Children’s stories offer new opportunities to grow in compassion and understanding for different ways of life—or to see your own family traditions depicted in print. Crack open these titles, with contributions from Lisa Plummer, children’s and young adult book buyer at Interabang Books in Dallas:
Drawn Together by Minh Lê – Based on the author’s personal experience, a boy and his grandfather endure the awkward silence of a language barrier until discovering a way to connect through art.
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales – The author-illustrator draws upon her personal immigration journey to the United States, where she and her young son find a place of refuge at the library.
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson – Bright-eyed children in beautiful illustrations find courage to connect with each other despite cultural differences.
Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate Di Camillo – When her caregiver Granny whisks away 12-year-old Louisiana in the middle of the night, she must leave behind her best friends and discover who she wants to become.
The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue – In her family with seven children, four parents, a grandfather and an array of pets, all under one roof, 9-year-old Sumac Lottery juggles the unexpected to keep their various winter traditions in tact.
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson – Six middle school students discover a safe place to share their families’ most heartbreaking stories, from deportation to incarceration.
Read more about diverse family structures in our December 2018 Feature, What “Family” Means for Different Cultures in Dallas-Fort Worth.