Books for Refugee and Immigrant Children 0-5 Years

  1. Abeba Goes to Bed. Fitsame, Teferra , Feleke, Meron , Addis, Fikirte 8 page s . 2010. Amharic English French German This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    This children's book teaches children about Ethiopian family life and connecting to their culture and heritage during the bedtime routine.

  2. Be My Neighbor / Ser Vecinos. Ajmera, Maya , Ivanko, John D. , The Global Fund for Children 16 page s . 2004. English Spanish This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    This book celebrates the many different ways children live in a community with others.  Around the world, children live in neighborhoods—from remote villages in Canada to small towns in France to bustling cities in Japan. Neighbors may have different cultures, customs, ages, ethnicities, or beliefs, but they all share a place where they feel at home. (Description taken from source)

  3. Children's Books Online: The Rosetta Project. The Rosetta Project, Inc. page s . 2000. Arabic Chinese English Farsi French Hindi Spanish Vietnamese . http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library.htm

    A collection of nearly 2,000 children's books online. Books are available in audio form and indexed by age/interest and reading levels. Many books have been translated- click on "Books in Multiple Languages".

  4. Global Babies/Bebes del Mundo. The Global Fund for Children 16 page s . 2007. English Spanish This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    Enjoy the distinctive portraits of babies from around the world. Delight in the joy and innocence they manifest, and note the special place of hope and affection babies hold in their families and communities. Ages 1 and up.

  5. Hmong Translation Initiative. Minnesota Humanities Center page s . English . http://minnesotahumanities.org/resources/hmongbooks

    "The Hmong Translation Initiative is a multi-year family literacy project aimed at increasing literacy for Hmong children and their families. This initiative includes the translation and publication of high-quality children's literature into White Hmong and Green Hmong. In addition, it provides specialized training for Hmong educators and social service providers to conduct classes using the translated books. The Humanities Center has also developed 'Tips for Reading with Your Children' that are available in multiple languages, including White Hmong and Green Hmong." - Publisher's description

  6. Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella. Coburn Reinhart, Jewell , Lee Cherta, Tzexa 28 page s . 1996. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    This story is an adaptation of the Cinderella story from the Hmong people of Southeast Asia. This version takes place in a peasant village and illustrations show traditional Hmong culture, clothing, and traditions.  The publisher's Web site incluces a teacher's guide. Ages 5 and up.

  7. Kindergarten Day USA and China. Marx, Trish 40 page s . 2010. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    This picture/flip book narrates a day at a kindergarten in Schenectady, NY; when flipped, it details a day with Chinese children in Beijing. Although there are some differences between the two classes, the book focuses on illustrating their similarities. Ages 4 and up. (Description from source) 

  8. Let's Read in Spanish. Let's Read in Spanish page s . n.d.. English Spanish . http://letsreadinspanish.com/

    This Web site features original Spanish books for kids.

  9. Photographic Alaphabet Books. Morley, Ben page s . 2007. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    These books show countries in all of their colorful diversity. Editions include P is for Pakistan, M is for Mexico, B is for Bangladesh, T is for Turkey and more! 

  10. Somali Bilingual Initiative & Book Project. Minnesota Humanities Center page s . 2007. English . http://www.minnesotahumanities.org/resources/facts_somalibooks.pdf

    "The overall goal of the Humanities Center's Somali Bilingual Initiative is to advance family literacy opportunities that positively impact the literacy levels of Somali immigrant and refugee families. Components of the Somali Bilingual Initiative include: Trainings and events for professionals who work with Somali families...and the Somali Bilingual Book Project, including the publication of four traditional Somali folktales, never before appearing in fully illustrated children's books." - Publisher's description

  11. The Best Eid Ever. Mobin-Uddin, Asma 16 page s . 2007. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    This is the story about how a Muslim-American girl, Aneesa, who celebrates the biggest holiday of the Muslim year, Eid.  She is sad that her parents are away for the Hajj pilgrimage, but Aneesa’s grandmother attempts to brighten her spirits by preparing lamb korma and giving Aneesa beautiful clothes from Pakistan.  While at the prayer hall with her grandmother, Aneesa meets a refugee family and their young girls, who arrived to the United States with very little.  The story then accounts for how Aneesa plans to help the refugee girls celebrate the best Eid ever.

  12. The Color of Home. Hoffman, Mary 14 page s . 2002. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    This children's book is about a young Somali boy who feels out of place in a new country and school, but after painting a picture of his colorful home in Somalia and remembering both the good and bad things his family has left behind, he realizes home can be wherever your family is.  

  13. To Be a Kid. Ajmera, Maya , Ivanko, John D. 16 page s . 1999. English Spanish This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    This children's book encourages self-confidence and empowerment by shedding light on boys and girls’ activities in different parts of the world.  Ages 4 and up.

  14. When This World Was New. Figueredo, D.H. 32 page s . 1999. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    This children's book reflects the experience of Danilito and his parents as they leave their homeland in the Caribbean and come to live in the U.S. Although excited, they are nervous about life in a place where they don't speak the language or know the customs. The concerns of finding work and settling into a new school and neighborhood are uppermost in everyone's mind, but a magical, unexpected snowfall raises everyone's spirits and hopes about their new home in America. The book includes a classroom guide that is accessible online. Ages 4 and up.