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Summer Learning Track: The Young Traveler

This Summer, challenge your children to see the world! Find the beauty in all the different cultures of the world by reading inspiring books, watching foreign films, and gaining new experiences by attending multicultural children's programming at the library! Get started by using this sample learning track, or develop your own! The challenge begins on June 1st, 2014 and goes through August 16th.

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Enjoy taking a trip to anywhere with these great multicultural books and world music for children!


Ashley W. Says: Learn some Spanish!
Amazon Says: Music is the universal language of all children. The songs on this CD are sung in English, and then again in Spanish, to provide a bridge for learning both languages. There ar more...
Amazon Says: Music is the universal language of all children. The songs on this CD are sung in English, and then again in Spanish, to provide a bridge for learning both languages. There are tunes for daily routines, math, language and color skills, as well as, movement and end of the day rituals. Includes 17 songs sung in English and the same 17 sung in Spanish with printed lyrics for each version. Available in CD only. less...
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Amazon Says: The latest addition to the award-winning World Playground series, Caribbean Playground is a joyous celebration of Caribbean music and culture that will delight children and ad more...
Amazon Says: The latest addition to the award-winning World Playground series, Caribbean Playground is a joyous celebration of Caribbean music and culture that will delight children and adults alike. Filled with fun songs, cultural information, song lyrics and colorful artwork, Caribbean Playground is a festive musical cruise for all ages. less...
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I Am Different by Majula Padmanabhan
Ashley W. Says: for young children
Amazon Says: This clever picture book presents sixteen visual puzzles. On every page, readers must pick out the one item that is different from the rest--a different color, a different sha more...
Amazon Says: This clever picture book presents sixteen visual puzzles. On every page, readers must pick out the one item that is different from the rest--a different color, a different shape, reversed from left to right, or just asleep when others are awake! The phrase "Can you find me?" is shown in a different language on every page. Can you find me? Me puedes encontrar? Unaweza kupata mimi? less...
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Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet by Sherri L. Smith
Ashley W. Says: for ages 11+
Amazon Says: Ana Shen has what her social studies teacher calls a “marvelously biracial, multicultural family” but what Ana simply calls a Chinese American father and an African Americ more...
Amazon Says: Ana Shen has what her social studies teacher calls a “marvelously biracial, multicultural family” but what Ana simply calls a Chinese American father and an African American mother. And on eighth-grade graduation day, that’s a recipe for disaster. Both sets of grandparents are in town to celebrate, and Ana’s best friend has convinced her to invite Jamie Tabata–the cutest boy in school–for a home-cooked meal. Now Ana and her family have four hours to prepare their favorite dishes for dinner, and Grandma White and Nai Nai can’t agree on anything. Ana is tired of feeling caught between her grandparents and wishes she knew whose side she was supposed to be on. But when they all sit down for their hot, sour, salty, and sweet meal, Ana comes to understand how each of these different flavors, like family, fit perfectly together. less...
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Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
Ashley W. Says: for ages 9+
Amazon Says: It isn’t that Abby Carson can’t do her schoolwork. She just doesn’t like doing it. And in February a warning letter arrives at her home. Abby will have to repeat sixth g more...
Amazon Says: It isn’t that Abby Carson can’t do her schoolwork. She just doesn’t like doing it. And in February a warning letter arrives at her home. Abby will have to repeat sixth grade—unless she meets some specific conditions, including taking on an extra-credit project to find a pen pal in a distant country. Seems simple enough. But when Abby’s first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, the village elders agree that any letters going back to America must be written well. In English. And the only qualified student is a boy, Sadeed Bayat. Except in this village, it is not proper for a boy to correspond with a girl. So Sadeed’s younger sister will write the letters. Except she knows hardly any English. So Sadeed must write the letters. For his sister to sign. But what about the villagers who believe that girls should not be anywhere near a school? And what about those who believe that any contact with Americans is . . . unhealthy? Not so simple. But as letters flow back and forth—between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of central Asia, across cultural and religious divides, through the minefields of different lifestyles and traditions—a small group of children begin to speak and listen to one another. And in just a few short weeks, they make important discoveries about their communities, about their world, and most of all, about themselves. less...
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Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai
Ashley W. Says: for ages 11+
Amazon Says: Fadi never imagined he'd start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles away from home in Kabul.  But, here he was, half a world apart from his missing six ye more...
