Their Great Gift

Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

With lyrical text and thought-provoking photography, Their Great Gift explores the experiences of immigrants in the twenty-first century, focusing on the lives of children. Images of families who came to the United States from many different parts of the world celebrate the diversity of our country and contain a vision of hope for the future.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2016-03-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF025250, JNF053240, JNF019030
Dewey 305.9/06912
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 610
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: John Coy

John Coy is the author of young adult novels, the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, and nonfiction and fiction picture books including Hoop Genius, Game Changer, Their Great Gift, Dads, If We Were Gone, and Where We Come From. He has received numerous awards for his work including a Marion Vannett Ridgway Award, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, and the Burr/Warzalla Award for Distinguished Achievement in Children's Literature. John lives by the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

Photographer: Wing Young Huie

Wing Young Huie photographs the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society, much of it centered on the urban cores of his home state of Minnesota. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

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  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 2017
  • NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List, Winner, 2017
  • Star Of The North Picture Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2017
  • Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text, Winner, 2016
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Winner, 2016



“[T]his collection of striking photos and evocative words brings a warm, human face to an issue too often spoken about in abstract terms. . . . A moving, affirming, and important addition to picture-book collections.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“An attractive and inspiring look at immigration to the United States, sure to spark discussions at home or in the classroom. . . . [T]his offering puts a human face on a serious issue. . . . An ideal jumping-off place for teachers and parents interested in starting a conversation about a timely topic.”—starred, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Cleareyed photography . . . joins the intimate, individual family stories to the universal immigration experience with a love for freedom and the responsibility that it requires. . . . A heartfelt reminder of a significant American ideal.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“Coy (Hoop Genius) and photographer Huie (Looking for Asian America) . . . deliver a visual smorgasbord that informs young readers—and reminds older ones—how the United States was and continues to be made.”—starred, Publishers Weekly