Immigrants have long shaped the United States by the force of their ideas, skills and passion. Though many books for children focus on how our country impacts immigrants on arrival, in this blog series, I will focus on books that highlight the impact that immigrant Americans have had on the United States.
Founding father Alexander Hamilton was considered an outsider because he was born in the British West Indies. Yet we now consider him a true American, whose ideas guide us even today. Scientist Albert Einstein came here from Germany, and the co-founder of Google, Sergei Brin, immigrated from the Soviet Union. These outsiders created and shaped enduring businesses, organizations, art, ideas and institutions in the country they have adopted as their own.
In the first installment of the series posted here, A is for Albert, and the other posts to follow, I will highlight individual immigrants, and their contributions through the lens of books for children. My hope is that this series will shape personal perspectives, create common narratives, and increase awareness of the impact immigrants have had on our common history.
Starting with A is for Albert, B is for Blackwell, and C is for Clive, the series highlights the contributions made by immigrants to science, art, medicine, and more - to the founding of our nation, our institutions and our ways of living. This series provides a starting point for parents, educators and librarians to shape personal perspectives, create common narratives, and increase awareness of the tremendous impact that immigrants have had on our country.