Amazon Says: Fadi never imagined he'd start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles away from home in Kabul.  But, here he was, half a world apart from his missing six year old sister who'd been lost because of him, as they'd fled Afghanistan. Adjusting to life in the United States isn't easy for Fadi's family and as the events of September 11th unfold, the prospects of locating Mariam in a war torn Afghanistan seem slim -- impossible. Desperate, Fadi tries every hare-brained scheme he can think of to find her. When a photography competition with a grand prize trip to India is announced, Fadi sees his chance to return to Afghanistan and find his sister.  But can one photo really bring Mariam home? Based in part on Ms. Senzai's husband's experience fleeing Soviet controlled Afghanistan in 1979, Shooting Kabul is a powerful story of hope, love, and perseverance. less...
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Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Ashley W. Says: for ages 8+
Amazon Says: Lost on the TundraTo her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When the village is no longer safe for her, Miyax runs away more...
Amazon Says: Lost on the TundraTo her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When the village is no longer safe for her, Miyax runs away. But she soon finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass to guide her.Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves, Mid she grows to love them as though they were family. With their help, and drawing on her father's teachings, Miyax struggles day by clay to survive. But the time comes when she must leave the wilderness and choose between the old ways an(] the new. Which will she choose? For she is Miyax of the Eskimos--but Julie of the Wolves.Faced with the prospect of a disagreeable arranged marriage or a journey acoss the barren Alaskan tundra, 13-year-old Miyax chooses the tundra. She finds herself caught between the traditional Eskimo ways and the modern ways of the whites. Miyax, or Julie as her pen pal Amy calls her, sets out alone to visit Amy in San Francisco, a world far away from Eskimo culture and the frozen land of Alaska.During her long and arduous journey, Miyax comes to appreciate the value of her Eskimo heritage, learns about herself, and wins the friednship of a pack of wolves. After learning the language of the wolves and slowly earning their trust, Julie becomes a member of the pack.Since its first publication, Julie of The Wolves,winner of thr 1973 Newbery Medal, has found its way into the hearts of millions of readers. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for young children
Amazon Says: A long time ago in China there was a boy named Ping who loved flowers. Anything he planted burst into bloom. The Emperor loved flowers too. When it was time to choose an heir more...
Amazon Says: A long time ago in China there was a boy named Ping who loved flowers. Anything he planted burst into bloom. The Emperor loved flowers too. When it was time to choose an heir, he gave a flower seed to each child in the kingdom. "Whoever can show me their best in a year's time," he proclaimed, "shall succeed me to the throne!" Ping plants his seed and tends it every day. But month after month passes, and nothing grows. When spring comes, Ping must go to the Emperor with nothing but an empty pot. Demi's exquisite art and beautifully simple text show how Ping's embarassing failure is turned triumphant in this satisfying tale of honesty rewarded. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 9+
Amazon Says: Inside Out and Back Again is a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience of fleei more...
Amazon Says: Inside Out and Back Again is a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama, this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration.Hà has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope—toward America. This moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing received four starred reviews, including one from Kirkus which proclaimed it "enlightening, poignant, and unexpectedly funny." An author's note explains how and why Thanhha Lai translated her personal experiences into Hà's story. This paperback edition also includes an interview with the author, an activity you can do with your family, tips on writing poetry, and discussion questions.Supports the Common Core State Standards less...
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Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
Ashley W. Says: for young children
Amazon Says: Bee-bim bop (the name translates as “mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry more...
Amazon Says: Bee-bim bop (the name translates as “mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and finally sitting down with her family to enjoy a favorite meal. The energy and enthusiasm of the young narrator are conveyed in the whimsical illustrations, which bring details from the artist’s childhood in Korea to his depiction of a modern Korean American family. Even young readers who aren’t familiar with the dish will recognize the pride that comes from helping Mama, the fun of mixing ingredients together in a bowl, and the pleasure of sharing delicious food. Includes author’s own recipe. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 5+
Amazon Says: In a beautifully illustrated retelling of a Native American creation myth, Coyote convenes a council of the animals to discuss his ideas for a superior being who will rule ove more...
Amazon Says: In a beautifully illustrated retelling of a Native American creation myth, Coyote convenes a council of the animals to discuss his ideas for a superior being who will rule over all creation. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 4+
Amazon Says: A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. more...
Amazon Says: A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for young children
Amazon Says: Crack, crack, crack! The cookies snap open and the family’s fortunes are revealed. Mei Mei wants to know how hers will come true. Jie Jie scoffs—they never come true. But more...
Amazon Says: Crack, crack, crack! The cookies snap open and the family’s fortunes are revealed. Mei Mei wants to know how hers will come true. Jie Jie scoffs—they never come true. But Pacy isn’t so sure. As she waits and watches, she notices magical things happening in her family. Could the fortunes really be right? And what about Pacy’s fortune: “You will see the world in a new way”? Well, yes, it’s true! Pacy has been seeing the world through fortune cookies! This exhuberantly illustrated story about every kid’s favorite part of a Chinese meal also includes a brief history of the fortune cookie. What will your fortune be? Crack! Open up a cookie and find out. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 7+
Amazon Says: Book by King, David C. more...
