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We Came To America

We Came To America


We Came To America

About the Book

A timely and beautiful look at America’s rich history of immigration and diversity, from the acclaimed artist Faith Ringgold.

Product Details

On sale: May 10, 2016
Age: 5-8 years
Grade: Grades K-3
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9780517709474
Reading level: Lexile: AD430L | Fountas/Pinnell: O

Author Bio

Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem in 1930. She received a degree in art education from the City College of New York and was an art teacher long before she became a professional artist. She is best known for her painted story quilts, some of which hang in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Tar Beach, Ringgold’s first book for children, won the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration and was named a Caldecott honor Book. Her other picture books include Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky, My Dream of Martin Luther King, Cassie's Word Quilt, and We Came to America.

Learn more about Faith at faithringgold.com


“As Americans wrestle with the moral and legal aspects of immigration, Ringgold offers a reminder of the country’s multifaceted lineage—and of the beauty to be discovered at cultural crossroads....A compelling, must-have narrative for a wide audience.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Using a broad brush and folk style familiar from her story quilts, Ringgold pictures families of diverse heritage… her powerful voice emphasizes unity and mutual appreciation.” –Publishers Weekly
“[A] timely look at the diverse makeup and backgrounds of the American people.”  –Booklist