Immigration is a hot topic in America right now. I'm especially grateful for the adventurous souls who faced a long, tiring trip across the ocean to start over again in a new culture, because my Papaw Rip Schalchlin was the son of Swiss immigrants.
Before Christmas, when we began to read about Ellis Island and the many immigrants who funneled through that port, I knew I wanted to include books about immigration then and now in our book basket. We have some friends in Tennessee and in Arkansas who have recently completed the process to become American citizens - it's hard work - and we are super excited for them.
Coming to America: The Story of Immigration by Betsy Maestro
The American Wei by Marion Hess Pomeranc
Fiona's Lace by Patricia Polacco
What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street by Elsa Okon Rael
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman
Dreaming of America: An Ellis Island Story by Eve Bunting
The Dream Jar by Bonnie Pryor
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco