Picture Books About the Immigrant Experience

A Listmania! list by Rene Colato Lainez
 
My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aqui hasta alla (Pura Belpre Honor Book Author (Awards)) (English and Spanish Edition)
1.  My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aqui hasta alla (Pura Belpre Honor Book Author (Awards)) (English and Spanish Edition) by Maya Christina Gonzalez
The list author says:
  "A young girl describes her feelings when her family decides to leave their home in Mexico to look for work in the United States."
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A Movie in My Pillow/Una pelicula en mi almohada: Poems/Poemas
2.  A Movie in My Pillow/Una pelicula en mi almohada: Poems/Poemas by Jorge Argueta
The list author says:
  "Young Jorgito has come to live in the Mission District of San Francisco, but he hasn't forgotten the unique beauty of his native El Salvador."
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My Name Is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River
3.  My Name Is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River by Jane Medina
The list author says:
  "Poems in Spanish and English written from the standpoint of Jorge vividly depict his experiences and feelings about coming from Mexico to the United States and his struggles attending school."
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The Upside Down Boy / El niño de cabeza
4.  The Upside Down Boy / El niño de cabeza by Juan Felipe Herrera
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  "Juanito is bewildered by the new school, and he misses the warmth of country life. Everything he does feels upside down."
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Waiting for Papá / Esperando a Papá
5.  Waiting for Papá / Esperando a Papá by Rene Colato Lainez
The list author says:
  "When a boy and his mother come to the United States from El Salvador, leaving his father behind, the boy misses his father very much and wants to do something special to show him how much he cares."
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Muffler Man / El hombre mofle (Pinata Bilingual Picture Books)
6.  Muffler Man / El hombre mofle (Pinata Bilingual Picture Books) by Tito Campos
The list author says:
  "Chuy works hard at the muffler shop to earn enough money to join his father in America, where together they create statues made from old muffler parts, that they scatter around the city."
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Friends from the Other Side / Amigos del otro lado
7.  Friends from the Other Side / Amigos del otro lado by Gloria Anzaldua
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  "Having crossed the Rio Grande into Texas with his mother in search of a new life, Joaquin receives help and friendship from Prietita, a brave young Mexican American girl."
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La Mariposa (Spanish Edition)
8.  La Mariposa (Spanish Edition) by Francisco Jiménez
The list author says:
  "Because he can only speak Spanish, Francisco, son of migrant workers, has trouble when he begins first grade, but his fascination with the caterpillar in the classroom helps him begin to fit in."
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First Day in Grapes (Pura Belpre Honor Book. Illustrator (Awards))
9.  First Day in Grapes (Pura Belpre Honor Book. Illustrator (Awards)) by L. King Pérez
The list author says:
  "When Chico starts the third grade after his migrant worker family moves to begin harvesting California grapes, he finds that self-confidence and math skills help him cope with the first day of school."
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A Gift From Papa Diego/Un Regalo De Papa Diego (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
10.  A Gift From Papa Diego/Un Regalo De Papa Diego (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The list author says:
  "When little Diego gets a Superman outfit for his birthday, he hopes to fly across the border to Mexico to be with his grandfather whom he loves."
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Amelia's Road
11.  Amelia's Road by Linda Jacobs Altman
The list author says:
  "Tired of moving around so much, Amelia, the daughter of migrant farm workers, dreams of a stable home."
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The Name Jar
12.  The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
The list author says:
  "After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be."
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My Name Is Yoon (Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, 2004)
13.  My Name Is Yoon (Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, 2004) by Helen Recorvits
The list author says:
  "Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or "shining wisdom," refers to herself as "cat," "bird," and "cupcake," as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country."
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Good-Bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong
14.  Good-Bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong by Frances Park
The list author says:
  "Jangmi finds it hard to say goodbye to relatives and friends, plus the food, customs, and beautiful things of her home in Korea, when her family moves to America."
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Dear Juno
15.  Dear Juno by Soyung Pak
The list author says:
  "Although Juno cannot read the letter he receives from his grandmother, he understands what it means from the photograph and dried flower and decides to send a similar letter back to her."
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The Long Road
16.  The Long Road by Luis Garay
The list author says:
  "This book tells the story of a Latin American boy who is forced to move north with his mother as the result of political unrest."
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Aekyung's Dream (English and Korean Edition)
17.  Aekyung's Dream (English and Korean Edition) by Min Paek
The list author says:
  "A young Korean immigrant learns to adjust to her new life in America by heeding the words of an ancient Korean king."
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Grandfather Counts (Reading Rainbow Books)
18.  Grandfather Counts (Reading Rainbow Books) by Andrea Cheng
The list author says:
  "When her maternal grandfather comes from China, Helen, who is biracial, develops a special bond with him despite their age and language differences."
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I Hate English! (A Blue Ribbon Book)
19.  I Hate English! (A Blue Ribbon Book) by Ellen Levine
The list author says:
  "A young immigrant girl from Hong Kong arrives in New York's Chinatown. With the help of her teacher, Mei Mei leans that she can have the best of two worlds by learning to communicate in two languages."
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In English, of Course
20.  In English, of Course by Josephine Nobisso
The list author says:
  "Josephine tries to tell her new American class about her life in Naples, Italy, but her teacher misunderstands what she is saying and thinks she grew up on a farm."
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Hannah is My Name
21.  Hannah is My Name by Belle Yang
The list author says:
  "A young Chinese girl and her parents emigrate to the United States and try their best to assimilate into their San Francisco neighborhood while anxiously awaiting the arrival of their green cards."
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When Jessie Came Across the Sea
22.  When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest
The list author says:
  "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 America."
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Streets of Gold
23.  Streets of Gold by Rosemary Wells
The list author says:
  "Based on a memoir written in the early twentieth century, tells the story of a young girl and her life in Russia, her travels to America, and her subsequent life in the United States."
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From Far Away (Classic Munsch)
24.  From Far Away (Classic Munsch) by Robert Munsch
The list author says:
  "Saoussan tells the story of her family fleeing war-torn Lebanon and going to live in Canada. She starts school, but not knowing English makes things difficult for her."
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The Color of Home (Phyllis Fogelman Books)
25.  The Color of Home (Phyllis Fogelman Books) by Mary Hoffman
The list author says:
  "Hassan, newly-arrived in the United States and feeling homesick, paints a picture at school that shows his old home in Somalia as well as the reason his family had to leave."
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