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Immigrant Stories for Young Readers

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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Yes! We Are Latinos by Alma Flor Ada

This collection of stories of young Latino's immigrant experiences in the United States includes Juanita who lives in New York and is Mexican and Michiko who lives in Los Angeles and is Peruvian and Japanese.

Fiction

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The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz

After being targeted by a gang, Jaime and Angela have to risk it all and head north from Guatemala.

Fiction

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Until I Find Julian by Patricia Reilly Giff

When Mateo stops hearing from his brother Julian, he heads for the border in search for his brother.

Fiction

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Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America by Helen Foster James

Fu Lee leaves his home in China to become a Paper Son, meaning he must pretend to be the son of a family already in America.

Fiction

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Migrant by José Mateo

A Mexican family faces many adversities on their journey to the U.S.--dangers that many illegal immigrants experience.

Fiction

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The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Forced to move from Muscat, Oman, to Arbor, Michigan, Aref Al-Amri tries to store up memories from home to take with him.

Fiction

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West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Astri escapes a cruel goat farmer in Norway and sets off to America with her younger sister.

Fiction

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Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams

Lina finds one sandal that fits perfectly and Feroza finds the other while they are both in a refugee camp.

Fiction

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All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel by Dan Yaccarino

A shovel is been passed down four generations of an Italian-American family.

Nonfiction

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Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land by John Coy

The experiences of families from all over the world who have immigrated to the United States are shared through lyrical text and thought-provoking photography.

Nonfiction