Kids' Books About the Immigrant Experience

Captivating stories of the immigrant and refugee experience can help kids understand what people go through when they move to a new country and start new lives. These novels and memoirs can help build empathy among readers, and kids from immigrant families can see reflections of their own struggles and triumphs. You can also check out our list of books about racism and social justice.

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Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border

age 3+

Heartwarming Christmas story set at the U.S.-Mexico border.

By: Mitali Perkins (2019)
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Carmela Full of Wishes

age 4+

Sweet, poignant story of young girl from immigrant family.

By: Matt de la Peña (2018)
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Dreamers

age 4+

Gorgeous, joyous book about immigrant mom and child.

By: Yuyi Morales (2018)
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I Am Golden

age 4+

Girl learns to love being Chinese American in joyful tale.

By: Eva Chen (2022)
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Light for All

age 4+

Inspiring tribute to Statue of Liberty and immigrants.

By: Margarita Engle (2021)
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Mamá the Alien/Mamá la Extraterrestre

age 4+

A fun, bilingual take on being a documented immigrant.

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My Shoes and I: Crossing Three Borders / Mis Zapatos y Yo: Cruzando Tres Fronteras Poster Image
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My Shoes and I: Crossing Three Borders / Mis Zapatos y Yo: Cruzando Tres Fronteras

age 4+

Immigrant boy's inspiring journey, told in two languages.

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The Someone New

age 4+

Critters accept a snail looking for a new home in warm tale.

By: Jill Twiss (2019)
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¡Vamos! Let's Cross the Bridge

age 4+

Colorful tale of crossing border bridge has Spanish vocab.

By: Raul the Third (2021)
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Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter

age 4+

Poetic call to be proud of your heritage in a diverse world.

By: Mark Gonzales (2017)
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Islandborn

age 5+

Vibrant memories of Caribbean island celebrate heritage.

By: Junot Díaz (2018)
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This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From

age 5+

Fun look at immigration celebrates bringing items from home.

By: Jamie Lee Curtis (2016)
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Where Are You From?

age 5+

Lovely art frames lyrical answer to oft-asked question.

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Where Will I Live?

age 5+

Moving book about child refugees brought to life by photos.

By: Rosemary McCarney (2017)
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The Day War Came

age 6+

Poignant but haunting story of child refugee offers hope.

By: Nicola Davies (2018)
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A Different Pond

age 6+

Exquisitely tender family story of Vietnamese refugees.

By: Bao Phi (2017)
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Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued

age 6+

Inspiring true story of lifesaving hero and WWII refugees.

By: Peter Sis (2021)
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Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble

age 7+

Funny kitten tale has warm message of welcoming refugees.

By: Nick Bruel (2018)
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Ruby Lu Series

age 7+

Spirited Ruby faces changing family, friends in fun series.

By: Lenore Look (2004)
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American Immigration: Our History, Our Stories

age 8+

Tales of inspiring people, awful racism in nuanced history.

By: Kathleen Krull (2020)
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