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Picture Books and Younger Elementary
The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story   Aya Khalil   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kha)

This beautiful story of diversity follows a young girl named Kanzi whose start at a new school in a new country is not easy. But she finds that her most treasured reminder of her old home provides a pathway for acceptance in her new one. Recommended ages 4-8.

Areli is a Dreamer: A True Story   Areli Morales   (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 921 Morales Mor)

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. This is her true story. Recommended ages 3-7.

Do I Belong Here? = ¿Es Este Mi Lugar?   Rene Colato Lainez   (Espanol Juvenile - ESPANOL Ej Col)

 A bilingual text that offers an empathetic look at how immigrant children start to learn little by little, adapt to their surroundings and friends, and being to feel like they belong here! Recommended ages 5-9. 

Facing Fear: An Immigration Story   Karen Lynn Williams   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wil)

Enrique, a budding soccer star and U.S. citizen, learns the story behind his family's emigration across the border and the risks surrounding the crossing of the U.S./Mexico checkpoints. Recommended ages 5-9.

Gibberish   Young Vo   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Vo)

When Dat starts school in a country where he does not speak the language, everything around him sounds like gibberish until a new friend helps him make sense of his new world. Recommended ages 4-8.

Home is in Between   Mitali Perkins   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Per)

Immigrating to America from Bengali, a young girl faces the challenge of navigating between her family's beloved Bengali traditions and her new country's culture. Recommended ages 3-6.

Kids Speak Out About Immigration   Chris Schwab   (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 304.8 Sch)

Immigrants around the world move to new places seeking peace and opportunity. How can we support them? We can speak out! Recommended ages 6-9

Like a Dandelion   Huy Voun Lee   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lee)

A poetic tribute to the strength of immigrants. Like dandelion seeds a little girl and her mother take flight, put down roots in a new country, and begin to blossom in their new home. Recommended ages 3-8.

My America   Karen Katz   (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 325.73 Kat)

Katz celebrates America's immigrant roots with this inclusive picture book, which uses bright, textural illustrations to highlight some of the many cultures and backgrounds that make up the country's residents. Recommended ages 2-6.

My Two Border Towns   David Bowles   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bow)

A boy and his father cross the United States-Mexico border every other Saturday, visiting favorite places, spending time with family and friends, and sharing in the responsibility of community care. Recommended ages 3-6

My Words Flew Away Like Birds   Debora Pearson   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pea)

A child who has moved to a new country finds that the little bit of new language she has learned isn't helping her. As she speaks all the new words fly away! Does she need words to make a new friend? Recommended ages 4-8.

The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border   Stephen Briseno   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bri)

Noemi and her mama must flee their country because it is unsafe. At the border, they meet the notebook keeper, Belinda, who inspires hope in Noemi's heart. They find a new sense of home as they camp with other refugees awaiting their numbers to get called. Recommended ages 4-8.

To the Other Side   Erika Meza   (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mez)

As a girl and her younger brother make the dangerous journey from Mexico to the U.S. border, she creates a game to soften the impact of the experience. Recommended ages 4-8.

Older Elementary
Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna   Alda P. Dobbs   (Juvenile Fiction - J Dobbs)

Based on the true story of Petra Luna as she leads her family on a perilous journey in order to cross the U.S. border and find safety during the Mexican Revolution. Recommended ages 8-12.

Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees   Jen Sookfong Lee   (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 304.8 Lee)

Discover how human migration has shaped our world as you read the first-hand stories of people who have moved across the globe looking for safety, security and happiness. Recommended ages 8-12.

Front Desk   Kelly Yang   (Juvenile Fiction - J Yang)   Series: Front Desk; 1

Ten-year-old Mia, an immigrant from China, takes on front desk duties at the motel where her parents are managers and uses her creativity and can-do spirit to surmount the obstacles to a brighter future. Recommended ages 8-12.

Other Words for Home   Jasmine Warga   (Juvenile Fiction - J Warga)

Written in first-person free verse, this book traces the internal journey of Jude, a young Syrian refugee adjusting to a new home and culture in the U.S. while still facing worries about her family members back in Syria. Recommended ages 8-12.

Santiago's Road Home   Alexandra Diaz   (Juvenile Fiction - J Diaz)

Following 12-year-old Santiago as he flees abusive relatives and extreme poverty, this story gives voice to a young refugee who overcomes tremendous obstacles to cross the border from Mexico into the United States, only to be trapped in a detention center. Recommended ages 8-12.

World in Between   Kenan Trebincevic   (Juvenile Fiction - J Trebinc)

When 11 year old Kenan's homeland of Bosnia is ripped apart by war, his family is forced to make difficult decisions that eventually lead them on a harrowing refugee experience. Recommended ages 8-12.