Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Titles for Grades K-5

In connection with the 2016 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Title, The Book of Unknown Americans, here are titles for young readers that focus on themes of immigration and Latino Americans. 

Good-bye, Havana! Hola, New York!By Colón, Edie

When Fidel Castro's government takes over their restaurant in 1960, six-year-old Gabriella and her parents move from Cuba to New York City.

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Mama's nightingale : a story of immigration and separationBy Danticat, Edwidge, 1969-

When Saya's mother is sent to jail as an illegal immigrant, she sends her daughter a cassette tape with a song and a bedtime story, which inspires Saya to write a story of her own--one that just might bring her mother home.

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Family picturesBy Garza, Carmen Lomas

The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in a Hispanic community in Texas.

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The color of homeBy Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

Hassan, newly-arrived in the United States and feeling homesick, paints a picture at school that shows his old home in Somalia as well as the reason his family had to leave.

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Here I amBy Kim, Patti, 1970-

Tells the story in pictures of a family newly immigrated to the United States and the challenges of starting a life in a new place.

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My two blanketsBy Kobald, Irena,

A homesick little girl who has recently moved to an unfamiliar country comforts herself by clinging to an old blanket, but when she meets a new friend, the relationship helps her take her first steps into a new culture.

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My name is BilalBy Mobin-Uddin, Asma

When Bilal and his sister transfer to a school where they are the only Muslims, they must learn how to fit in while staying true to their beliefs and heritage.

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I'm new hereBy O'Brien, Anne Sibley

Three children from other countries (Somalia, Guatemala, and Korea) struggle to adjust to their new home and school in the United States.

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My diary from here to thereBy Pérez, Amada Irma

A young girl describes her feelings when her father decides to leave their home in Mexico to look for work in the United States.

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My name is YoonBy Recorvits, Helen

Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or "shining wisdom," refers to herself as "cat," "bird," and "cupcake," as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country.

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Feb/Mar 2017 New & On Order DVD/Blu-ray
A listing of DVD's and Blu-ray added to the collection in February and March 2017
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