Their Great Gift – the Immigrant Experience

Their Great Gift – the Immigrant Experience

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Their Great Gift

Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land – There are very few words in this book…the pictures tell the story. What you see on the cover is very much like what you see inside. Each time you turn a page you see 4-6 photographs of different immigrant families.

For some of you, depending on where you live, the people in these pictures might not seem familiar. But in other places, like here in Indianapolis, this book looks like a photo album of people you see while grocery shopping or getting an oil change or walking in a park. Indianapolis is a very diverse city. People have immigrated here from all corners of the globe. This book, and the books listed below, celebrate each of these people who have journeyed so far to start a new life here in America. The books highlight the experiences, talents and hard work each of them brings – all of these things are a gift. We are lucky to have them joining our communities!

Websites, Activities & Printables:

US History in Context Logo

U.S. History in Context: Immigration is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about immigration.​


Novelist K-8 Logo

NoveList K-8: Stories about the Immigration is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read set in the time of the 13 colonies. Click on “Check the Library Catalog” to see if IndyPL has the book.

More Books about the Immigrant Experience:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

this-land-is-our-land_1This Land is Our Land – This book explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history, particularly between 1800 and 1965. The book concludes with a summary of events up to contemporary times, as immigration again becomes a hot-button issue.

national-geographic-ellis-island_1National Geographic Ellis Island – Looks at the history of Ellis Island and identifies its early roles as a Mohegan island, fisherman rest spot, famous immigration station, and today’s museum.

we-came-to-america_1We Came to America – Celebrates United States immigration and the country’s diverse immigrant heritage.

journey-to-ellis-islandJourney to Ellis Island: How My Father Came to America – An account of the ocean voyage and arrival at Ellis Island of twelve-year-old Julius Weinstein who, along with his mother and younger sister, immigrated from Russia in 1922.

ellis-island-coming-to-the-land-of-liberty_1Ellis Island Coming to the Land of Liberty – Tells the complete history of the national landmark, highlighting its most notable purpose as an immigration service station that welcomed nearly twelve million people to the United States between 1921 to 1954.

yes-we-are-latinos_1Yes! We Are Latinos – A collection of stories about young Latino’s immigrant experience in the United States. Disponible en español: ¡Si! Somos Latinos.


Out of Iraq: Refugees’ Stories in Words, Paintings & Music – Uses words and pictures to tell the stories of Iraqi families who have left their homes in Iraq and fled to Syria and Jordan where they wait for the time it will be safe for them to return home.

at-ellis-islandAt Ellis Island: a History in Many Voices – The experiences of people coming to the United States from many different lands are conveyed in the words of a contemporary young girl visiting Ellis Island and of a girl who immigrated in about 1910, as well as by quotes from early twentieth century immigrants and Ellis Island officials.

we-are-americansWe Are Americans: Voices of the Immigrant Experience – Letters, diaries, and oral histories profile the often challenging but ultimately rewarding experiences of US immigrants during the last 20,000 years.

coming-to-americaComing to America: a Muslim Family’s Story – Depicts the joys and hardships experienced by a Muslim family that immigrates to New York City from Alexandria, Egypt, in the hope of making a better life life for themselves.

my-journey-through-ellis-island_1My Journey Through Ellis Island – Traveling to live in a new country can be terrifying, especially to a child. Leaving behind family, friends, and places you know and love is something everyone can relate to. In this book, readers board a boat with an immigrant child going to the United States for the first time. The first-person narration introduces readers to Ellis Island and the many immigrants coming to America during the late 1800s and early 1900s, including their reasons for doing so. Historical images and fact boxes add context to this important social studies topic.

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