The best children’s books about the Latino immigrant experience

Rene Colato Lainez Author Of Mamá the Alien / Mamá La Extraterrestre
By Rene Colato Lainez

The Books I Picked & Why

Dreamers

By Yuyi Morales

Dreamers

Why this book?

I like this book because it describes the journey of a mother and small child into a new country. Dreamers is a celebration of making your home with the things you always carry: your resilience, your dreams, your hopes, and history. It's the story of finding your way in a new place, of navigating an unfamiliar world and finding the best parts of it. In dark times, it's a promise that you can make better tomorrows.   


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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale

By Duncan Tonatiuh

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale

Why this book?

I like this book because is written as a fairy tale, but the story describes the real journey at the Mexican/ US border. A young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his papa’s return. Papa Rabbit left two years ago to travel far away north to find work in the great carrot and lettuce fields to earn money for his family. When Papa does not return home on the designated day, Pancho sets out to find him and heads north.


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Somos Como Las Nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

By Jorge Argueta, Alfonso Ruano

Somos Como Las Nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

Why this book?

This is a powerful book; in beautiful poems the author, Jorge Argueta, describes the journey of children and their families who are looking for better opportunities and big dreams in a new place.

Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central America. This book of poetry helps us to understand why and what it is like to be them.


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My Diary From Here to There/Mi diario de aqui hasta alla

By Amada Irma Perez, Maya Christina Gonzalez

My Diary From Here to There/Mi diario de aqui hasta alla

Why this book?

Journals are important to write our feelings, hopes, and dreams. In this wonderful book, Amada uses her journal to write about her journey from Mexico to Los Angeles. Amada records her fears, hopes, and dreams for their new life in her diary. What if she can’t learn English? How can she leave her best friend? Along the way, Amada learns that with her family's love and her belief in herself, she can weather any change.


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Just Like Home: Como en Mi Tierra

By Elizabeth I. Miller, Mira Reisberg, Teresa Mlawer

Just Like Home: Como en Mi Tierra

Why this book?

I like this book because the protagonist compares her food, traditions, and weather of her native country and her new country. In both English and Spanish, a young girl shares the story of how she and her family arrived in the United States. She describes her experiences as being "just like home" or "not like home".


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