Books About Refugees
90 Miles to Havana is a 2011 Pura Belpré Honor Book for Narrative and a 2011 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.
“This immigration story is universal.” —School Library Journal, Starred
Angel Island, off the coast of California, was the port of entry for Asian immigrants to the United States between 1892 and 1940. Following the passage of legislation requiring the screening of immigrants, "the other Ellis Island" processed around one million people from Japan, China, and Korea.$21.99ISBN: 9780439895293Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to ConfirmPublished: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 2007"Tan's lovingly laid out and masterfully rendered tale about the immigrant experience is a documentary magically told." -- Art Spiegelman, author of Maus
"An absolute wonder." -- Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis
"A magical river of strangers and their stories!" -- Craig Thompson, author of Blankets
$7.99ISBN: 9780618342488Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 2002
At the age of fourteen, Francisco Jiménez, together with his older brother Roberto and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home in California, the entire family travels all night for twenty hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona.$9.95ISBN: 9780888999085Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Groundwood Books - May 25th, 2010
The United States and its allies invaded Iraq seven years ago. Today the country is still at war, and no one can claim that true democracy has come. Four million Iraqis have been displaced, and about half of them, unable to flee the country, are now living in remote tent camps without access to schools, health care, or often even food and clean water.$17.99ISBN: 9780590441513Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Scholastic Press - February 1996$9.99ISBN: 9780385743280Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Ember - August 5th, 2014
Adapted for young people, this edition of Enrique’s Journey is written by Sonia Nazario and based on the adult book of the same name. It is the true story of Enrique, a teenager from Honduras, who sets out on a journey, braving hardship and peril, to find his mother, who had no choice but to leave him when he was a child and go to the United States in search of work.$6.99ISBN: 9780439120425Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to ConfirmPublished: Scholastic Press - May 2002Esperanza Rising joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!
$15.99ISBN: 9780060856267Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Harper Perennial - April 4th, 2006
From a childhood survivor of the Camdodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot, this is a riveting narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit.
One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of$18.95ISBN: 9781554519408Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Annick Press - August 8th, 2017
When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom, and being terrified of a Hallowe'en skeleton.$7.95ISBN: 9781479519316Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Capstone Young Readers - February 2015
Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city in this dazzling wordless picture book. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits, games, and gestures are puzzling. They boy clings tightly to his special keepsake from home and wonders how he will find his way.$7.99ISBN: 9780689822216Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Aladdin - September 1998$6.99ISBN: 9780590438292Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - August 1994
If your name were changed at Ellis Island
--Would everyone in your family travel together?
--How long would you stay at Ellis Island?
--Would your name be changed?
This book tells you what it was like if when Ellis Island was opened in 1892 as a center for immigrants coming to live in America.$16.95ISBN: 9781580896122Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Charlesbridge - August 4th, 2015
Three students are immigrants from Guatemala, Korea, and Somalia and have trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English in their new American elementary school. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity.$8.99ISBN: 9780061962790Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2013
Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award!$17.95ISBN: 9781554518067Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Annick Press - March 22nd, 2016
A refugee boy's determination to ride a bicycle leads to an unexpected friendship.
Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike, but he's too small to ride it.$17.95ISBN: 9781909263994Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Flying Eye Books - September 13th, 2016
". . . a wonderful teaching tool for those who are welcoming refugees into their community."—The New York Times$7.99ISBN: 9780547577319Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Clarion Books - October 4th, 2011
The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy 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.$17.99ISBN: 9781524715472Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 31st, 2017
This heartwarming true story of one lost cat's journey to be reunited with his refugee family gently introduces children to a difficult topic and shows how ordinary people can help with compassion and hope.
$9.99ISBN: 9780312659127Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Square Fish - October 12th, 2010
A trip around a city block is like a trip around the world!$16.95ISBN: 9788416147823Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Cuento de Luz SL - March 14th, 2017$5.99ISBN: 9780689802171Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 1995
For María Isabel Salazar López, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. "We already have two Marías in this class," says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?"
But María Isabel has been named for her Papá's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother.$17.99ISBN: 9780544432284Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 2015Cartwheel moves to a new country with her auntie, and everything is strange: the animals, the plants—even the wind. An old blanket gives Cartwheel comfort when she’s sad—and a new blanket just might change her world.This multicultural story of friendship is about leaving home, moving to a foreign and strange place, and finding a new friend.$7.99ISBN: 9780440417996Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Dragonfly Books - October 14th, 2003
The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?$10.99ISBN: 9780316826204Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 2002
Read the remarkable true story of a young boy's journey from civil war in east Africa to a refugee camp in Sudan, to a childhood on welfare in an affluent American suburb, and eventually to a full-tuition scholarship at Harvard University.$17.99ISBN: 9780618434770Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Clarion Books - June 12th, 2006Farah 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.$9.99ISBN: 9780385741958Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Ember - September 10th, 2013
A moving account of how a soccer team made up of diverse refugees inspired an entire community here in the United States.
$16.99ISBN: 9780545880831Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017A New York Times bestseller!
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, hoping to find safety in America . . .
$8.99ISBN: 9780064472074Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to ConfirmPublished: HarperTeen - December 14th, 2004
ALA Best Book for Young Adults ∙ School Library Journal Best Book ∙ Publishers Weekly Best Book ∙ IRA/CBC Children's Choice ∙ NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts$8.99ISBN: 9781442401952Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - July 12th, 2011
In the summer of 2001, twelve year old Fadi’s parents make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move the family to the United States. When their underground transport arrives at the rendezvous point, chaos ensues, and Fadi is left dragging his younger sister Mariam through the crush of people.$20.00ISBN: 9781459814905Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 18th, 2016
This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children's writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badr's work, and, using many of Mr. Badr's already-created pieces, she set out to create a story about the Syrian refugee crisis.$24.95ISBN: 9781554518968Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Annick Press - April 11th, 2017
The phenomenon of desperate refugees risking their lives to reach safety is not new. For hundreds of years, people have left behind family, friends, and all they know in hope of a better life. This book presents five true stories about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum: Ruth and her family board the St.$9.95ISBN: 9780892392377Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Children's Book Press (CA) - April 2013
Bilingual English/Spanish. A bilingual biography of Pura Belpr , New York City's first Latina librarian.$19.99ISBN: 9781467780544Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to ConfirmPublished: Carolrhoda Books (R) - March 2016
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.$18.95ISBN: 9781554987412Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Groundwood Books - October 6th, 2015
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.$6.99ISBN: 9780763612740Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Candlewick - September 29th, 2003
"Hest simply and faithfully holds a mirror to the milestone event for millions of turn-of-the-century immigrants." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)