1. I don't have anything new to add to the Help for Haiti online movement. It goes without saying these are desperate and heartbreaking times for the Haitian people who faced daily struggles before the quake. I would like to encourage readers to learn more about the country and it's people. And books are always a way to bring some of Haiti into your heart and home.
2. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder - Highlighting the work of Dr. Paul Farmer, cofounder of Partners in Health, who has been working in and for Haiti for the last 20 plus years. Tracy Kidder has the ability to succinctly capture not just the man, but his surroundings. And for timeliness and relevance it is my spot on pick. My bookclub read this last fall and it was a wonderful discussion. An example of reading out of my regular comfort zone for which I am thankful. I urge you to grab a copy soon.
3. On That Day, Everybody Ate: One Woman's Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti by Margaret Trost - this is the next one on my list. Written by the woman who began the What If Foundation, focused on feeding the hungry in Haiti.
4. The Magic Orange Tree and other Haitian Folktales by Diana Wolkstein - A carryover from my homeschooling days - whenever we learned about a new culture or country we'd get the accompanying folktales. They are always helpful to compare about
6. Selavi, That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope by Youme Landowne - A book noted for it's realism about a homeless boy and other street children. The first sentence "People with guns could take a family, burn a house, and disappear, leaving a small child alone in the world."
7. Bel Peyi Mwen: A Children's Coloring Book of Haiti by Kristopher Battles - We are big on coloring books around here. I'd like to get this one for Owen's class.
8. Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti by Frances Temple - for older readers, about 17 year old Djo during the rule of Aristide.
9. Running the Road to ABC by Denise Lauture ilus. Reynold Ruffins- I have a particular fondness for ABC books - this one follows Haitian children on their way to school. These illustrations are fabulous and remind me of Faith Ringgold's folksy books.
10. Toussaint L'Ouverture: The Fight for Haiti's Freedom by Walter Dean Myers illus. Jacob Lawrence -1791 rebellion accompanied by Lawrence's paintings from the 1930s. Middle grades suggested.