Irving Berlin

The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Irving Berlin came to the United States as a refugee from Tsarist Russia, escaping a pogrom that destroyed his village. Growing up on the streets of the lower East Side, the rhythms of jazz and blues inspired his own song-writing career. Starting with his first big hit, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Berlin created the soundtrack for American life with his catchy tunes and irresistible lyrics. With “God Bless America,” he sang his thanks to the country which had given him a home and a chance to express his creative vision.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$17.99 $13.49
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Copyright 2018
Publisher Creston Books
Imprint Creston Books
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2018-05-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF036050, JNF025210, JNF007040
Dewey 782.42164092
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 11 x 9
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Winner, 2019
  • North Texas Book Festival Book Award, Winner, 2018


School Library Journal

“To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the song ‘God Bless America’. . . .Churnin emphasizes the beginnings of Berlin’s career . . .”—School Library Journal

Illustrator: James Rey Sanchez

Author: Nancy Churnin

Nancy Churnin is the author of Martin & Anne and Sydney Taylor Notable Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing. She is a full-time writer located in Texas.