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!
- Scholastic: Meet Young Immigrants 
- PBS Kids: Immigration 
- Kids Discover: Immigration 
- The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island 
- Scholastic: Interactive Tour of Ellis Island 
- National Parks Service: Ellis Island 
- Library of Congress: Selected Images of Ellis Island 
- New York Public Library: Ellis Island Photographs 
- The Washington Post: What America’s Immigrants Looked Like When They Arrived on Ellis Island 
- Mashable: Ellis Island Immigrants in Color 
More Books about the Immigrant Experience:
This 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  – 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  – Celebrates United States immigration and the country’s diverse immigrant heritage.
Journey 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  – 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.
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 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 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 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  – 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.