Youth & Teen Books
Picture Books Youth Fiction
Grandfather’s Journey An American Spring
By Allen Say (E Say) By Kathryn Lasky (Series Dear America My America #3)
A grandfather reminiscences about life in America and Sofia describes her life in her new home in Boston, with a
Japan, conveying his love for both. new friend and new store, as a new American.
*Try all the Dear America series for many interesting
Grandmother and the Runaway Shadow
books on immigrants, with different reading levels.
By Liz Rosenberg (E Rosenberg)
Relates how grandmother, along with a mischievous Becoming Naomi Leon
shadow, emigrates from Russia to the United States. By Pam Munoz Ryan (J FIC Ryan)
When Naomi’s absent mother returns to claim her, she
Hannah Is My Name
runs away to Mexico in search of her father.
By Belle Yang (E Yang)
Hannah’s family travels from Taiwan to San Francisco. The Breaker Boys
By Pat Hughes (J FIC Hughes)
Henry and the Kite Dragon
In 1897, Nate, the son of wealthy mine owners, befriends
By Bruce Edward Hall (E Hall)
immigrant boys who work in the mine and is caught up in
Two rival groups of children representing two different
a clash between workers and the law.
cultures come face to face. Based on a true story.
By A. E. Cannon (J FIC Cannon)
By Marissa Moss (E Moss)
As a 12 year-old Welsh immigrant carries a motherless
Grandfather tells Walter how he decided to come to
baby along the Morman Trail she comes to love her, and
America while his brother Herschel stayed in Lithuania.
fears the day the father will reclaim her.
The Keeping Quilt
By Patricia Polacco (E Polacco)
By Johanna Hurwitz (J FIC Hurwitz, J CD Hurwitz)
A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four genera-
Dossi, a Russian, Jewish immigrant in New York, shares
tions of an immigrant Jewish family.
her thoughts on her family, the diphtheria epidemic, and
Landed the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
By Milly Lee (E Lee)
New immigrants are detained at San Francisco’s Angel
By Eve Tal (J FIC Tal)
Island to take a difficult oral exam before they “land.”
Raizel and her father flee Ukraine for America, but find
My Name is Yoon her father’s health and Orthodox faith become problems.
By Helen Recorvits (E Recorvits)
Disliking her name in English, Korean-born Yoon, or
By Pam Munoz Ryan (J FIC Ryan, J CD Ryan)
“Shining Wisdom,” makes up comforting nicknames.
Esperanza and her mother leave a life of wealth in Mex-
Silent Movie ico to work in the labor camps of Southern California.
By Avi (E Avi)
Fiona McGilray’s Story: A Voyage from Ireland in
Black-and-white images tell the story of an immigrant
family in the big city.
By Clare Pastore (J FIC Pastore)
Sparrow Jack Fiona travels with her family from Ireland to Boston.
By Mordicai Gerstein (E Gerstein)
When John leaves England to seek his fortune in Amer- Hear My Sorrow: the Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirt-
ica, he finds his new city crawling with inchworms. waist Worker
By Deborah Hopkinson (Series Dear America)
Watch the Stars Come Out Forced to drop out of school to help support her family,
By Riki Levinson (E Levinson) Angela, an Italian immigrant, works in a garment factory.
Grandma tells about her mama’s boat trip to America.
A House of Tailors
By Patricia Reilly Giff (J FIC Giff)
Chelsea District Library When 13 year-old Dina emigrates from Germany to
221 South Main Street America in 1871, her only wish is to return home.
Chelsea MI 48118
The Jounal of Otto Peltonen, a Finnish Immigrant By Gaby Triana (TEEN FIC Triana)
By William Durbin (Series Dear America My Name is Isabel, excited to leave Miami to attend the University of
America) Michigan, is eager to escape her Cuban mother.
Otto travels from Finland to America, joining his father in
a mining community’s fight for better working conditions. Dragon’s Gate
By Laurence Yep (YA FIC Yep Newbery Honor, TEEN CD
The King of Mulberry Street Yep)
By Donna Jo Napoli (J FIC Napoli) In rural China in 1865, Otter begins a journey to America to
Dom, a 9 year-old stowaway from Italy, arrives in New meet his father on the transcontinental railroad.
York and must learn to survive the perils of street life.
First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants
Land of Dreams By Donald R. Gallo (TEEN FIC First)
By Joan Lowery Nixon (J FIC Nixon) Teen immigrants face problems in America.
16 year-old Kristin travels from Sweden to Minnesota,
and she is frustrated by the restrictions placed on girls. Red Glass
By Laura Resau (TEEN FIC Resau)
My Name is Maria Isabel Frail Sophie learns her true strength as she helps a Mexican
By Alma Flor Ada (J FIC Ada) orphan and her Guatemalan boyfriend.
Third grader Maria Isabel, born in Puerto Rico, wants
badly to fit in at school in the United States. Red Midnight
By Ben Mikaelsen (YA FIC Mikaelsen)
Nory Ryan’s Song After soldiers kill his family, 12 year-old Santiago and his 4
By Patricia Reilly Giff (J FIC GIff) year-old sister flee Guatemala in a kayak for America.
As the Irish Potato Famine takes its toll on her family,
Nory must find courage to help her family survive. Sofi Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico
By Malin Alegria (TEEN FIC Alegria)
Project Mulberry: A Novel When Sofi lies to her parents and crosses the border for a
By Linda Sue Park (J FIC Park, J CD Park) party, she has no idea she will get stuck there with a family
While working on a project about silkworms, Julie, a Ko- she has never met, unable to return to America.
rean American, and Patrick learn about tolerance.
A Step From Heaven
A Voyage From Cambodia in 1975: Chantrea By An Na (TEEN FIC Na)
Conway’s Story A Korean girl tries to learn English and adjust to America.
By Clare Pastore (J FIC Pastore)
Chantrea is glad to leave the Cambodian refugee camp Non Fiction
for America, but worries she won’t see her father again. American Immigration: A Student Companion
Yang the Youngest and his Terrible Ear By Roger Daniels (J 304.873 Dan)
By Lensey Namioka (J FIC Namioka) How immigrants and their descendants have defined the
Recently arrived in Seattle from China, musically untal- American nation.
ented Yang would rather play baseball than the violin. Ellis Island
By Cynthia Fitterer Klingel (ER 325.73 Kli)
Teen Fiction The history of Ellis Island as an immigration station.
Ashes of Roses
By Mary Jane Auch (YA FIC Auch) Escape From Saigon: A Vietnam War Orphan Becomes
Margaret Rose, newly from Ireland, finds work at the an American Boy
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory shortly before the 1911 fire. By Andrea Warren (J 921 Steiner)
Long, a mixed-race child with little future in Vietnam, makes a
Bread and Roses, Too dramatic escape to America. A true story.
By Katherine Paterson (TEEN FIC Paterson)
Jake and Rosa form an unlikely friendship as they try to If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island
survive the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers. By Ellen Levine (J 325 Lev)
An interactive history book with a question/answer format.
By Nancy Osa (TEEN FIC Osa) Island of Hope: The Story of Ellis Island and the Journey
Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly to America
prepares for her “quince,” a Spanish 15th birthday party. By Martin W. Sandler (J 304.873 San)
Photographs and first-person accounts of Ellis Island.
Just Like Home
By Elizabeth I. Miller (J 468 Mil)
Chelsea District Library An immigrant girl’s first sights of America are “just like home.”
221 South Main Street 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
Chelsea MI 48118 By Naomi Shihab (TEEN 811.54 Nye)
734.475.8732 Poems exploring the Arab-American experience.