Book Drive for Immigration Detainees at the Yuba County Jail

Hi everyone, I hope that you’re well. This is a copy of a message I posted on my Facebook page:

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I’m helping Faithful Friends, a grassroots group, set up a book drive for the immigrants at the Yuba City County Jail. We’re making a list of 50 books (the limit we were given) and are looking for titles both in English and Spanish, some in Mandarin. Any thoughts? All titles need to be available in paperback.

Requests include all genres: mystery, thrillers, Latin American Folk Stories, psychology (more specifically something on facial gestures), horror/terror, romance, vagueros..

Some of the authors and titles requested are Children of the Matrix (Spanish), Life And Times of Pancho, Ringside Seat to a Revolution by Daniel Romo, Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson, the Frankenstein Series, Solo Para Hombres, books by Stephen King, Bernard Cromwell, R.A. Salvatore, John Grisham, etc. Thank you. Young adult titles welcome, too. Please share if you wouldn’t mind.

One of the most pressing needs of people who are in immigration detention is the need for simply “something to do”. Immigration detainees do not have access to programs designed to rehabilitate those serving sentences. In theory, immigration detainees aren’t in detention long enough to justify the expense of providing programs. However, the reality of an overburdened immigration court system means that many languish in detention for months and even years. Books are absolutely vital as an escape from the realities of immigration detention.

PS: Early book donations can be sent to MultiCulturalism Rocks!, 140 B Street, Suite 5 #237, DAVIS CA 95616. Thanks again.

Early Reader Book Review: I LIKE THE FARM, by Shelley Rotner

Favorite quote
I like the piglet.

I was reminded yesterday to spend more time in nature, to be outdoor more often, and to treasure the benefits of interacting with animals. It is said to: improve your vitality, make you less depressed, boost your immunity and happiness, and inspire creativity (source: Daring to Live Fully). Nothing can replace actually being outdoors. Yet, I LIKE THE FARM, written and photographed by Shelley Rotner, certainly wets the reader’s appetite and gives a incentive to do so on a Farm.

The book is a series of photographs of animals you’d expect to live on a farm, as well as their baby version: a cat, a kitten; a dog, a puppy; a cow, a calf… All photographed in a manner that will make you want to hug them! Children are bound to love it, while sharpening their reading skills. Another favorite element of this book is the effortless diversity that is celebrated through each photographed child. It sends the message that a farm is a space and way of living that is suitable and enjoyable for everyone. I will take this a step further and say that books like this one, because of the way it is made and the diversity it shows, help early on fight prejudice against professions such as farming, help children not look down on anyone working in that field.

What this book also made me wish for:
I LIKE THE FARM made me so happy to share with kids and so excited, that I’m now hunting for books around the same age level or slightly above, that dive into farming itself. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Thank you!

Additional info:
Author’s website:
Publisher: Holiday House
Release date: August 15, 2017
Age appropriate: 2-6
Where I got the book from: purchased. Read it as a judge for the Cybils Awards.

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