Immigrant experiences

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Children's books about immigrants and refugees


Linda Sue Park
Description: When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.
Call Number: J FIC Par
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Janet S Wong, Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Description: A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.
Call Number: E Won
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Michelle Markel, Melissa Sweet
Description: An illustrated account of immigrant Clara Lemlich's pivotal role in the influential 1909 women laborer's strike describes how she worked grueling hours to acquire an education and support her family before organizing a massive walkout to protest the unfair working conditions in New York's garment district.
Call Number: E Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Jenny Lombard
Description: When ten-year-old Drita and her family, refugees from Kosovo, move to New York, Drita is teased about not speaking English well, but after a popular student named Maxine is forced to learn about Kosovo as a punishment for teasing Drita, the two girls soon bond.
Call Number: J FIC Lom
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Linda Glaser, Claire A. Nivola, illustrator
Description: The story of Emma Lazarus, who, despite her life of privilege, became a tireless advocate for the immigrants who arrived in New York City in the 1880s and wrote a famous poem for the Statue of Liberty.
Call Number: J 811.4 Gla
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Pam Muñoz Ryan
Description: Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Call Number: J FIC Rya
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed, Doug Chayka
Description: Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief workers.
Call Number: E Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Allen Say
Description: A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.
Call Number: E Say
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Marjorie Agosín, E. M. O'Connor, Lee White
Description: When her beloved country, Chile, is taken over by a militaristic, sadistic government, Celeste is sent to America for her safety and her parents must go into hiding before they "disappear."
Call Number: J FIC Ago
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Thanhha Lai
Description: Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
Call Number: J FIC Lai
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Milly Lee, Yangsook Choi
Description: After leaving his village in southeastern China, twelve-year-old Sun is held at Angel Island, San Francisco, before being released to join his father, a merchant living in the area. Includes historical notes.
Call Number: J 979.4 Lee
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Description: Recounts the story of Tuyet Son Thi Ahn, a girl from a Saigon orphanage who is airlifted out of Saigon in spring of 1975, and finally adopted by a Canadian family.
Call Number: J 959.7043 Skr
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Peter Sís
Description: Madlenka, whose New York City neighbors include the French baker, the Indian news vendor, the Italian ice-cream man, the South American grocer, and the Chinese shopkeeper, goes around the block to show her friends her loose tooth and finds that it is like taking a trip around the world.
Call Number: E Sis
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Edwidge Danticat, Leslie Staub
Description: When Saya's mother is sent to jail as an illegal immigrant, she sends her daughter a cassette tape with a song and a bedtime story, which inspires Saya to write a story of her own--one that just might bring her mother home.
Call Number: E Dan
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Maxine Trottier, Isabelle Arsenault
Description: Anna, the daughter of migrant farm workers, feels like different animals as she follows her family as they travel looking for work.
Call Number: E Tro
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Eve Bunting, Ted Lewin
Description: While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students' red apples.
Call Number: E Bun
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Margriet Ruurs, Nizar Ali Badr, Falah Raheem
Description: A girl called Rama describes how life changed as conditions got worse in her small town in Syria, and how she and her family finally escaped, undergoing many hardships along the way.
Call Number: E Ruu Arabic
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Francesca Sanna
Description: "What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope. Based on her interactions with people forced to seek a new home, and told from the perspective of a young child, Francesca Sanna has created a beautiful and sensitive book that is full of significance for our time."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E San
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Yangsook Choi
Description: After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.
Call Number: E Cho
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Andrea Davis Pinkney, Shane Evans
Description: "After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Pin
Format: Book
Date Added: May 31, 2017
Jairo Buitrago, Elisa Amado, Rafael Yockteng
Description: A little girl counts the things she sees as she and her father travel, sometimes on foot, sometimes on top of a train, and sometimes in other ways, stop while her father earns more money for the trip, and avoid soldiers and other dangers.
Call Number: E Bui
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Amy Hest, Patrick James Lynch
Description: A thirteen-year-old Jewish orphan reluctantly leaves her grandmother and immigrates to New York City, where she works for three years sewing lace and earning money to bring Grandmother to the United States, too.
Call Number: E Hes
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
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A Long Walk To Water
Linda Sue Park
J FIC Par
Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue From War
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
J 959.7043 Skr
Apple Pie 4th Of July
Janet S Wong, Margaret Chodos-Irvine
E Won
Madlenka
Peter Sís
E Sis
Brave Girl: Clara And The Shirtwaist Makers' Strike Of 1909
Michelle Markel, Melissa Sweet
E Mar
Mama's Nightingale: A Story Of Immigration And Separation
Edwidge Danticat, Leslie Staub
E Dan
Drita, My Homegirl
Jenny Lombard
J FIC Lom
Migrant
Maxine Trottier, Isabelle Arsenault
E Tro
Emma's Poem: The Voice Of The Statue Of Liberty
Linda Glaser, Claire A. Nivola, illustrator
J 811.4 Gla
One Green Apple
Eve Bunting, Ted Lewin
E Bun
Esperanza Rising
Pam Muñoz Ryan
J FIC Rya
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Story
Margriet Ruurs, Nizar Ali Badr, Falah Raheem
E Ruu Arabic
Four Feet, Two Sandals
Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed, Doug Chayka
E Wil
The Journey
Francesca Sanna
E San
Grandfather's Journey
Allen Say
E Say
The Name Jar
Yangsook Choi
E Cho
I Lived On Butterfly Hill
Marjorie Agosín, E. M. O'Connor, Lee White
J FIC Ago
The Red Pencil
Andrea Davis Pinkney, Shane Evans
J FIC Pin
Inside Out & Back Again
Thanhha Lai
J FIC Lai
Two White Rabbits
Jairo Buitrago, Elisa Amado, Rafael Yockteng
E Bui
Landed
Milly Lee, Yangsook Choi
J 979.4 Lee
When Jessie Came Across The Sea
Amy Hest, Patrick James Lynch
E Hes