Picture Books About Immigrants

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Picture Books About Immigrants

Tomatoes in my Lunchbox by Costantia Manoli

Explore the joys of gardening and the satisfaction of growing your own food, centered around the excitement of finding tomatoes in a lunchbox in this charming tale.

The Boy from Mexico by Edward Dennis

Set against the backdrop of Mexico’s vibrant landscapes, this story follows the journey of a young protagonist as he navigates challenges, embraces his heritage, and discovers the true meaning of home and belonging. With evocative storytelling and rich cultural insights, this book offers readers a poignant exploration of identity and the bonds that unite us across borders.

Lunch From Home by Joshua David Stein

Follow along as a young protagonist embarks on a culinary adventure, exploring their lunchbox’s diverse flavors and traditions. With charming illustrations and heartwarming storytelling, this book will inspire young readers to appreciate the love and care that goes into each homemade meal.

Gibberish by Young Vo

Set in a world where words hold the power to shape reality, protagonist Jack must navigate a surreal landscape of linguistic puzzles and enigmatic encounters to uncover the truth about his past and future. With its inventive premise and thought-provoking narrative, “Gibberish” is a mesmerizing journey that challenges readers to rethink how they perceive the world around them.

La Frontera by Alfredo Alva

Through vivid storytelling, Alva takes readers on a journey filled with challenges, triumphs, and the enduring resilience of the human spirit. With its intimate portrayal of cultural identity, migration, and the bonds of family, “La Frontera” provides a powerful exploration of the complexities and realities of borderland life.

Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez

Where are you really from? – a common question for non-white poeple. A young girl seeks answers from her grandpa about her orgins.

Anna and Solomon by Elaine Snyder

Young Jewish couple Solomon and Anna are madly in love. However, with Jewish persecution growing in Russia, he knows he must move to a better life in America. So he goes alone, works very hard, and pays for his beloved bride to come. As he waits for her to get off the boat, he is greeted by a surprise! I loved this beautiful picture book and I would definitely recommend it for all ages.

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say 

Based on a trip taken by the author’s grandfather, Grandfather’s Journey tells the story of one man who grew up in Japan and still holds a great love for that country in his heart. Now living in the United States, the grandfather wonders how to balance his love for the new country with that of his homeland. 

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Unhei just moved to the United States from Korea, and not only is she the new kid in school, but it seems no one can pronounce her name! She is tempted to choose an American name for herself, until a new friend helps her appreciate what she was given.

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