15 Books for Kids About the Immigrant Experience in America

Kids Books on Immigration

This month is the Lafayette Community Read – our community is reading The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Enriquez. On December 7 we will host a community-wide “book group” where we welcome all to sit down together and explore what the book brings up for us.

But what does immigration mean to our children? Is it part of your own story, your family’s story, or a friend’s story? Are there stories for our children to read that might help them see “immigrants” as people, as friends we haven’t met yet?

Our friends at Brightly have assembled a great list of books to inspire us all to think deeper about our fellow Americans, their stories, and experiences. And this month we have our own display in the children’s area, of books that tell the stories of immigration and immigrants. Our lives are all richer for the different-ness new people bring to our lives – different words, names, smells, tastes, clothing, and ideas. Continue reading 15 Books for Kids About the Immigrant Experience in America

Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, by Stephen O’Connor

t-jefferson-sally-hemingsI chose to read this book after reading a synopsis of it in Book Page. I vaguely remembered hearing that Thomas Jefferson had a long standing and intimate relationship with one of the female slaves he owned and I was intrigued to learn more.

 

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It’s Not Too Late to Vote! (For your favorite children’s book character.)

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Election Day is officially over, but there’s still time to vote for favorite children’s book character at the Lafayette Library.  Voting has been extended until Monday, November 14, so come in and exercise your literary and democratic rights by selecting either Llama Llama, Pete the Cat or the Pigeon.

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