I’m an American
Illustrated by Laura Freeman
Published by Penguin Random House for Young Readers / Viking
May 2, 2023
A breathtaking, eye-opening look at the patchwork of cultures that make up our nation and the many ways we define what it means to be an American.
What does it mean to be American?
A classroom of children across many races, cultures, and origins explores the concept of Americanness as they each share bits of their family history and how their past has shaped their own personal American experience. Whether as new immigrants, or those whose family came to this country generations ago, or other scenarios, these children’s stories show some of the broad range of cultures and values that form the history and identity of our nation.
A beautifully depicted, thought-provoking look at the vast expanse of cultures that exists in America, the values that bring us together as one people despite our differences, and the many ways we define what it means to be an American.
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Downloadable Activity and Event Guides
- Educator’s Guide (discussion questions and extension activities)
- Fold n’ Share Craft Activity – make an origami fortune teller
• Praise •
“Each page reveals the many ways in which […] families have shaped America—and continue to do so—as they share the values they hold dear. Freeman’s stunning illustrations drive the story home […] adding texture, depth, and color. Will inspire a closer look at America’s rich history—and the myriad experiences of Americans.” –Kirkus Reviews
“The characters and their stories reflect many lived realities and provide a dynamic sense of America’s many facets, which is echoed in Freeman’s lovely, luminous, quilt-like illustrations . . . will likely encourage discussion and further exploration of American ideals and identity.” —Booklist