Books to Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month

A collection of books to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border Cover Image
By Mitali Perkins, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374303730
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 10th, 2019

A timely debut picture book about love overcoming the border fences between Mexico and the United States.

Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature Winner
Golden Poppy Award Winner
Charlotte Huck Honor Book
ALSC Notable Children's Book
NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book Pick
Junior Library Guild Selection


Counting Kindness: Ten Ways to Welcome Refugee Children Cover Image
By Hollis Kurman, Barroux (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781623542290
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 8th, 2020

A compassionate counting book that captures the power of a welcoming community. Teach children about refugees and how each kindness can help them find a new home.  

More than half of the world's refugees are children fleeing scary situations in search of a safe place to live.


The Day Saida Arrived Cover Image
By Susana Gómez Redondo, Sonja Wimmer (Illustrator), Lawrence Schimel (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781733121255
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Published: Blue Dot Kids Press - September 8th, 2020

Jane Addams Children's Book Award Finalist (2020)

Two girls forge a forever-friendship by learning each other's language. The Day Saida Arrived demonstrates the power of language to build bonds beyond borders.


Home Is in Between Cover Image
By Mitali Perkins, Lavanya Naidu (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374303679
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 23rd, 2021

In the timely yet timeless picture book Home Is in Between, critically acclaimed author Mitali Perkins and illustrator Lavanya Naidu describe the experience of navigating multiple cultures and embracing the complex but beautiful home in between.

Shanti misses the warm monsoon rains in India. Now in America, she watches fall leaves fly past her feet.


Mango Moon Cover Image
By Diane de Anda, Sue Cornelison (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807549575
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - April 1st, 2019

When a father is taken away from his family and facing deportation, his children are left to grieve and wonder about what comes next. Maricela, Manuel, and their mother face the many challenges of having their lives completely changed by the absence of their father and husband.


Me And My Fear Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781911171539
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Published: Flying Eye Books - September 11th, 2018

"With its warm palette and gentle scenes of the worried child being comforted, this book could function as a sequel to Sanna's astounding debut picture book, The Journey, which recounted a family's dangerous flight from their home in a war zone.


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The Suitcase Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358329602
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Published: Clarion Books - September 29th, 2020

A powerful story about immigration, trust, and new beginnings, full of heart and humanity, for anyone who has ever felt unwelcome or out of place.


Watch Me: A Story of Immigration and Inspiration Cover Image
By Doyin Richards, Joe Cepeda (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250266514
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 12th, 2021

A picture book about immigration, Watch Me is based on the author's father's own story.

Joe came to America from Africa when he was young. He worked hard in school, made friends, and embraced his new home. Like so many immigrants before and after him, Joe succeeded when many thought he would fail.


Anita and the Dragons Cover Image
By Hannah Carmona, Anna Cunha (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781911373636
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Published: Lantana Publishing - April 6th, 2021

A beautifully tender story touching on the range of emotions immigrants may feel when leaving their home countries - excitement and sorrow, fear and courage.


Areli Is a Dreamer: A True Story by Areli Morales, a DACA Recipient Cover Image
By Areli Morales, Luisa Uribe (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984893994
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Published: Random House Studio - June 8th, 2021

In the first picture book written by a DACA Dreamer, Areli Morales tells her own powerful and vibrant immigration story.

When Areli was just a baby, her mama and papa moved from Mexico to New York with her brother, Alex, to make a better life for the family--and when she was in kindergarten, they sent for her, too.
 


The Dress and the Girl Cover Image
By Camille Andros, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419731617
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - August 7th, 2018

A little girl and her favorite dress dream of an extraordinary life. They enjoy simple pleasures together on a beautiful Greek island. They watch the sunset, do chores, and pick wildflowers on the way home. One day, the dress and the girl must leave the island and immigrate to the United States.


Fireflies Cover Image
By Roberto Aliaga, Miguel Ángel Díez (Illustrator), Jon Brokenbrow (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9788416733545
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Published: Cuento de Luz SL - November 5th, 2019

Seeking a new home where to feel safe, fireflies embark on a difficult journey and will learn that there is always a light at the end of the way.


Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419727474
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - February 5th, 2019

A 2020 Sydney Taylor Honor Book!
A 2019 National Jewish Book Award Winner!

Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother writes her cousin’s address in New York on a piece of paper.


I Dream of Popo Cover Image
By Livia Blackburne, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250249319
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 5th, 2021

From New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne and illustrator Julia Kuo, here is I Dream of Popo. This delicate, emotionally rich picture book celebrates a special connection that crosses time zones and oceans as Popo and her granddaughter hold each other in their hearts forever.

I dream with Popo as she rocks me in her arms.


Idriss and His Marble Cover Image
By René Gouichoux, Zau (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781635921328
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Published: Astra Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

I'm an Immigrant Too! Cover Image
By Mem Fox, Ronojoy Ghosh (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534436022
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 23rd, 2018

From beloved Australian author Mem Fox comes a timely picture book about how all of our lives are enriched by the vibrant cultural diversity immigrants bring to their new communities.

What journeys we have travelled,
from countries near and far!
Together now, we live in peace,
beneath the Southern Star.

Inspired by the plight of immigra


I'm New Here Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781580896122
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 4th, 2015

Three students are immigrants from Guatemala, Korea, and Somalia and have trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English in their new American elementary school. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity.


Joseph's Big Ride Cover Image
By Terry Farish, Ken Daley (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781554518067
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Published: Annick Press - March 22nd, 2016

A refugee boy's determination to ride a bicycle leads to an unexpected friendship.

Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike, but he's too small to ride it.


The Land Beyond the Wall: An Immigration Story Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781771087797
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Published: Nimbus Publishing Limited - October 10th, 2019

Emma lives on the grey, cold side of the wall, where people speak in whispers and no flowers grow. On the other side there is happiness and colour, but she can never go there. One day, Emma's parents disappear and she is sent to live with her miserable Aunt Lily. She disapproves of Emma's drawing and dashes her niece's dream of becoming an artist.


Like a Dandelion Cover Image
By Huy Voun Lee, Huy Voun Lee (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062993731
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 18th, 2021

Like a Dandelion is a poetic tribute to the bravery of immigrants and refugees, inspired by the author’s childhood experience of moving to the United States from Cambodia.


Lubna and Pebble Cover Image
By Wendy Meddour, Daniel Egnéus (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525554165
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Published: Dial Books - March 5th, 2019

In an unforgettable story that subtly addresses the refugee crisis, a young girl must decide if friendship means giving up the one item that brings her comfort during a time of utter uncertainty.


My Name Is Yoon Cover Image
By Helen Recorvits, Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250057112
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Published: Square Fish - June 10th, 2014

Getting to feel at home in a new country


My Tree Cover Image
By Hope Lim, Il Sung Na (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443383
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Published: Neal Porter Books - May 4th, 2021

When a young boy's beloved plum tree falls in a storm, he feels like he's lost both a friend and a connection to his old home.


Room on Our Rock Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781610679022
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Published: Kane Miller - July 1st, 2019

Two seals are perched on a rock. When others need shelter, do they share it? Room on Our Rock celebrates the truth that there are two sides to every story. This clever picture book has one story that can be read two different ways.


Seven Pablos Cover Image
By Jorge Luján, Chiara Carrer (Illustrator), Mara Lethem (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781592702534
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - June 12th, 2018

Pablo lives in Chile with his hardworking father. But Pablo also lives in Ecuador, deep in the Amazon rainforest. There is another Pablo living with his family in Mexico, after fleeing the dictatorship in Argentina. And in New York, Pablo shares an overcrowded apartment in the Bronx, where he's only allowed home for twelve hours at a time.


Saving Stella: A Dog's Dramatic Escape from War Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547601332
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - November 3rd, 2020

For fans of Two Bobbies comes a moving, true story about a young man and his dog who escape the violence of the Syrian War.

Some bonds are stronger than war . . .


Snowman - Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations Cover Image
By Laura Purdie Salas, Micha Archer (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580897983
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Published: Charlesbridge - February 5th, 2019

Poetry + Math + Science = A new way of looking at spring


Sugar in Milk Cover Image
By Thrity Umrigar, Khoa Le (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780762495191
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Published: Running Press Kids - October 6th, 2020

A timely and timeless picture book about immigration that demonstrates the power of diversity, acceptance, and tolerance from a gifted storyteller.

