Children’s Books About the Immigration Experience

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Inspired by Duncan Tonatiuh’s TED Talk (that we shared yesterday), we decided that now would be a great time to share some of our favorite children’s books that put the immigration experience into a form that kids can truly understand. The titles below focus on children and families and the hardships and adventure that come with moving to a new country, a new culture, and a new language. But these books are not just for children born and raised here in the United States. They are also to give immigrant children a chance to see their stories in print and know that there are many other children who have experienced a similar situation.

If you are looking for great children’s literature on immigration, consider the following titles. All the links are to our affiliate Amazon stores.

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote
by Duncan Tonatiuh

My Shoes and I
by René Colato Laínez

My Diary from Here to There
by Amada Irma Pérez

A Movie in My Pillow
by Jorge Argueta

Dancing Home
by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta

Under the Mesquite
by Guadalupe García McCall

Video of the Week: Life on the other side / La vida en el otro lado: Duncan Tonatiuh at TEDxSanMigueldeAllende

This week’s video features author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh’s TED talk in San Miguel de Allende. You’ll find out why he began writing children’s books and how his illustrations are

inspired by Ancient Mexican art, particularly that of the Mixtec codex. He also discusses why he has chosen the themes of migration and comparing/contrasting the lives of Mexican and American children for his children’s books. It’s a great listen and we encourage you to take the time to watch the video.