28 of the Best Immigration Picture Books
Discuss the complex issue of immigration with children's books.
The following collection of immigration picture books focus on people fleeing their homes, arriving in new countries and their hopes and fears.
Using Immigration Picture Books in the Clasroom
Immigration is a difficult issue for young children to understand because of the complex factors involved. These immigration picture books focus on people fleeing their homes, arriving in new countries and their hopes and fears. Some of the books share a more discreet message about tolerance and accepting others and their perspective.
Sharing immigration picture books builds empathy and understanding for the lives of other people. They are also great discussion starters to answer children’s questions and promote tolerance and open-mindedness.
Visit 7 Useful Tips for Teaching Immigration to Young Children for information and resources you can use in the classroom. These ideas and resources can be used in conjunction with the immigration picture books below.
Immigration Picture Books
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A Different Pond by Bao Phi
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
The Day War Came by Nicola Davies
The Dress and the Girl by Camille Andros
Hedgehog by Ashlyn Anstee
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers
Island Born by Junot Diaz
The Journey by Francesca Sanna
Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey by Doug Kuntz
Migrant by Maxine Trottier
My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald
Mustafa by Marie-Louise Gay
My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
My Wounded Island by Jacques Pasquet
Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung
Teacup by Rebecca Young
Settling on a way to talk to children about immigration is decision that needs some thought. Immigration involves moving to a new country and is an emotionally, physically and mentally challenging experience.
The immigration picture books above are just a small selection of picture now availble on the subject of migration. If you have parents who are unsure how to talk about immigration with their child, you can of course share this page and the wonderful list of immigration picture books.
This TIME article also goes into a lot of detail about how to talk to children about immigration. It could be a useful resource to give to parents if they are not sure how to approach the topic with their child. In the article, journalist Carey Wallace talks to Professor William Perez for tips on starting a conversation with children on this complex issue.