Little House of Hope: Welcoming & Belonging Tools + Giveaway Winners

The Little House of Hope by Terry Catasús Jennings and illustrated by Raúl Colón (Holiday House) is a stunning semi-autobiographical Cuban American picture book about making a home in a new country—and then opening that home to others.

Families came and
families went.

Esperanza was always the first to welcome them.
La casita offered a home for those who didn’t
have a place to go.
It was a safe place, in a new land.

The book is also available en español as La casita de esperanza and is now a Welcoming Library title.

I’m Your Neighbor Books is proud to partner with Terry Catasús Jennings to produce these tools to help your readers welcome and belong:

Discussion Questions (SEL, Social Studies)
Source: I’m Your Neighbor Books
Written to address the perspectives of both new arrival and long-term Americans, these questions open conversations on welcoming and belonging.

Math for the Little House of Hope (STEM, Social Studies)
Source: I’m Your Neighbor Books
These math activities invite us to explore the affordability of renting a house while working a minimum-wage job. The activities also ask us to add up the benefits provided to officially resettled refugees.

Cuban Recipes from the Author’s Family (Arts, Social Studies)
Source: I’m Your Neighbor Books
Whether you have a big house or a small house or just a house full of hope, you can cook the Cuban food that Terry Catasús Jennings and her extended family cooked in their la casita.

Holiday House also produced this Educator’s Guide:

DOWNLOAD the Educator’s Guide
Source: Publisher

These educators & librarians won a copy of The Little House of Hope with our signature Discussion Questions embedded in the end papers.

Baker Middle School Tacoma Washington
Beaumont School Devon Pennsylvania
Bentleyville Public Library Bentleyville Pennsylvania
Blount County Schools Maryville Tennessee
Bogart Library/ Athens Regional Library System Bogart Georgia
Boise State University Jackson Wyoming
Captain Strong Primary Battle Ground Washington
Estacada Public Library Estacada Oregon
Friends of Astor County Library Astor Florida
Hertford County Public Library Winton North Carolina
Kinloch Park Middle School Miami Florida
Lexington Trails MS De Soto Kansas
Maryvale Intermediate School Cheektowaga New York
Missoula Public Library Missoula Montana
Newark Public Library Newark New Jersey
Newmarket Public Library Newmarket New Hampshire
Portland Public Schools Gorham Maine
Sun Prairie Area School District MARSHALL Wisconsin
The Prange Public Library Orange New Jersey
Uplift Education Irving Texas
Volunteer with SMART reading program in Medford, Oregon Medford Oregon
White County Regional Library System Ward Arkansas