28 of the Best Immigration Books for the Classroom
Discuss the complex issue of immigration with children’s books. The following collection of immigration books focus on people fleeing their homes, arriving in new countries and their hopes and fears for the future.
Immigration Books for Elementary Students
Settling on a way to talk to children about immigration is a decision that needs some thought. Immigration involves moving to a new country and is an emotionally, physically and mentally challenging experience.
Immigration is a difficult issue for young children to understand because of the complex factors involved. Sharing 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 empathy and open-mindedness.
As well as this great list of immigration books you can also browse immigration teaching resources in the post 7 Useful Tips for Teaching Immigration to Elementary Students.
Immigration Books for the Classroom
These immigration children’s 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 accepting others.
A Different Pond by Bao Phi
The Day War Came by Nicola Davies
The Dress and the Girl by Camille Andros
Island Born by Junot Diaz
Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey by Doug Kuntz
The immigration books above are just a small selection of books now available 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 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.