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Picture Books with Immigrant Stories

Families who leave their homes and journey to a new country face many challenges in their new lives. Learn more about the immigrant experience with these picture books, novels, and nonfiction stories for and about children and teens.

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Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago

A child and her father have to travel on The Beast, a train, to make it to the U.S. border.

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One Green Apple by Eve Bunting

During a visit to the apple orchard Farah realizes that a lot of the things are similar to those of her home country.

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The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Unhei decides that she will pick a new name from the jar so that everyone can pronounce her name correctly.

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Mariama: Different but Just the Same by Jerónimo Cornelles

Mariama has had a very long journey from Africa to a new country--a country that is very different.

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Mama's Nightingale: a Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat

Saya's Haitian mother is sent to an immigration detention center.

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My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo

Sami has to leave Syria with his family and neighbors to a refugee camp.

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Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde

Marcus and his family have to flee Europe during the Holocaust.

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The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

Everyone's skin is not the same and there are different shades.

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Here I Am by Patti Kim

A family arrives in America from a far away land.

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My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald

Cartwheel finds comfort in an old blanket when she moves to a new country.

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Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup by Pamela Mayer

Sophie likes both her grandmother's soups and tries to bring her family together with a tasty surprise.

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The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

Patricia's great-grandma's dress and those belonging to other family members are turned into a quilt.

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The Journey by Francesca Sanna

A family has to make the hard decision to leave their home because of the turmoil brought on by war.

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Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon

Oskar becomes a refugee and leaves his country to travel to New York with an aunt he has never met.

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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh

A young rabbit decides to go in search of his father who traveled North. Along the way the rabbit meets a coyote that will help him.

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Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh

Charlie and Carlitos are cousins who live in different countries and have different childhoods but are still very alike at heart.

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My Name Is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams

Sangoel must leave his home in Sudan and move to the U.S. with his mother and sister.