I’M NEW HERE: Resources for Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Bk: I'm New Here, Diverse & Global Books, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | 2 comments

In the midst of the shocking events of the last week, including the Executive Order banning immigrants from certain Muslim countries, one hopeful sign has been the response of teachers, librarians and parents who have sought out books about the immigrant and refugee experience to share with children.

I’ve received multiple messages from educators who have read and discussed I’m New Here in classrooms. Here are some resources that can be used to expand student engagement:




I’m New Here: Creating a Conversation About Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees

(Country listed = original home country of recent immigrant characters)

The Color of Home (Somalia) by Mary Hoffman
Joseph’s Big Ride (Sudan) by Terry Farish
My Friend Jamal (Somalia) by Anna McQuinn
My Name is Sangoel (Sudan) by Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed

Four Feet, Two Sandals (Afghanistan) by Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed,
Here I Am (South Korea) by Patti Kim
A Path of Stars (Cambodia) by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Iraq, Iran & the Middle East
Azzi in Between (unnamed Middle Eastern country) by Sarah Garland
The Best Eid Ever (Pakistan; unnamed) by Asma Movin-Uddin
Mohammed’s Journey (Iraq) by Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young
Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle (Iran) by Reza Jalali

South & Central America
My Shoes and I (El Salvador) by Rene Colato Lainez
No English (Argentina) by Jacqueline Jules
Two White Rabbits (unnamed country) by Jairo Buitrago

The Refugee & Immigrant Experience
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Ice in the Jungle by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
The Journey by Francesca Sanna




  1. Wonderful resources…thank you, Anne! I’m glad there are people like you to help combat the darkness over the land right now.

    • Thanks, Teresa!