There are scores of excellent books focusing on the immigrant experience that we’ve been adding to our collection over the last few years. The fifteen books in this list all feature characters from vastly different backgrounds coming to and residing in the United States for a variety of reasons. From real-life accounts and personal experiences to fictional stories about family ties and cultural identity, these books will show your students what it means to be an immigrant in America.

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