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1.   A Guatemalan Family: Journey Between Two Worlds
Written by
Michael Malone
The life of the Mendez family, a family that fled their home in Guatemala.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
2.   Aekyung's Dream
Written by
Min Paek
A recently arrived immigrant child tells about the adjustment to an unfamiliar culture.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
3.   Angel Child, Dragon Child
Vo-Dinh Mai (Illustrator), Michele Maria Surat (Author)
A young girl adjusts to life in the United States after leaving Vietnam.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
4.   Blue Jasmine
Written by
Kashmira Sheth
When twelve-year-old Seema and her family move from their small Indian town to Iowa City, Seema feels like an outsider to the language and traditions, and must cope with the unfamiliarity of a new school system and the hostility of an intolerant classmate. As she begins to plant roots in the foreign soil, however, Seema’s confidence starts to bloom, she learns the coping skills necessary to deal with the antagonistic classmate, and discovers that she can build a bridge between two homes.
[Grade Level: 4 - 7]
5.   Buba Leah and Her Paper Children
Mary Morgan (Illustrator), Lillian Hammer Ross (Author)
A woman's wish to see her children in faraway America is fulfilled when she receives a special letter in the mail.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
6.   Carolyn's Story: A Book About an Adopted Girl
Written and Photographed by
Perry Schwartz
The story of nine-year old Carolyn, who was adopted from Honduras when she was a baby, told in her own words, illustrated with photographs.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
7.   Chopsticks from America
Elaine Hosozawa-Nagano (Author), Masayuki Miyata (Illustrator)
A family moves to Japan and discovers what life is like in the land of their ancestors.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
8.   Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story
Written and Photographed by
Bernard Wolf
Text and photographs depict the joys and hardships experiences by a Muslim family that immigrates to New York City from Egypt.
9.   Drita, My Homegirl
Written by
Jenny Lombard
Drita and her family come to New York as refugees from war-torn Kosovo. Even though she barely speaks English, Drita can’t wait to start school and make a new best friend. But her new classmates don’t make it easy, teasing her about virtually everything. The worst is Maxie, a tough African-American girl whose sassy attitude hides a painful secret. When Maxie takes things too far, their teacher assigns Maxie a paper on Drita and her journey to America from Kosovo. Suddenly, Maxie realizes she and Drita have more in common than she thought. And when Drita’s mother gets sick, there’s only one person who can help—Drita’s new homegirl.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
10.   Going Home
Written by
Nicholosa Mohr
A summer spent with relatives in Puerto Rico leaves Felita longing for the familiarity of her family and life in New York City.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
11.   Going West
Thomas B. Allen (Illustrator), Jean Van Leeuwen (Author)
The story of America's covered wagons and the journeys made by people from many ethnic backgrounds.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
12.   Goldfish and Chrysanthemums
Michelle Chang (Illustrator), Andrea Cheng (Author)
A young girl makes a goldfish pond and decorates it with chrysanthemums to remind her grandmother of the fishpond she had in China.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
13.   Halmoni and the Picnic
Sook Nyul Choi (Author), Karen M. Dugan (Illustrator)
A Korean-American girl's third grade class helps the girl's newly-arrived grandmother feel more comfortable with her new life in the United States.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
14.   Hoang Anh: A Vietnamese-American Boy
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A story of a young man who successfully relates to two cultures - one old, one new.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
15.   How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story
Eve Bunting (Author), Beth Peck (Illustrator)
Caribbean "boat people" seek haven in America.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
16.   How My Family Lives in America
Susan Kuklin. (Illustrator), Susan Kuklin (Author)
Through the eyes of four immigrant children, readers see how different families preserve their cultures while part of an American community.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
17.   Immigrant Girl: Becky of Eldridge Street
Brett Harvey (Author), Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator)
An authentic portrayal of a period in America when immigration was at its height.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
18.   Journey Home
Dom Lee (Illustrator), Keurhee Lee (Illustrator), Lawrence McKay (Author)
A young girl accompanies her mother as she returns to the country of her birth, Vietnam, to learn about her past.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
19.   Just Like Home/Como en Mi Tierra
Elizabeth I. Miller (Author), Mira Reisberg (Illustrator), Teresa Mlawer (Adapter)
A young girl shares her experiences of a new life in the United States by comparing those things that are similar to her old home and those that are different.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
20.   La Mariposa
Francisco Jimenez (Author), Simon Silva (Illustrator)
Francisco, an immigrant from Mexico and the son of migrant workers, has difficulty adjusting to first grade in a new school because he doesn't speak English and, to make matters worse, the class bully seems to have it in for him. Francisco becomes fascinated with a jar containing a caterpillar and fantasizes about flying out of the classroom like a butterfly and back to his Papa in the fields. Francisco’s interest in butterflies also inspires a drawing that earns Francisco a prize and the respect of his classmates. The author, who was himself held back in school because he did not speak English well enough, weaves Spanish, without translation, through the text. The author and illustrator are both immigrants who worked in the fields of California.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
21.   Land of Hope
Written by
Joan Lowery Nixon
A young immigrant, arriving in New York City in 1902, almost abandons her dream of getting an education when she is forced to work in a sweatshop.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
22.   Leaving for America
Roslyn Bresnick-Perry (Author), Mira Reisberg (Illustrator)
A portrayal of life in a Russian-Jewish community in the 1920s as seen through the eyes of a young girl who is leaving for America.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
23.   Molly's Pilgrim/Molly Y Los Peregrinos
Barbara Cohen (Author), Michael J. Deraney (Illustrator)
A story about a young girl who is not accepted by her classmates.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
24.   Mountains to Climb
Jack Crompton (Illustrator), Richard M. Wainwright (Author)
A young boy leaves his home in the Andes Mountains to live in America with his aunt and uncle.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
25.   Onion Tears
Diana Kidd (Author), Lucy Montgomery (Illustrator)
Leaving her family behind in war-torn Vietnam, a young girl adjusts to life in the United States.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
26.   Tales from Gold Mountain: Stories of the Chinese in the New World
Simon Ng (Illustrator), Paul Yee (Author)
Stories about the prejudice and adversity faced by early Chinese Americans.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
27.   Tall Boy's Journey
Joanna Halpert Kraus (Author), Karen Ritz (Illustrator)
A young boy must leave his home in Korea to come live with his adoptive parents in the United States, a country he finds strange and uncomfortable.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
28.   The American Wei
DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan (Illustrator), Marion Hess Pomeranc (Author)
A young boy loses his first tooth while going to his family's naturalization ceremony.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
29.   The Hand-Me-Down Horse
Marion Hess Pomeranc (Author), Joanna Yardley (Illustrator)
A young boy yearns to go to America after World War II.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
30.   The Lobster and the Sea
Esther Chiu (Author), Mika Takahashi (Illustrator)
A young girl comes to terms with her beloved grandfather's imminent departure for his homeland.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
31.   The Way We Do It in Japan
Paige Billin-Frye (Illustrator), Geneva Cobb Iijimi (Author)
A boy experiences a new way of life when he moves from the United Sates to Japan with his Japanese father and American mother.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
32.   Who Belongs Here? An American Story
Margy Burns Knight (Author), Anne Sibley O’Brien (Illustrator)
Young readers are asked to explore the human implications of intolerance.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
33.   Wildflower Girl
Written by
Marita Conlon-McKenna
Peggy O'Driscoll, a thirteen year old girl, leaves her home in Ireland during the Great Famine of the 1840s to make a better life for herself in America. Despite the fact that she is scared and misses her family, she displays great courage and strength.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
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