Heritage Books

Heritage Books

People from all kinds of places and cultural backgrounds make up America. In these books, you can learn about your own family’s heritage. (Check out the Family Tree Books and Books About the Past, too.) You probably can find these books at the library, or ask for one for your birthday.

  • American Origins series (Avalon Travel Publishing): Traces the “roots” of Chinese, English, French, Germans, Irish, Italians, Japanese and Poles in the United States
  • Annushka’s Voyage by Edith Tarbescu (Clarion Books)
  • The Peoples of North America series (Chelsea House, out of print): Books detailing the history, culture and achievements of nearly 50 ethnic groups, from The Afro-Americans to The Hungarian Americans to The West Indian Americans
  • Coming To America: The Story Of Immigration by Betsy Maestro (Scholastic Press)
  • Cultures of America series (Benchmark Books, out of print): Books on American ethnic groups, including African, Chinese, Cuban, French, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jewish, Korean, Lebanese, Mexican, Polish and Puerto Rican
  • I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories from the Ellis Island Oral History Project by Veronica Lawlor (Puffin)
  • American Family Albums series (Oxford University Press): Historical “scrapbooks” of African, Chinese, German, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Mexican and Scandinavian immigrants in America