Unless you’re a Native American, the families of everyone in the United States came from somewhere and in First Generation, we learn the stories of 36 first generation immigrants and their contributions to American culture. You probably have heard the music of Yo-Yo Ma, learned about Albert Einstein’s scientific discoveries and know of Madeleine Albright’s diplomatic work as the U.S. Secretary of State. In the pages of this book, you’ll meet Sergey Brin, an immigrant from the Soviet Union who founded Google, John Muir, an immigrant from Scotland who founded the Sierra Club, and Pittsburgh’s own Rose Winslow, whose family immigrated from Poland. Rose joined a women’s rights union, demanded better working conditions for women, and was instrumental in the suffragette movement.
First Generation is intended for kids, but adults will also be surprised at the impacts that these immigrants have made. Included in the book is a list of websites and books to learn more about immigrants and refugees and a selected bibliography of the works of the 36 immigrants in the book. For kids who want to do more than read about immigrants, there’s also a list of easy ways that they can reach out to those who come from different cultures.