Amazon Says: Book by King, David C. less...
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The Train of States by Peter Sis
Ashley W. Says: for ages 6+
Amazon Says: The train of states is rolling by -- rush to the window and watch it go! The very first car? The very first state: Delaware, of course, followed by Pen more...
Amazon Says: The train of states is rolling by -- rush to the window and watch it go! The very first car? The very first state: Delaware, of course, followed by Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia ... fifty in all. The caboose? Washington, D.C.! Look closely! What do you see? State birds, state flowers, state trees ... forty-three presidents! Can you find them all? Can you spot the flags, heroes, animals, and landmarks adorning the train of states? Clickety clack, clickety clack. Rush out the door, rush to the track. Where is the train going? Come along! Over the prairie, over the mountains, down a green valley, and into a billowing tent. It's time for a party -- it's time to celebrate the fifty states! less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 8+
Amazon Says: "Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009"Julie-Ann AndrA(c) is a "Gwichya Gwich'in "from Tsiigehtchic in the Northwest Territories. She is a Canadian Ranger, a moth more...
Amazon Says: "Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009"Julie-Ann AndrA(c) is a "Gwichya Gwich'in "from Tsiigehtchic in the Northwest Territories. She is a Canadian Ranger, a mother of twin daughters, a hunter, a trapper, and a student.In "We Feel Good Out Here, " Julie-Ann shares her family's story and the story of her land-"Khaii luk," the place of winter fish. As Julie-Ann says, "The land has a story to tell, if you know how to listen. When I travel, the land tells me where my ancestors have been. It tells me where the animals have come and gone, and it tells me what the weather may be like tomorrow."Her home is an important part of who Julie-Ann is. She wants to help make sure that her environment is healthy, so it can continue to tell its story to her children and their children.   less...
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Discover India by Tim Atkinson
Ashley W. Says: for ages 6+Amazon

Ashley W. Says: for ages 8+
Amazon Says: A father's diary, an artist's memoir. By the author of the best-selling Three Golden Keys. While my father was in China and Tibet, he kept a diary, which was later locked in more...
Amazon Says: A father's diary, an artist's memoir. By the author of the best-selling Three Golden Keys. While my father was in China and Tibet, he kept a diary, which was later locked in a red box. We weren't allowed to touch the box. The stories I heard as a little boy faded to a hazy dream, and my drawings from that time make no sense. I cannot decipher them. It was not until I myself had gone far, far away and received the message from my father that I became interested in the red box again . . . In New York, Peter Sis receives a letter from his father. "The Red Box is now yours," it says. The brief note worries him and pulls him back to Prague, where the contents of the red box explain the mystery of his father's long absence during the 1950s. Czechoslovakia was behind the iron curtain; Vladimir Sis, a documentary filmmaker of considerable talent, was drafted into the army and sent to China to teach filmmaking. He left his wife, daughter, and young son, Peter, thinking he would be home for Christmas. Two Christmases would pass before he was heard from again: Vladimir Sis was lost in Tibet. He met with the Dalai Lama; he witnessed China's invasion of Tibet. When he returned to Prague, he dared not talk to his friends about all he had seen and experienced. But over and over again he told Peter about his Tibetan adventures. Weaving their two stories together - that of the father lost in Tibet and that of the small boy in Prague, lost without his father - Sis draws from his father's diary and from his own recollections of his father's incredible tales to reach a spiritual homecoming between father and son. With his sublime pictures, inspired by Tibetan Buddhist art and linking history to memory, Peter Sis gives us an extraordinary book - a work of singular artistry and rare imagination. Tibet Through the Red Box is a 1999 Caldecott Honor Book and the winner of the 1999 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Special Citation. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 7+
Amazon Says: Provides instructions for making such traditional North American Indian crafts as dreamcatchers, beadwork, and cornhusk dolls. more...
Amazon Says: Provides instructions for making such traditional North American Indian crafts as dreamcatchers, beadwork, and cornhusk dolls. less...
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Ashley W. Says: for ages 3+
Amazon Says: Join Loo-Loo and her dog, Boo, as they travel the globe in search of art projects that you can do - Mexican weaving, Peruvian burial masks, Norwegian Viking helmets, French st more...
Amazon Says: Join Loo-Loo and her dog, Boo, as they travel the globe in search of art projects that you can do - Mexican weaving, Peruvian burial masks, Norwegian Viking helmets, French stained glass, Chinese scrolls, and much more. You won't need to pack much for the trip - all of the projects are explained step by step and require only simple materials that you probably have right at home or in the classroom. less...
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