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Migrant Labor: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about migrant labor?

As you can see, this list of kids books about migrant labor is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about migrant labor, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

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Tomás and the Library Lady
Written by Pat Mora & illustrated by Raúl Colón and Pat Mora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomas finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.

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Calling the Doves / El Canto de Las Palomas
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Bilingual English/Spanish. Calling the Doves is Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera's story of his migrant farmworker childhood.
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A New Year's Reunion
Written by Yu Li-Qiong & illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Maomao s dad works many miles away, but he is coming home for New Year!Little Maomao s father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below. Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. Which she does! But all too soon it is time for Papa to go away again. This poignant, vibrantly illustrated tale, which won the prestigious Feng Zikai Chinese Children s Picture Book Award in 2009, is sure to resonate with every child who misses relatives when they are away and shows how a family s love is strong enough to endure over time and distance.

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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale
Written & illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
An allegorical picture book about the hardships and struggles of immigration from award-winning picture book creator Duncan Tonatiuh
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Blue Willow
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

To Janey Larkin, the blue willow plate was the most beautiful thing in her life, a symbol of the home she could only dimly remember. Now that her father was an itinerant worker, Janey didn’t have a home she could call her own or any real friends, as her family had to keep moving, following the crops from farm to farm. Someday, Janey promised the willow plate, with its picture of a real house, her family would once again be able to set down roots in a community. <p/><i>Blue Willow </i>is an important fictional account of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, and has been called <i>The Grapes of Wrath</i> for children. It won a Newbery Honor and many other awards.

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