Coming Together 2020

By Denise Hudec

Enjoy the featured materials selected for Coming Together 2020, Journeys to Niles Township.

  • American Like Me: Reflections on Life between Cultures


    Award-winning actress America Ferrera invites 31 of her friends, peers, and heroes to share their stories about life between cultures. We know the authors as actors, comedians, athletes, politicians, and artists. They are also immigrants, children of immigrants, Indigenous people, and people who grew up with deep, personal connections to more than one culture.

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  • They Called Us Enemy

    2019 by Takei, George

    George Takei tells his story of childhood imprisonment during World War II within Japanese-American internment camps. This graphic novel examines questions like: What does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide that? How do you respond when the world is against you?

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  • Other Words for Home

    2019 by Warga, Jasmine

    This acclaimed, lyrical novel in verse follows 12-year-old Jude’s journey emigrating from Syria to Cincinnati and adjusting to life in the United States, looking for belonging in her new home while remaining connected to family she left behind.

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  • The Undefeated

    2019 by Alexander, Kwame

    Written as a poem, this is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering insights into the accomplishments of the past, bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.

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  • Front Desk

    2018 by Yang, Kelly

    Mia is the daughter of immigrant parents. Her family lives in a motel where her parents clean the rooms and Mia works at the front desk. Her parents hide immigrants, and if the mean motel owner finds out, her family will be doomed. With aspirations of being a writer, it will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, and go for her dreams.

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  • Dreamers

    2018 by Morales, Yuyi

    Award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story in this beautiful, autobiographical picture book.

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  • The Day You Begin

    2018 by Woodson, Jacqueline

    When Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself to his classmates, they laugh. When Rigoberto meets Angelina and begins to make a friendship, he realizes he may not be the only person who feels like an outsider.

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  • The Little Red Stroller

    2019 by Furst, Joshua

    This delightful picture book follows the life of one sturdy red stroller as it is shared by many families across a diverse community.

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