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History in the Making - Immigrant History (Kids)

Read one of these nonfiction books to learn more about the immigrant experience.

Immigrant architect : Rafael Guastavino and the American dream by Berta de Miguel

Presents the life of architect Rafael Guastavino, who, together with his son of the same name, built the tiled vaults and domes of many famous buildings throughout the United States in the nineteenth century, including the Great Hall of Ellis Island, theBoston Public Library, and the Nebraska State Capitol.

Brave girl : Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel

An illustrated account of immigrant Clara Lemlich's pivotal role in the influential 1909 women laborer's strike describes how she worked grueling hours to acquire an education and support her family before organizing a massive walkout to protest the unfair working conditions in New York's garment district

The journey that saved Curious George : the true wartime escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden

Describes the popular children's authors' childhoods and early life together, their travels and marriage in Brazil, and their dramatic escape from World War II-torn Europe on bicycles

The Syrian-American journey by Rachel Castro

In this book, leveled text and vibrant, full-color photographs help readers to understand the journeys that Syrian-Americans took to the United States.

Jewish immigrants : in their shoes by Barbara Krasner

Looks into the lives, challenges, and successes of Jewish immigrants.

The Mexican-American journey by Emma Carlson Berne

In this book, leveled text and vibrant, full-color photographs help readers to understand the journeys that Mexican-Americans took to the United States. This title also introduces readers to their country of origin, reasons for leaving their former home, the steps and challenges to becoming a U.S. citizen, and the ways in which they assimilate to life in America while bringing their cultures and traditions.

Paper son : the inspiring story of Tyrus Wong, immigrant and artist by Julie Leung

My shoes and I : crossing three borders by René Colato Laínez

As a boy and his Papá travel from El Salvador to the United States to be reunited with Mamá, his wonderful new shoes help to distract him from the long and difficult journey.

Immigrants from Afghanistan and the Middle East / by Nel Yomtov Consultant : Karyn D. McKinney, PHD Associate Professor of Sociology Penn State Altoona. by Nelson Yomtov

In today's uncertain world, many families are leaving their home countries and seeking a better life in the United States. Immigrants from Afghanistan and the Middle East explores the stories of two families who left their home countries to find a betterlife in the United States. Follow their journeys to find out why they left their homelands and understand the challenges they faced in moving to a new country.

La frontera : el viaje con papá by Deborah (Architect) Mills

Alfredo recounts how he left the rest of his family in a small town in Mexico and made the difficult journey across the border to Texas with his father, where he eventually went to school, learned English, and became a United States citizen.

Their great gift : courage, sacrifice, and hope in a new land by John Coy

With lyrical text and thought-provoking photography, Their Great Gift explores the experiences of immigrants in the twenty-first century, focusing on the lives of children. Images of families who came to the United States from many different parts of the world celebrate the diversity of our country and contain a vision of hope for the future.

Coming to America : the story of immigration by Betsy Maestro

Traces the history of immigration to America, from the prehistoric peoples who crossed the land bridge from Asia to modern war refugees

What was Ellis Island? by Patricia Demuth

Describes the history of Ellis Island, a gateway for many immigrants coming to the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and details the restoration of the landmark and its reopening as a museum

Immigrants from Somalia and other African countries by Jessica Gunderson

In today's uncertain world, many families are leaving their home countries and seeking a better life in the United States. Immigrants from Somalia and Other African Countries explores the stories of two families who left their home countries to find a better life in the United States. Follow their journeys to find out why they left their homelands and understand the challenges they faced in moving to a new country.

The Indian-American journey by Emma Carlson Berne

"In this book, leveled text and vibrant, full-color photographs help readers to understand the journeys that Indian-Americans took to the United States. This title also introduces readers to their country of origin, reasons for leaving their former home,the steps and challenges to becoming a U.S. citizen, and the ways in which they assimilate to life in America while bringing their cultures and traditions."--

Kids speak out about immigration by Chris Schwab

Immigrants around the world move to new places seeking peace and opportunity. How can we support them? We can speak out! Learn about some incredible kids who had the courage to speak out about the rights of immigrants and what you can do to join them

Muslim immigrants : in their shoes by Amy C Rea

"Offers readers a compelling look into the lives, challenges, and successes of Muslim immigrants. Additional features include a Fast Facts page, a timeline, informative photo captions, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, additional resources for further study, and an index"--Provided by publisher

A journey toward hope by Victor Hinojosa

"Four unaccompanied migrant children come together along the arduous journey north through Mexico to the United States border in this ode to the power of hope and connection even in the face of uncertainty and fear."--Publisher's description

Immigration through Ellis Island by Christopher Forest

"In this book, early fluent readers will learn about the causes, main events, key players, and lasting impacts of immigration through Ellis Island. Interesting photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn about this important part of American history. An infographic enhances understanding of immigration through Ellis Island, and What Do You Think? sidebars encourage deeper inquiry. A timeline highlights key events and dates. Immigration Through Ellis Island also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index"--

Who are immigrants? by Riley Lawrence

Provides comprehensive information on why many immigrants leave their native countries and the hardships they may face.

Immigrants from Mexico and Central America by Emma Carlson Berne

"In today's uncertain world, many families are leaving their home countries and seeking a better life in the United States. Immigrants from Mexico and Central America explores the stories of two boys who left their home countries to find a better life inthe United States. Follow their journeys to find out why they left their homelands and understand the challenges they faced in moving to a new country."--
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