An ALSC Notable Children's Book of 2021
A Kirkus Best Books of 2020
A School Library Journal Best Books of 2020
Winner of the 2021 Ohioana Book Award
An Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Awar


Two Drops of Brown in a Cloud of White Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781773062587
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Published: Groundwood Books - October 27th, 2020

A little girl and her mother walk home from school on a snowy winter day.

"So much snow," says Ma. "So monochromatic."

"Mono crow what?" her daughter replies.


We Are a Garden: A Story of How Diversity Took Root in America Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593123133
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - April 6th, 2021

This lyrical and extremely timely picture book illuminates the many different migrants who have made their homes in North America through the centuries.

Long ago a strong wind blew. It blew people, like seeds, to a new land.


We Came To America Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780517709474
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2016

A timely and beautiful look at America’s rich history of immigration and diversity, from acclaimed artist Faith Ringgold, the Coretta Scott King and Caldecot Honor winning creator of Tar Beach.


Where Are You From? Cover Image
By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062839930
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Published: HarperCollins - June 4th, 2019

This resonant and award-winning picture book tells the story of one girl who constantly gets asked a simple question that doesn’t have a simple answer. A great conversation starter in the home or classroom—a book to share, in the spirit of I Am Enough by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo.


The Word for Friend Cover Image
By Aidan Cassie, Aidan Cassie (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374310462
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - June 16th, 2020

From author/illustrator Aidan Cassie, the creator of Sterling, Best Dog Ever and Little Juniper Makes It Big!, comes The Word for Friend, an adorable and timely picture book story about ways to welcome, friendship, and overcoming language barriers that will connect classmates and cultures alike.


A Thousand White Butterflies Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580895774
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Published: Charlesbridge - January 19th, 2021

As if being new to the United States wasn't hard enough, Isabella's first day of school is canceled due to snow!


Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival Cover Image
By Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Tuan Ho (With), Brian Deines (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781772780055
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Published: Pajama Press - November 11th, 2016

It is 1981. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a fishing boat overloaded with 60 Vietnamese refugees drifts. The motor has failed; the hull is leaking; the drinking water is nearly gone. This is the dramatic true story recounted by Tuan Ho, who was six years old when he, his mother, and two sisters dodged the bullets of Vietnam's military police for the perilous chance of boarding that boat.


The Day War Came Cover Image
By Nicola Davies, Rebecca Cobb (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536201734
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Published: Candlewick - September 4th, 2018

A moving, poetic narrative and child-friendly illustrations follow the heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful journey of a little girl who is forced to become a refugee.

The day war came there were flowers on the windowsill and my father sang my baby brother back to sleep.


The Map of Good Memories Cover Image
By Fran Nuño, Zuzanna Celej (Illustrator), Jon Brokenbrow (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9788416147823
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Published: Cuento de Luz SL - March 14th, 2017

Winner of the 2017 New York City Big Book Award. Some say that we always return to the places where we embraced life, where we were happy. Zoe, a girl who must flee her city with her family because of the war, remembers them before she leaves.


My Beautiful Birds Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781772780109
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Published: Pajama Press - March 8th, 2017

A New York Times Notable Children's Books selection. The moving story of one boy's refugee experience in the Syrian Civil War and the birds who help him on the road to emotional healing


The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771473637
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Published: Owlkids - September 15th, 2020

Named a best picture book of 2020 by Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, CBC, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books -- a heartfelt and personal immigration story by critically acclaimed author Thao Lam


Ship in a Bottle Cover Image
By Andrew Prahin, Andrew Prahin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815811
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2021

A valiant mouse sets sail in her ship in a bottle to seek a better life in this gentle allegory about refugees and immigration.

All Mouse wants to do is eat gingersnaps, lie in the sun, and enjoy her ship in a bottle. All Cat wants to do is eat Mouse. This is a problem.


Stepping Stones / حَصى الطُرُقات: A Refugee Family's Journey / ر&# Cover Image
By Margriet Ruurs, Nizar Ali Badr (Artist), Falah Raheem (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781459814905
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 18th, 2016

Rama and her family, are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home


Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land Cover Image
By John Coy, Wing Young Huie (Photographer)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781467780544
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - March 1st, 2016

With lyrical text and thought-provoking photography, Their Great Gift explores the experiences of immigrants in the twenty-first century, focusing on the lives of children. Images of families who came to the United States from many different parts of the world celebrate the diversity of our country and contain a vision of hope for the future.


