“By helping newcomers feel welcome and valued, we are helping empower our newest residents to be a part of our city’s future.” ~ Immigrant Welcome Center
At the library, we have all kinds of resources for kids to learn about their immigrant neighbors:
Booklist: Friends Around the World– Books that are a window into the lives of children living in different places. Children eat, go to school and play all over the world. How are these experiences in different places different? How are they the same?
Booklist: Their Great Gift – The Immigrant Experience–Celebrate the people who have journeyed so far to start a new life here in America. These 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!
Booklist: Immigrant Stories –Here are some favorite books that will give you a chance to walk in the shoes of someone coming to America from somewhere new. You will meet some good friends in these stories. They are so strong and brave! Many of the stories are based on real people, often the author or a relative of the author.
The Belpre Medal– An award presented each year to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding book for children. 2016 Pura Belpre Medal Winners
“The position of National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature was created to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.
The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is named by the Librarian of Congress for a two-year term, based on recommendations from a selection committee representing many segments of the book community. The selection criteria include the candidate’s contribution to young people’s literature and ability to relate to children.”
Born on November 16, 1915, Jean Fritz has written over 30 books for children since her first book, Bunny Hopwell’s First Spring was published in 1954. Fritz is probably best known for her Newbery Honor book “Homesick” and for many, many entertaining biographies.
“History isn’t boring, once you get to know the people,” says children’s author Jean Fritz. “In my writing, I give people their place.” From National Endowment for the Humanities: Jean Fritz
One of the most interesting things I read about her is this:
“In her books about real people of the past, Jean Fritz never makes up dialogue. Instead, she draws on the real letters, diaries, and journals of those people, using only words that they actually wrote or spoke. This practice can make writing scenes and conversations difficult, but Fritz feels it keeps her writing true to the people involved.” From Meet the Author Jean Fritz
Prize winning children’s author Jean Fritz takes takes the viewer along for a research trip at the Hasting’s Public Library: