Continued Learning -- Book with Purpose: Dear America

CONTINUED LEARNING
BOOK WITH PURPOSE: DEAR AMERICA

For additional reading and learning this summer, we suggest you check out some of these resources. 

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  • Define American - nonprofit organization co-founded by Dear America author Jose Antonio Vargas

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Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino” By Héctor Tobar Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374609900
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Published: MCD - May 9th, 2023

WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE FOR NONFICTION
Named One of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2023
One of Time’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2023 | A Top Ten Book of 2023 at Chicago Public Library

A new book by the Pulitzer Prize
winning writer about the twenty-first-century Latino experience and identity.


Who Gets Believed?: When the Truth Isn't Enough By Dina Nayeri Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781646220724
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Published: Catapult - March 7th, 2023

National Book Critics Circle Finalist

"Dina Nayeri's powerful writing confronts issues that are key to the refugee experience."—Viet Thanh Nguyen


Love Across Borders: Passports, Papers, and Romance in a Divided World By Anna Lekas Miller Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781643752334
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 6th, 2023

One of The Boston Globe's Best Books of 2023 * "Powerful and unforgettable" —Qian Julie Wang, author of the New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Country

We are told that love conquers all, but what happens when you don’t have the right passport? With deep empathy, rigorous reporting, and the irresistib


The Great Escape: A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in America By Saket Soni Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781643750088
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 24th, 2023

New York Times Notable Book of 2023

Shortlisted for the 2023 Moore Prize

The astonishing story of immigrants lured to the United States from India and trapped in forced labor—an "eye-opening" "must-read" told by the visionary labor leader who engineered their escape and set them on a path to citizenship (The New York Times


The Wind Knows My Name: A Novel By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593598108
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2023

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “The lives of a Jewish boy escaping Nazi-occupied Europe and a mother and daughter fleeing twenty-first-century El Salvador intersect in this ambitious, intricate novel about war and immigration” (People), from the author of A Long Petal of the Sea and Violeta


American Ending By Mary Kay Zuravleff Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781949467994
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Published: Blair - June 6th, 2023

A woman growing up in a family of Russian immigrants in the 1910s seeks a thoroughly American life.

Yelena is the first American born to her Old Believer Russian Orthodox parents, who are building a life in a Pennsylvania Appalachian town. This town, in the first decades of the 20th century, is filled with Russian transplants and a new church with a dome.


Rivermouth: A Chronicle of Language, Faith, and Migration By Alejandra Oliva Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781662601699
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Published: Astra House - June 20th, 2023

Best Nonfiction of 2023 - Kirkus




“One of the most thoughtful meditations on our nation’s immigration policy in recent memory." 
—The Boston Globe


A chronicle of translation, storytelling, and borders as understood through the United States' “immigration crisis”


Portrait of a Thief: A Novel By Grace D. Li Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593186060
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Published: Tiny Reparations Books - April 4th, 2023

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
An Edgar Award Nominee for Best First Novel
Longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize
Named a New York Times Best Crime Novel of 2022


Freedom Project (Modern Plays) By Luke Barnes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781350294066
Published: Methuen Drama - March 10th, 2022

This is a story that is true for us, you, thousands of others across the world moving across the globe and thousands of others waiting to receive them. It is a story. It's not necessarily ours. It is not necessarily yours. But it is true.


The Rooster House: My Ukrainian Family Story, A Memoir By Victoria Belim Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781419767852
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - June 27th, 2023

A timely and deeply moving memoir of a Ukrainian family and the country’s tumultuous history.

In the Ukrainian city of Poltava stands an elegant mansion known as the Rooster House, thanks to the two voluptuous red roosters flanking the door.


The Undocumented Americans By Karla Cornejo Villavicencio Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780399592706
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Published: One World - April 6th, 2021

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.


Beautiful Country: A Memoir of an Undocumented Childhood By Qian Julie Wang Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593313008
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Published: Vintage - September 27th, 2022

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world—an incandescent debut from an astonishing new talent • A TODAY SHOW #READWITHJENNA PICK


Behold the Dreamers: A Novel By Imbolo Mbue Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525509714
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 26th, 2017

A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy


The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You By Dina Nayeri Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781646220212
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Published: Catapult - September 15th, 2020

A Finalist for the 2019 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction

"Nayeri combines her own experience with those of refugees she meets as an adult, telling their stories with tenderness and reverence.” —The New York Times Book Review


After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America By Jessica Goudeau Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525559153
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Published: Penguin Books - August 3rd, 2021

The story of two refugee families and their hope and resilience as they fight to survive and belong in America


The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America By Nikesh Shukla (Editor), Chimene Suleyman (Editor) Cover Image
By Nikesh Shukla (Editor), Chimene Suleyman (Editor)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316524230
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 4th, 2020

By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, troubling and uplifting, these "electric" essays come together to create a provocative, conversation-sparking, multivocal portrait of modern America (The Washington Post).


America Is Not the Heart: A Novel By Elaine Castillo Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735222427
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Published: Penguin Books - April 2nd, 2019

Named one of the best books of the year by NPR, Real Simple, Lit Hub, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Post, Kirkus Reviews, and The New York Public Library


Call Me American: A Memoir By Abdi Nor Iftin Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525433026
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop and watching action films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies.


The Immigrant By Mark Harelik Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780881456769
Published: Broadway Play Publishing - November 8th, 2016

Rural Central Texas, 1909. A young Russian-Jewish immigrant, newly arrived in America through the port of Galveston, pulls his banana cart into the hamlet of Hamilton. Fleeing the vicious pogroms of his homeland, he has sought refuge in the land of the free. Able to speak only Yiddish, alone in the midst of a staunchly Christian community, he begs for shelter.


Solito: A Memoir By Javier Zamora Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593498088
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Published: Hogarth - June 6th, 2023

New York Times Bestseller • Read With Jenna Book Club Pick as seen on Today • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiography • Winner of the American Library Association Alex Award


Coat (Oberon Modern Plays) By Yomi Sode Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781786825711
Published: Oberon Books - October 30th, 2018

Yomi Sode's hit show COAT tackles immigration, identity and displacement.

'I don't know my grandparents' names, how embarrassing is that? But I can name all of Kanye's albums.'

Nigeria: a grandmother passes. London: a son cooks a pot of stew for his mother, hoping to uncover hidden stories and unanswered questions.


Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam By Thien Pham Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250809728
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Published: First Second - June 20th, 2023

A moving young adult graphic memoir about a Vietnamese immigrant boy's search for belonging in America, perfect for fans of American Born Chinese and The Best We Could Do!

Thien's first memory isn't a sight or a sound. It's the sweetness of watermelon and the saltiness of fish. It's the taste of the foods he ate while adrift at sea as his family fled Vietnam.


Throwback By Maurene Goo Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781638930204
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Published: Zando Young Readers - April 11th, 2023

A Gen Z Korean American girl gets stuck in the '90s with her teenaged mother in this fresh, funny adventure full of heart, humor, and time-crossed romance. Perfect for fans of Mary H.K. Choi, Morgan Matson, and Nicola Yoon.


As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow By Zoulfa Katouh Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316351379
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2022

A love letter to Syria and its people, As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow is a speculative novel set amid the Syrian Revolution, burning with the fires of hope, love, and possibility. Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Salt to the Sea.

Salama Kassab was a pharmacy student when the cries for freedom broke out in Syria.


Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim By Patricia Park Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593563373
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 21st, 2023

A multicultural teen struggles to fit into her elite prep school, her diverse Queens neighborhood, and even her own home. A hilarious, poignant, and powerful YA novel from the award-winning author of Re Jane.

“Simply brilliant!” —David Yoon, New York Times best-selling author of FRANKLY IN LOVE


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The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel) By Trung Le Nguyen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984851598
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Published: Random House Graphic - October 13th, 2020

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews • Booklist • Publishers Weekly


The Night Eaters: She Eats the Night (The Night Eaters Book #1) By Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419758706
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 11th, 2022

The Night Eaters: She Eats the Nights is the first volume in a graphic novel horror trilogy from author Marjorie Liu and illustrator Sana Takeda—the creative team behind the New York Times bestselling series Monstress.

NAMED A BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST
NAMED A BOOK WE LOVED BY NPR

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American Street By Ibi Zoboi Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062473059
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 1st, 2018

A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews and multiple awards!


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Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062685094
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 5-10 days
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 28th, 2020

Harvey Award Nominee, Best Children or Young Adult Book 

A powerful and moving teen graphic novel memoir about immigration, belonging, and how arts can save a life—perfect for fans of American Born Chinese and Hey, Kiddo


Lobizona: A Novel (Wolves of No World #1) By Romina Garber Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250239136
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Published: Wednesday Books - August 17th, 2021

"Garber’s gorgeous novel combines the wonder of a Hogwarts-style magic school with the Twilight-esque dynamics of a hidden magical species that has strict rules about interacting with the human world." - BOOKLIST (Starred Review)

Some people ARE illegal.

Lobizonas do NOT exist.

Both of these statements are false.


All My Rage: A Novel By Sabaa Tahir Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593202364
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Published: Razorbill - March 7th, 2023

National Book Award WINNER
Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature WINNER
An INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
An INSTANT INDIE BESTSELLER!

"All My Rage is a love story, a tragedy and an infectious teenage fever dream about what home means when you feel you don’t fit in." — New York Times Book Review


Refugee By Alan Gratz Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

The award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novel from Alan Gratz tells the timely--and timeless--story of three different kids seeking refuge.

A New York Times bestseller!

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany.


Spare Parts (Young Readers' Edition): The True Story of Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and an Impossible Dream By Joshua Davis, Reyna Grande (Adapted by) Cover Image
By Joshua Davis, Reyna Grande (Adapted by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374388614
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 30th, 2023

A riveting true story about dreams, dedication, and an amazing robot named Stinky, based on Joshua Davis' New York Times bestseller and now adapted for young readers by bestselling Mexican American author Reyna Grande.


Farewell Cuba, Mi Isla By Alexandra Diaz Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534495401
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 5th, 2023

Two starred reviews!

“Perfect for fans of Margarita Engle and impactful historical fiction” (School Library Journal, starred review), this “evocative and transportive” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) middle grade novel follows two girls fleeing 1960 Cuba with their family, inspired by award-winning author Alexandra Diaz’s family’


She Persisted: Kalpana Chawla By Raakhee Mirchandani, Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator), Gillian Flint (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593620632
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Published: Philomel Books - May 2nd, 2023

Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Kalpana Chawla!


A Bit of Earth By Karuna Riazi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063098664
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 14th, 2023

“Karuna Riazi has a way with words. This story will find its way into your heart.”—Tae Keller, Newbery Medalist for When You Trap a Tiger

“As timeless as it is timely, A Bit of Earth is a rare gift.”—Laurel Snyder, author of National Book Award nominee Orphan Island


Finally Seen By Kelly Yang Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534488335
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 28th, 2023

From the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk comes a “involving, realistic” (Booklist, starred review) middle grade novel about a young girl who leaves China to live with her parents and sister, after five years apart, and learns about family, friendship, and the power of being finally seen.

My sister got to grow up with my parents.


Other Words for Home: A Newbery Honor Award Winner By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062747815
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 6th, 2021

New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book!

A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed.


Once I Was You -- Adapted for Young Readers: Finding My Voice and Passing the Mic By Maria Hinojosa Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665902809
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

“When Maria speaks, I’m ready to listen and learn.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda

Emmy Award– and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Maria Hinojosa has created a brand-new, unique version of her adult memoir, which was an NPR Best Book of 2020, for young readers, blending her story with perspectives on history in the vein of Jason Reynolds’s Stam


The Great Banned-Books Bake Sale By Aya Khalil, Anait Semirdzhyan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aya Khalil, Anait Semirdzhyan (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780884489672
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - August 1st, 2023

Kanzi, the immigrant girl of Aya Khalil and Anait Semirdzhyan’s bestselling picture book The Arabic Quilt, has come to feel welcome in her American school—that is, until an entire shelf of books about immigrant kids and kids of color suddenly disappears from the school library.


Areli Is a Dreamer: A True Story by Areli Morales, a DACA Recipient By Areli Morales, Luisa Uribe (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Areli Morales, Luisa Uribe (Illustrator)
$18.99
Unavailable in store; contact staff@bookmarksnc.org to check price and order availability
ISBN: 9781984893994
Published: Random House Studio - June 8th, 2021

In the first picture book written by a DACA Dreamer, Areli Morales tells her own powerful and vibrant immigration story.

When Areli was just a baby, her mama and papa moved from Mexico to New York with her brother, Alex, to make a better life for the family--and when she was in kindergarten, they sent for her, too.
 


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My America By Karen Katz, Karen Katz (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Karen Katz, Karen Katz (Illustrator)
$18.99
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ISBN: 9780805090123
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 1st, 2021

From author and illustrator Karen Katz, My America is a picture book celebration of immigration to the United States told through the experiences of children who have come from around the world.

Children come to live in America from many different countries, and for many different reasons . . .


De aquí como el coquí By Nomar Perez, Nomar Perez (Illustrator), Farah Perez (Translated by) Cover Image
By Nomar Perez, Nomar Perez (Illustrator), Farah Perez (Translated by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593324073
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 5-10 days
Published: Dial Books - March 16th, 2021

En esta emocionante historia, basada en las propias experiencias del autor e ilustrador, un niño se muda de Puerto Rico a los Estados Unidos en donde descubre que la ciudad de Nueva York tiene mucho más en común con la ciudad de San Juan que lo que el podia imaginar.
 


Until Someone Listens: A Story About Borders, Family, and One Girl's Mission By Estela Juarez, Lissette Norman, Teresa Martínez (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250832122
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 13th, 2022

When Estela Juarez's mom is deported to Mexico, Estela knows she has to speak up for her family. Told in Estela's own words, Until Someone Listens is a true story about a young girl finding her voice and using it to make change.

Estela’s family lives together in a happy home full of love. Or, at least, they used to… until their home was torn apart.


Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation By Edwidge Danticat, Leslie Staub (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Edwidge Danticat, Leslie Staub (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525428091
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 5-10 days
Published: Dial Books - September 1st, 2015

A touching tale of parent-child separation and immigration, from a National Book Award finalist


Migrants By Issa Watanabe, Issa Watanabe (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Issa Watanabe, Issa Watanabe (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781776573134
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 5-10 days
Published: Lerner Publishing Group - October 6th, 2020

A heartstoppingly beautiful wordless picture book about migration and empathy.

The migrants must leave the forest. Borders are crossed, sacrifices made, loved ones are lost. It takes such courage to reach the end. At last the journey is over and the migrants arrive. This is the new place.


The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story By Thao Lam Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771473637
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 5-10 days
Published: Owlkids - September 15th, 2020

Named a best picture book of 2020 by Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, CBC, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books -- a heartfelt and personal immigration story by critically acclaimed author Thao Lam


Tani's New Home: A Refugee Finds Hope and Kindness in America By Tanitoluwa Adewumi, Courtney Dawson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781400218288
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 5-10 days
Published: Tommy Nelson - November 24th, 2020

Tani Adewumi's moving true story of immigrating to America, developing his talent for chess, and finding a new home will inspire families looking for stories of hope and kindness.

* 2021 ECPA Top Shelf Book Cover Award winner


The Journey By Francesca Sanna Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781909263994
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 5-10 days
Published: Flying Eye Books - September 13th, 2016

". . . a wonderful teaching tool for those who are welcoming refugees into their community."—The New York Times


Where Are You From? By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062839930
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 5-10 days
Published: HarperCollins - June 4th, 2019

This resonant and award-winning picture book tells the story of one girl who constantly gets asked a simple question that doesn’t have a simple answer. A great conversation starter in the home or classroom—a book to share, in the spirit of I Am Enough by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo.


What Is a Refugee? By Elise Gravel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593120057
Availability: For availability, email staff@bookmarksnc.org
Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 24th, 2019

An accessible picture book that oh-so-simply and graphically introduces the term "refugee" to curious young children to help them better understand the world in which they live.