Coming to America Stories
A Day's Work by Eve Bunting 1997: Houghton Miflin. An immigration story about a Mexican boy, his grandfather, and the values they teach each other.
Many Days to America? by Eve Bunting
1988: Clarion Books. Paralleling the original Thanksgiving story, a refugee
family copes with danger during their Caribbean voyage to reach the United
Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories from the Ellis Island Oral History
Project illustrated by Veronica Lawlor with the Ellis Island
Oral History Project 1997: Scotts Foresman. Fifteen excerpted passages
describe "the melting pot view of immigration."
on Golden Mountain by Elizabeth Partridge 2001: Dutton Books. A young
Chinese fisherman comes to California in 1850 and finds a new life that
is both rewarding and lonely.
with Milk by Allen Say 1999: Houghton
Mifflin Company. A Japanese girl grows up in San Francisco and returns
with her parents to their native Japan where she experiences cultural
Colors of Freedom: Immigrant Stories by Janet Bode 2000: Franklin
Watts. Although this anthology of immigrant voices is for Grade 7-12,
the student writings, interviews, poems and artwork are powerful descriptions
of how contemporary young people deal with coming to America. Good for
read aloud & sharing.
The Memory Coat by Elvira Woodruff 1999: Scholastic Press. A turn of the century story about a Russian Jewish family coming to Ellis Island.