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Selections by Children's Librarians Eileen Corbett & Sarah Rodriguez

Picture Books

Two White Rabbits

Jairo Buitrago · Groundwood Books / House of Anansi, 2015.
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the U.S. border.They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn't know where they are going. She counts the animals...
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One Green Apple

Eve Bunting · Clarion Books
Pages: 32
Format: Book

Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn't speak. It's hard being the new kid in school, especially when you're from another country and don't know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things...
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The Name Jar

Yangsook Choi · Dragonfly Books
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school,...
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Islandborn

Junot Díaz · Dial Books
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places. So when Lola's teacher asks...
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Mustafa

MARIE-LOUISE GAY · Groundwood Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Mustafa and his family traveled a long way to reach their new home. Some nights Mustafa dreams about the country he used to live in, and he wakes up not knowing where he is. Then his mother takes him out to the balcony to see the moon -- the same moon as in their old country. In the park,...
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A Different Pond

Bao Phi · Capstone Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son -- and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event -- a long-ago fishing trip. As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's...
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We Came to America

Faith Ringgold · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

A timely and beautiful look at America s rich history of diversity, from Faith Ringgold, the Coretta Scott King and Caldecot Honor winning creator of "Tar Beach" "" From the Native Americans who first called this land their home, to the millions of people who have flocked...
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Saffron Ice Cream

Rashin Kheiriyeh · Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Rashin is excited about her first visit to the beach in her family's new home. On the way there, she remembers what beach trips were like in Iran, the beautiful Caspian Sea, the Persian music, and most of all the saffron ice cream she shared with her best friend, Azadeh. But there are wonderful...
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Dreamers

Yuyi Morales · Neal Porter Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn't come empty-handed.She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams...and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and five-time...
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The quiet place

Sarah Stewart · Margaret Ferguson Books
Format: Print book

A little girl moves to the United States from Mexico with her family and writes letters to her aunt in Mexico about her new life.
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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale

Duncan Tonatiuh · Abrams Books for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Book

In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his papa s return. Papa Rabbit traveled north two years ago to find work in the great carrot and lettuce fields to earn money for his family. When Papa does not return, Pancho sets out to find him. He packs Papa...
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Four Feet, Two Sandals

Karen Lynn Williams · Eerdmans; 1 edition
Pages: 28
Format: Hardcover

When relief workers bring used clothing to a refugee camp in Pakistan, ten-year-old Lina is thrilled when she finds a sandal that fits her foot perfectly - until she sees that another girl has the matching shoe. But soon Lina and Feroza meet and decide that it is better to share the sandals...
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All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel

Dan Yaccarino · Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

“This immigration story is universal.” —School Library Journal, Starred   Dan Yaccarino’s great-grandfather arrived at Ellis Island with a small shovel and his parents’ good advice: “Work hard, but remember to enjoy life, and never forget your family.”...
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Chapter Books

Home of the Brave

Katherine Applegate · Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Kek comes from Africa. In America he sees snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He's never walked on ice, and he falls. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter - cold and unkind. In Africa, Kek lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother...
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Lucky Broken Girl

Ruth Behar · Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 243
Format: Book

Suffering a severe broken leg after a car crash, Ruthie Mizrahi a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant, spends a whole year in a body cast and must learn hwo to walk again.   Grades 5+
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It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

Firoozeh Dumas · Clarion Books
Pages: 378
Format: Book

While living in sourhtern California in the late 1970s, Zomorod Yousefzadeh and her family newly, arrived from Iran, face difficulties when American hostages are taken in Iran. Grades 5+
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Refugee

ALAN GRATZ · Scholastic Press
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft,...
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My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope

DIANE GUERRERO · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Before landing a spot on the megahit Netflix show Orange is the New Black; before wow-ing audiences as Lina on Jane the Virgin; and before her incredible activism and work on immigration reform, Diane Guerrero was a young girl living in Boston. One day, while Guerrero was at school, her undocumented...
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Amina's Voice

Hena Khan · Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 197
Format: Book

Amina, a Pakistani-American girl starting Middle School, worries about losing her best friend and singing in public, but when a tragedy strikes the Milwaukee Muslim communiity she comes to appreciate her many talents and gifts.   Grades 5+
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A Story Like the Wind

Gill Lewis · Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Pages: 80
Format: Hardcover

A masterful story about the power of hope Rami is in a small dinghy filled with strangers, all of them refugees seeking a safe harbor. But with no motor, no oars, and a rising tide, their situation looks bleak. So Rami pulls out the only thing he brought with him - a violin - and begins...
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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

Linda Sue Park · Clarion Books
Pages: 121
Format: Hardcover

A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours' walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost...
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Front Desk

Kelly Yang · Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner,...
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