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Diverse Children's Literature: Immigration & Refugees

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Possible search termsImmigrant, human migration, refugee, undocumented person, illegal alien, émigrée, displaced person

Picture Books and Early Readers

The Day War Came
A Different Pond
Four Feet, Two Sandals
The Journey
Lubna and Pebble
Marwan's Journey
The Paper Boat
Room on Our Rock
Story Boat
Two White Rabbits
Vanishing Colors

Middle Grade

The Arrival
Brother's Keeper
Children of War
Efrén Divided
Everything Sad Is Untrue
I Lived on Butterfly Hill
Inside Out and Back Again
The Land of the Cranes
A Long Walk to Water
The Night Diary
90 Miles to Havana
The Red Pencil
Santiago's Road Home
Village of Scoundrels
When Stars Are Scattered

Young Adult

Almost American Girl
Call Me American
The Distance Between Us
Dream Country
The Far Away Brothers
A Grain of Rice
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea
Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday
The Other Side
Salt to the Sea
Sea Prayer
We Are Displaced
We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults
We Are Not from Here