Brand-New to America and Learning, One Book at a Time

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Students who have recently immigrated to America face many challenges: They are often English-language learners, are adjusting to a new culture, and may not have been able to bring books or other personal belongings with them in the move to their new home. By understanding and being sensitive to these factors, teachers can help support students who are new to America to become thriving readers. This article by teacher and author Ruth Freeman includes book suggestions for English-language learners who are new to America at a variety of reading levels, focusing both on building reading skills and telling stories these students will be able to relate to and see themselves in.