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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Picture Books About Immigration

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories and talents are shared.

All are Welcome

Bee-Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park
A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation and table setting.

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
An illustrated picture book autobiography in which the author tells her immigration story.

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan
In simple rhyming text, a young Muslim girl and her family guide the reader through the traditions and colors of Islam.

Good-Bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong by Frances Park
Jangmi finds it hard to say goodbye to relatives and friends, plus the food, customs and beautiful things of her home in Korea, when her family moves to America.

I’m an Immigrant Too! by Mem Fox
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal how all of our lives are enriched by the vibrant cultural diversity immigrants bring to their new communities.

Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina
Mia’s abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep, and discovers that Abuela can’t read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English, and Mia learns some Spanish too.

My Chinatown: One Year in Poems by Kam Mak
A boy adjusts to life away from his home in Hong Kong, in the Chinatown of his new America city.

My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or “shining wisdom,” refers to herself as “cat,” “bird” and “cupcake” as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country.

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
When on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students’ red apples.

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin
Rashin is an Iranian immigrant girl living in New York, excited by her first trip to Coney Island, and fascinated by the differences in the beach customs between her native Iran and her new home – but she misses the saffron flavored ice cream that she used to eat.

The Seeds of Friendship by Michael Foreman
Adam, an immigrant boy in a big city, is lonely until he sees snow for the first time and starts to play with the neighborhood children.  When he starts school, he gets some seeds and begins to plant them with help from his new friends.

A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning
Since she left Jamaica for America after her father died, Zettie lives in a car with her mother while they both go to school and plan for a real home.

Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago
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 by the road, the clouds in the sky and the stars.

January 2019

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