The Three Lucys Cover Image
By Hayan Charara, Sara Kahn (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781600609985
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 1st, 2016

Junior Library Guild Selection
Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Arab American Book Award Honorable Mention, Arab American National Museum

After a young Lebanese boy loses one of his beloved cats when his village comes under attack, he must learn to cope with loss and hope for a peaceful future.


Typewriter Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568463445
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Published: Creative Editions - February 25th, 2020

A neglected Russian typewriter clicks, clacks, and rings to life with a new owner.


Vanishing Colors Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802855183
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

A haunting, poignant story about refugees


Where Will I Live? Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781772600285
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Published: Second Story Press - April 4th, 2017

Every child needs a home. Children need somewhere safe where they can be happy, eat their meals with their family, play with their toys, and go to sleep at night feeling unafraid. But many children all over the world have had to leave their homes because they are no longer safe. Because of war and conflict, they and their families have become refugees. For them life is hard and full of questions.


Wherever I Go Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534419193
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2020

A hopeful and timely picture book about a spirited little girl living in a refugee camp.

Of all her friends, Abia has been at the Shimelba Refugee Camp the longest—seven years, four months, and sixteen days. Papa says that’s too long and they need a forever home. Until then, though, Abia has something important to do. Be a queen.


Who Belongs Here?: An American Story Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9780884488361
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - May 26th, 2020

120,000 copies sold!  

Who Belongs Here? tells the story of a boy who, having been forced to flee his war-torn country, struggles to be accepted by his new classmates in the U.S. Some kids think he should go back where he belongs, but what if everyone whose family came from another place was forced to return to his or her homeland? Who would be left?  


Refugees and Migrants Cover Image
By Ceri Roberts, Hanane Kai (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781438050201
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Sourcebooks Explore - August 17th, 2017

The Doll Cover Image
By Nhung N. Tran-Davies, Ravy Puth (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781772601657
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Published: Second Story Press - April 20th, 2021

A young girl and her family arrive in an airport in a new country. They are refugees, migrants who have travelled across the world to find safety. Strangers greet them, and one of them gives the little girl a doll. Decades later, that little girl is grown up and she has the chance to welcome a group of refugees who are newly arrived in her adopted country.


Drawn Across Borders: True Stories of Human Migration Cover Image
By George Butler, George Butler (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536217759
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Published: Candlewick Studio - March 16th, 2021

From a celebrated documentary artist, twelve portraits from the front lines of migration form an intimate record of why people leave behind the places they call home.

It is an unusual feeling to walk into a place that everyone is leaving . . .


Escape: One Day We Had to Run . . . Cover Image
By Ming Chen, Wah Chen, Carmen Vela (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781911373810
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Published: Lantana Publishing - May 4th, 2021

CLING. Don't let go. Hold tight. Never give up. FLY. Rev up. Lift off. Soar. PEDAL. Set off. Cycle. Pedal for your life.


Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States Cover Image
By Warren Binford (Compiled by), Michael Garcia Bochenek (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523513482
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 13th, 2021

The moving stories of children in migration—in their own words.

"In Spanish and in English, a devastating first-person account of children’s experiences in detention at the southern U.S. border....


House Without Walls Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499808759
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Published: Yellow Jacket - June 18th, 2019

"A moving and thought-provoking picture of a refugee experience filled with both tragedy and hope."--School Library Journal

For most people, home is a place with four walls. It's a place to eat, sleep, rest, and live. For a refugee, the concept of home is ever-changing, ever-moving, ever-wavering.


My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250308788
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Published: Square Fish - July 16th, 2019

Diane Guerrero, the star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, presents her personal story in this middle-grade memoir about her parents’ deportation and the nightmarish struggles of undocumented immigrants and their American children.


Escape from Syria Cover Image
By Samya Kullab, Jackie Roche (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781770859821
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Published: Firefly Books - October 17th, 2017

A graphic story of intense current events.

From the pen of former Daily Star (Lebanon) reporter Samya Kullab comes a breathtaking and hard-hitting story of one family's struggle to survive in the face of war, displacement, poverty and relocation.


This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419716607
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2016

A 2017 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction finalist!

American attitudes toward immigrants are paradoxical.