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Citizenship, Immigration, and Place of Origin

Created by Top Grade
  • Age: 4 to 100
  • Grade: 1 to 17
tagged: DIV-0318, refugees and newcomers, diversity and inclusion
A #wehavediversebooks selection for children and teens.

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Child Soldier

When Boys and Girls Are Used in War

by Michel Chikwanine & Jessica Dee Humphreys, illustrated by Claudia Dávila
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: military & wars, social activists, africa

Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his school-yard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again. After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged …

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Through Flood and Fire

A Second Barr Colony Adventure

by Anne Patton
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: emigration & immigration

After travelling thousands of miles, Dorothy Bolton is still getting used to her new home in Canada — and on the prairies no less. The Barr Colonists who arrived with Dorothy and her family are getting restless. Fires and floods consume homes and resources, and many promises made to them before leaving England have proven false.

But Dorothy's fath …

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A Ticket Around the World

by Natalia Diaz & Melissa Owens, illustrated by Kim Smith
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: customs, traditions, anthropology, travel

Join a young boy as he hops around the globe, visiting friends in 13 different countries spanning all 6 populated continents. Along the way, he introduces us to each friend’s environment and customs, and shares interesting facts about each country’s culture, language, food, geography, wildlife, landmarks and more. Each country has a dedicated …

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Dance of the Banished

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: prejudice & racism, military & wars, emigration & immigration

Ali and his fiancée Zeynep dream about leaving their home in Anatolia and building a new life together in Canada. But their homeland is controlled by the Turkish government, which is on the brink of war with Britain and Russia. And although Ali finds passage to Canada to work, he is forced to leave Zeynep behind until he can earn enough to bring h …

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The Last Train

A Holocaust Story

by Rona Arato
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 100
  • Grade: 6 to 17
tagged: historical, holocaust, siblings, judaism

The Last Train is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of World War II.  Living in the town of Karcag, Hungary, the Aratos felt insulated from the war — even as it raged all around them. Hungary is allied with Germany to protect its citizen …

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A Long Way from Home

by Alice Walsh
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: emigration & immigration, prejudice & racism

Thirteen-year-old Rabia, along with her mother and younger brother, flee Afghanistan and the brutal Taliban for Pakistan. Relocating to North America, their flight falls on the fateful morning of 9/11. After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, their plane is diverted to Gander, Newfoundland. Also on the plane is an Amer …

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Last Airlift

A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War  

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: historical, orphans & foster homes, literary

Last Airlift is the true story of the last Canadian airlift operation that left Saigon and arrived in Toronto on April 13, 1975. Son Thi Anh Tuyet was one of 57 babies and children on that flight. Based on personal interviews and enhanced with archive photos, Tuyet's story of the Saigon orphanage and her flight to Canada is an emotional and suspens …

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Dear Baobab

by Cheryl Foggo, illustrated by Qin Leng
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: emigration & immigration, africa

Maiko has left his village in Africa far behind, moving to live with his aunt and uncle in North America. When he thinks of home he thinks of the large Baobab at the center of his old village. To ease his loneliness, Maiko adopts the little spruce tree in the front yard of his new home. When he learns that the spruce is in danger of being cut down, …