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The Secret Diary of Mona Hasan

by Salma Hussain
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: humorous stories, diversity & multicultural, emigration & immigration

Mona learns to find her voice over the course of a year that sees her immigrating from Dubai to Canada in this novel for fans of Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

Mona Hasan is a young Muslim girl growing up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, when the first Gulf War breaks out in 1991. The war isn’t what she expects — “We didn’t even get any days off …

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A Long Way Home

by Jean Little, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: emigration & immigration, butterflies, moths & caterpillars, friendship

A warm story about friendship and migration from the incomparable Jean Little.

 

Jane and Maya are very different. Maya is a quiet girl and a refugee, new to this country, while chatty and outgoing Jane has lived in the same place her whole life. The girls become instant friends. When they learn about endangered species in school, they decide to do t …

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Friends Are Friends, Forever

by Dane Liu, illustrated by Lynn Scurfield
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: emigration & immigration

A picture book based on the author's own immigration story, the infinite impact of friendship, and passing on love and kindness around the world.
On a snowy Lunar New Year’s Eve in Northeastern China, it’s Dandan’s last night with Yueyue. Tomorrow, she moves to America. The two best friends have a favorite wintertime tradition: crafting pap …

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Birds on Wishbone Street

by Suzanne Del Rizzo
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: emigration & immigration, birds, friendship, diversity & multicultural

A simple act of neighborly kindness and a bird that needs their aid helps former refugee Sami settle into his new community with new-found friend Moe

Moe’s neighbors on Wishbone Street come from all over the world, and she’s excited to meet the new boy who just arrived from Syria. Sami isn’t quite ready to talk about his past, but he loves bir …

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New Year (A Lunar New Year Book for Kids)

by Mei Zihan, illustrated by Qin Leng
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 12
tagged: asia, alternative family, other, non-religious, emigration & immigration, diversity & multicultural

A moving picture book to read when we’re missing family far away, set during Lunar New Year. 

It’s Lunar New Year, a time when families come together for a wonderful feast, and a father longs to be with his daughter—but she lives in another country. As he imagines how his daughter is spending the festivities, he recalls fond memories of time s …

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Jacob and the Mandolin Adventure

by Anne Dublin, read by Steven Vlahos
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: europe, post-confederation (1867-), emigration & immigration

 

Thirteen-year-old Jacob’s life is hard in 1920s Poland, where he lives in an orphanage for Jewish children. His days are brightened by playing in the orphanage mandolin orchestra. When an American benefactor arrives with the promise of a new life in Canada at a farm school, Jacob and his friends are thrilled. But can they trust this man to keep …

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My Words Flew Away Like Birds

by Debora Pearson, illustrated by Shrija Jain
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: emigration & immigration, new experience, friendship

A poetically told immigration story that fosters understanding and beautifully articulates how the desire to belong and the need for human connection are universal.

A little girl learns some words in a new language to prepare for her move to a new country. But when she, her mother and her father arrive, “all her words fly away like birds.” The g …

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A Feast for Joseph

by Terry Farish & OD Bonny, illustrated by Ken Daley
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: emigration & immigration, friendship, cooking & food

Joseph misses sharing meals with lots of people like he did back in the refugee camp, so when the neighbors finally come over, it’s a feast! A companion book to Joseph’s Big Ride, described in Kirkus as “a joyful, upbeat tale.”

When Joseph and Mama lived in a refugee camp in East Africa, everyone cooked and ate together. And Joseph could alw …

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Let's Go See Papá!

by Lawrence Schimel, illustrated by Alba Rivera, translated by Elisa Amado
edition: Paperback
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: parents, new experience, emigration & immigration

The little girl in this story likes Sundays best of all -- it’s the day her father calls. She hasn’t seen him for over a year because he works far away across the ocean in the United States. She writes in her notebook every day, keeping a record of everything that happens to share with him when she finally sees him again. Then one Sunday her fa …

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