[BHE 218] Launch of July-August Reading Theme: Nomads, Homes, and Habitats – Restlessness and Refuge in Literature

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Myra here.

Every Sunday, we share the books that have found their way to our hands – from good friends, generous publishers, libraries, or loot from book sales and such. This week is extra special as we are launching our new reading theme for July and August: Nomads, Homes, and Habitats – Restlessness and Refuge in Literature.

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Essentially, we are looking for all types of books with the following themes:

  1. Journeys, Travels, Road Trips, Vacations
  2. Leaving a Place, Transitions, Moves, Being in the In-between State
  3. Homelessness and Rootedness
  4. Refugees, Migrants, Immigrants, Seeking Home
  5. Houses, Habitats, Sanctuary, Places of Rest

Book Hunting from my Shelves

When I prepared this post, I was still in Singapore – furiously scheduling so many advance posts before I leave. As such, I made sure I raided my bookshelves to find books that would fit into our current theme:

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Faraway Home by Jane Kurtz and E. B. Lewis, All The Places To Love by Patricia Maclachlan and paintings by Mike Wimmer, Away From Home by Anita Lobel

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Migrant: The Journey of a Mexican Worker by Jose Manuel Mateo, Javier Martinez Pedro (Illustrations), Emmy Smith Ready (Translator); Flight by Nadia Wheatley and Armin Greder

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A Strange Place To Call Home: The World’s Most Dangerous Habitats and the Animals That Call Them Home by Marilyn Singer and Ed Young, Come With Me: Poems For A Journey by Naomi Shihab Nye and Images by Dan Yaccarino

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Tim’s Moving Day by Anke Wegner and Eva Eriksson

From the Singapore Libraries

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Moving House by Mark Siegel

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All The Way To America: The Story Of A Big Italian Family and A Little Shovel by Dan Yaccarino

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Here I Am by Patti Kim and pictures by Sonia Sanchez

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Line 135 by Germano Zullo and Albertine, The Secret Subway by Shana Corey and Red Nose Studio

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The Tree House That Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg & Mark Teague, The Beginner’s Guide To Running Away from Home by Jennifer Larue Huget and Red Nose Studio.

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Daniel Finds A Poem by Micha Archer

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I Am Yoga by Susan Verde and Art by Peter H. Reynolds

Middle Grade Love

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The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

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Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, Maybe A Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee

Adult Novels

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My Life On the Road by Gloria Steinem – a book I ordered via Book Depository a few weeks back.

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Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

Do you have books that you would like to recommend to us for this theme? We’d love to hear your suggestions.

  1. Dearest Myra… I LOVE this theme for summer! HOME has been one of my favorite themes for focusing on with students – it encompasses so many underlying themes as well – family, place, belonging, community… endless possibilities here! I love the books on your list today – many I know but a few new titles here. I am excited about creating my own ‘home’ post with some of my favorites! Thank you for the inspiration!

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