Focus on Japanese American Incarceration

From the Series History in Pictures (Read Woke ™ Books)

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

The US government forced Japanese Americans to live in US incarceration camps during World War II (1939–1945). Through photographs from the past and present, discover how fear and racism led to the incarceration camps, what life in the camps was like, and what happened after Japanese Americans left the camps. Then learn about US incarceration camps’ connection to modern issues and see how people are making sure this difficult time in history is never forgotten or repeated.

Read Woke™ Books are created in partnership with Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke librarian. Inspired by a belief that knowledge is power, Read Woke Books seek to amplify the voices of people of the global majority (people who are of African, Arab, Asian, and Latin American descent and identify as not white), provide information about groups that have been disenfranchised, share perspectives of people who have been underrepresented or oppressed, challenge social norms and disrupt the status quo, and encourage readers to take action in their community.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand Read Woke ™ Books
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2022-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF025130, JNF053140, JNF025210
Dewey 940.54/04
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1070
Guided Reading Level W
ATOS Reading Level 6.4
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Introductory note, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Timeline

Author: Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith is a writer and editor based in Falls Church, Virginia.


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School Library Journal

“An excellent purchase for those looking to offer previously overlooked perspectives on historical events.”—School Library Journal

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Executive Order 9102 changed the lives of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II. This title from the “Read Woke Book” series begins to take a deeper look at an event in the United States history. The text describes the actions that occurred and provides a glimpse of the harsh conditions in the internment camps where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. Photographs with captions appear throughout the book. A few questions for reflection are provided throughout the book; these inquiries provide some possible topics for class discussion. A timeline outlines pertinent events from the exclusion to the reparation. Included in the book is a page with some suggestions for students to “Take Action” and further examine injustices. Readers will find a glossary, a list of source notes, and a resource list of books and websites for further reading. A content consultant is acknowledged. The executive editor includes a letter to inform readers about the basis for this book and other titles in the “Read Woke Book” series. This book and the series as a whole provide students with opportunities to think critically and analyze history. Teachers will want to add this title and the series to their classroom studies to provide a more robust study of historical events. Reviewer Rating: 5"–Children’s Literature


“[O]ffers a summary of events as well as glimpses of Japanese Americans during their ordeal.”—Booklist