Mamá the Alien/Mamá la Extraterrestre
By René Colato Laínez
Mamá the Alien is a cute, bilingual picture book that introduces issues related to immigration, documentation, and citizenship in a warm, lighthearted way for kids as young as preschool.
Recommended for ages 4 and older
(Children's Book Press, 2016)
Powerful stories of the immigrant and refugee experience can help kids understand what people go through when they move to a new country and start new lives. These novels and memoirs for kids 10 and under can help build empathy and sensitivity among readers, and kids from immigrant families can see reflections of their own struggles and triumphs. For more books about the immigrant experience that kids of all ages can enjoy and identify with — from Yo Soy Muslim about a father’s advice to his daughter regarding her mixed Mexican and Muslim heritage to classics like The Joy Luck Club for older kids — check out the entire list at Common Sense Media.