I didn’t grow up around Italian Americans in Southern California but I am fascinated by their strong sense of La Famiglia. My boxing gym is owned and run by a bevy of Italian American cousins, half-brothers, and brothers who speak a distinct dialect called The Lake language. Their most famous cohort is Matt LeBlanc from the sitcom Friends.
In celebration of National Italian American Heritage Month, I want to share with you a book list of great Italian American books for kids.
National Italian American Heritage Month. Every year the president of the United States signs an executive order designating the month of October as National Italian American Heritage Month, in recognition of the many achievements and contributions made to American culture by persons of Italian heritage. From UMUC
From PBS: The Italian Americans: La Famiglia. This entertaining and enlightening four-part documentary series tells the story of the Italian immigrants who came to America and how they made their mark on the nation’s society and culture.
I had such a hard time finding children’s books with Italian American characters. Can you please help me out with more suggestions? Thank you!! Read more…