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It is Ramadan and your Muslim kids’ families are dominated by fasting. Why not support the kids by providing some books in your school or class library so that non-Muslims can learn more about Muslim lives?
“Whether you’re from a Muslim family looking for more representation in children’s literature, or a teacher or parent of non-Muslim children wanting to better understand and celebrate Muslim culture, there are so many wonderful storytellers in the kids’ lit community who have contributed to essential, diverse narratives that pay homage to the rich history and vibrant present of this community.
Following the breakout success of the graphic novel anthology, Our Stories Carried Us Here, Green Card Voices presents the children’s graphic novel series of the same name. In this series, we explore the same challenging questions of identity, race, and discrimination, but written for an audience in grades 3-5. As our student population becomes increasingly BIPOC (52% of US school population in 2020), teachers and parents are searching for books that are reflective of who their students and children are, and which help them feel more at home in America. Through authentic narratives from immigrant storytellers and engaging full color visuals, developing and fluent readers access and explore a variety of distinctly American experiences. Each book features a single story presented in both English and the native language of the storyteller. Moreover, supporting pages provide background building content, thought provoking discussion questions, and a well curated list of additional resources for extension opportunities.
Reading Level: 600L-1200L
Audience: All children, 3th -5th grade, 8-12 years old
Share cultures, stories of children immigrants, first and possibly second generation
Show how diverse each immigrant journey is
Focus on a diverse group of children immigrants coming from several different regions
Vol 1.: Mexico (March 2022)
BELONGING TO AMERICA AND MEXICO
Vol 2.: Yemen (Sept 2022)
Vol 3.: Hmong (Feb 2023)
Vol 4: Rohingya
Provide detailed and authentic resources for other children immigrant to reference about their culture
Focus on the change/transition from the immigrant’s previous life in their birth country to America
Show the integration of their culture and America’s culture and how they could still be themselves and follow their culture while living in America
Estimated total count of pages: 32 pages in English, translated; TOTAL: 64 pages
Type of book: Children’s hardcover book
Bilingual flip book: one language on one side (front), another on the other side (back)
Dimensions of book: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Use illustration by immigrant illustrator (preferably from the same region)
Book cover will be a illustrated with a color portrait (all volumes will follow the same structure)
Color palette: each volume has its own color palette
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