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Books to Read

(E) indicates a CCSS exemplar text; (EA) indicates a text from a writer with other works identified as exemplars.

Literary Texts

  • Stories
    • An Indian in Cowboy Country: Stories from an Immigrant’s Life (Pradeep Anand)
    • As Long as the Rivers Flow: The Stories of Nine Native Americans (Scholastic Biography) (Paula Gunn Allen and Patricia Clark Smith)
    • Behind the Mountains (First Person Fiction) (Edwidge Danticat)
    • Dreaming of America (Eve Bunting) 
    • Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy (Andrea Warren)
    • Esperanza Rising (Pam Munoz Ryan)
    • Journey of the Sparrows (Fran Leeper Buss)
    • “On Discovering America” from Survey Graphic Magazine (Pearl S. Buck)
    • One Eye Laughing, the Other Eye Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938 (Dear America Series) (Barry Denenberg)
    • One More River to Cross: The Stories of Twelve Black Americans (Scholastic Biography) (Jim Haskins) (EA)
    • Project Mulberry (Linda Sue Park)
    • Something About America (Maria Testa)
    • The Christmas Tapestry (Patricia Polacco)
    • Weedflower (Cynthia Kadohata)
    • When Jesse Came Across the Sea (Amy Hest and P.J. Lynch)

Informational Texts

  • A History of US: Reconstructing America 1865-1890 (Book 7) (Joy Hakim) (EA)
  • Coming To America: The Story of Immigration (Betsy Maestro and Susannah Ryan)
  • Do People Grow on Family Trees?: Genealogy for Kids and Other Beginners, The Official Ellis Island Handbook (Ira Wolfman and Michael Klein)
  • First Crossing: Stories about Teen Immigrants (Donald R. Gallo)
  • How People Immigrate (True Books) (Sarah De Capua)
  • If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island (If You[r]…Series) (Ellen Levine and Wayne Parmenter)
  • Immigrant Kids (Russell Freedman) (EA)
  • New Kids in Town: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens (Scholastic Biography) (Janet Bode)
  • Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Uncovering Your Family’s History (Maureen Alice Taylor)