This collection contains materials on the topic of language barrier from the DIVerse Families bibliography. Language barrier stories discuss communication difficulties due to different languages between members of a family and difficulties with interpersonal communication within the community. These stories often portray a family that has recently moved to a new country or an adopted child from a foreign country.
Family relationships grow through the connections we create with the people in our lives. Your family can be made of blood or non-blood relatives, friends, or pets, or a combination of these. Diverse families and their relationships are slowly becoming the new norm and will only continue to grow as the world progresses.
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Twins Moffie and Morgie are excited when they hear that their family is adopting a three-year-old Hispanic boy.
Newly-arrived in the United States from Mexico, Carmen is apprehensive about going to school and learning English.
An understanding cat helps a young Korean girl adjust to her new home in America.
Andrea Cheng and Ange Zhang
When her maternal grandfather comes from China, Helen, who is biracial, develops a special bond with him despite their age and language differences.
Paula Massadas Pereira
How I Learned English describes the journey of Claudia Sanchez, a young woman who immigrates to the United States. It is a pedagogical picture book that aims to inspire English learners to become proficient in their new language. It was written in basic English to ensure reading comprehension. Study questions are available to encourage discussion. Major topics: ESL, immigration, study skills, culture shock, and cultural values.
While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students' red apples.
Emily X.R. Pan
After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. She pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers--especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems.
Explains the history of American Sign Language (ASL) and shares the story of Beanca, a girl who was born deaf and uses ASL to communicate.
When his family moves from a small Mexican village to North Carolina, Eduardo asks how soon he will feel at home, and slowly his Tio Miguel's seemingly impossible replies come true until, at last, he can put out the Nativity scene he carved with his grandfather.