FIRST GENERATION: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great

Release Date: September 4, 2018

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  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of the Year
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
  • (Cybils) Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Award Nominee, Middle-Grade Nonfiction Cybils Young Readers Award icon

Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace celebrate the genius, diversity, and grit of immigrants and refugees in this boldly illustrated guide to 36 American trailblazers. The courage, determination, and achievements of these change-makers have helped make America — their new country — a stronger place.

First Generation Sources

"BEAUTIFUL … A deeply patriotic look at how immigrants’ application of the American ideals of hard work and perseverance can have lasting effects."

-- Kirkus (starred review)

"ENGAGING ... A fascinating and robust collection. Readers will be eager to explore the various subjects and their accomplishments across all fields."

-- School Library Journal