Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Their Great Gift – the Immigrant Experience

Their Great Gift – the Immigrant Experience

 

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!


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More Books about the Immigrant Experience:

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.


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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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Anything But Ordinary Addie

Anything But Ordinary Addie

Anything But Ordinary Addie

 

Adelaide Herrmann was a little girl who wanted to make a splash. She did not want to be ordinary, so she set out to do extraordinary things. And she did, but as soon as she accomplished one extraordinary thing, she was ready to push herself to the next one. Addie liked the “wow” factor and a little danger made her exploits even better! She even let herself be set on fire! Don’t worry – it was her husband who did it. He was a magician!

All of this was pretty extraordinary for a woman of her time. Addie was born in 1853. Oregon and Minnesota weren’t even states yet! And of the state that existed, very few allowed women to own land. NONE of them allowed women to vote. Adelaide was an independent thinking woman way ahead of her time. And to be even MORE extraordinary, Addie became a well known magician herself – even the great magician Harry Houdini thought she was good! Addie wanted to dazzle, and she did!

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Women Daredevils:

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Magicians:

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Magic Tricks:

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amazing-magic-tricks amazing-magic-tricks-2 abracadabra abracadabra-the-story-of-magic-through-the-ages
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Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams a Life in Nature

Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams a Life in Nature

Ansel Adams was a photographer. His pictures are some of the most recognized in the world. You have probably seen many of his pictures but didn’t know it. They are often reproduced on calendars or posters or greeting cards. His favorite subjects were mountain peaks and rushing rivers and wildlife. He is most famous for photographing National Parks, especially Yosemite, in California.

When someone is good at what they do, and Ansel was REALLY good, people often want to ask them, “How did you get started?” This book shows you exactly how Ansel got started. And you’ll like this…part of his start was having his father say he didn’t have to sit still at school anymore!

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Books:

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Ada’s Ideas: the Story of Ada Lovelace

Ada’s Ideas: the Story of Ada Lovelace

I know the girl on the back of that horse looks like she is from the old days…the hairdo, the ribbons, the long dress and all that. “The World’s First Computer Programmer” is not what you think of when you see her…but it’s the truth. Ada Lovelace was born in 1815. That is the year Napoleon fought in the Battle of Waterloo…just to give you an idea of the time we are talking….back when battles were fought on horseback. How is it possible that she could be considered the world’s first computer programmer?

You might not realize it, but the first computer was actually invented that long ago. Back than computers were mechanical, machines that counted things or made math computations or made repeating patterns possible in a machine like a loom or a player piano. Ada was friends with Mr. Charles Babbage who invented a mechanical device for math computations.

Ada had an amazing mind for math, and she used it in a time when girls typically weren’t educated much at all. Ada had to fight to do the things she wanted to do. A smart girl. A strong girl. This is her fascinating story.

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Books:

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Happy National Chocolate Day!

Happy National Chocolate Day!

October 28th is National Chocolate Day, just in time for trick-or-treating! Here are all kind of mysteries and adventures featuring chocolately deliciousness and some non-fiction books to learn where chocolate actually comes from and who has developed the best recipes for this universally loved treat.

Stories:

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase The Candy Factory Mystery This Book Is Not Good For You
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop Chocolate Fever The Chocolate Touch Max and Maddy and the Chocolate Money Mystery
Clara the Chocolate Fairy Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery Chocolate Dreams The Chocolate Rose
Theo Stilton and the Chocolate Sabotage My Chocolate Year The Chocolate Phantom The Chocolate-Covered Contest

Non-Fiction:

The Mars Family Blue Frog the Legend of Chocolate Holy Mole The Sweet Story of Hot Chocolate
From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Choc Full of Chocolate Chocolate a Sweet History A Chocolate Bar
Beans to Chocolate Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory Candy Bomber Milton Hershey More Than Chocolate
Who Was Milton Hershey Milton Hershey Milton Hershey 2 The Chocolate Chip Cookie Queen

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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