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América Delve Deeper Reading List

Nonfiction for Younger Readers

Jiménez, Francisco. Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

In this fourth book in his award-winning memoir series, Francisco Jimenez leaves everything behind in California—a loving family, a devoted girlfriend, and the culture that shaped him—to attend Columbia University in New York City. A moving account of the Latino experience in America, Francisco Jimenez’s work comes alive with telling details about the warmth and resiliency of family and the quest for identity against seemingly impossible odds.

Reagan, Jean. Illustrated by Lee Wildish. How to Babysit a Grandma. Penguin Random House, 2014.

When you babysit a grandma, if you’re lucky, you’ll have a sleepover at her house! And with the useful tips found in this book, you’re guaranteed to become an expert grandma-sitter in no time. (Be sure to check out the sections on: How to keep a grandma busy; Things to do at the park; Possible places to sleep, and what to do once you’re both tucked in for the night.) From the author-illustrator team behind the New York Times bestselling HOW TO… books comes a funny and heartwarming celebration of grandmas and grandchildren.

Servaty-Seib, Heather L. and David C. Fajgenbaum. We Get It: Voices of Grieving College Students and Young Adults. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015.

Grieving college students can often feel isolated and vulnerable, and may feel that no one else 'gets' what they are going through. With narratives from students who have lost a loved one and commentary from the authors, this book aims to provide guidance and support for bereaved students, as well as providing tips for those who seek to help them.