry – it was her husband who did it. He was a magician!

All of this was pretty extraordinary for a woman of her time. Addie was born in 1853. Oregon and Minnesota weren’t even states yet! And of the state that existed, very few allowed women to own land. NONE of them allowed women to vote. Adelaide was an independent thinking woman way ahead of her time. And to be even MORE extraordinary, Addie became a well known magician herself – even the great magician Harry Houdini thought she was good! Addie wanted to dazzle, and she did!

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Women Daredevils:

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Magicians:

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Magic Tricks:

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