Relocation and Internment
in Children's Books

BASEBALL SAVED US by Ken Mochizuki, illustrated by Dom Lee (Lee & Low, 1993). Successful both as a story within the Internment experience and as a sports story. A stand-out, must-read for anyone interested in this experience in American history. Ages 4-up.

THE BRACELET by Yoshiko Uchida, illustrated by Joanna Yardley (Philomel, 1993). Emi must leave both her home and her best friend Laurie because her family is being moved to an internment camp. Laurie gives Emi a bracelet, so that Emi can look at it and remember their friendship. When Emi loses the bracelet, she fears she'll soon forget her friend. Ages 5-up.

THE CHILDREN OF TOPAZ: THE STORY OF THE JAPANESE-AMERICAN INTERNMENT CAMP by Michael O. Tunnell and George W. Chilcoat (Holiday House, 1996). This non-fiction book was based on a diary kept by Miss Yamauchi's third-grade class at the relocation center. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. for reading in conjunction with related fiction. Ages 8-up.

FAREWELL TO MANZANAR by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston (Bantam, 1974). The true story of Wakatsuki's own experience as a child growing up at Manzanar. Vivid in its use of detail. Ages 12-up.

Flowers From Mariko FLOWERS FROM MARIKO by Rick Noguchi and Deneen Jenks, illustrated by Michelle Reiko Kumata (Lee and Low, 2001). After World War II, Mariko and her family can leave the internment camp. But what how much has been lost since they left home, and how will they ever rebuild again? A tribute to the historical tragedy and a celebration of the strength of Mariko's character and family, this picture book should be included as a companion to units about the internment. Ages 4-up.

I AM AN AMERICAN: A TRUE STORY OF JAPANESE INTERNMENT by Jerry Stanley, illustrated with photographs (Crown, 1994). At the same time personal and broad based, this non-fiction book for young adults follows the experiences of a high school senior named Shi Nomura and weaves in the history that impacted his life and that of so many others. Like THE CHILDREN OF TOPAZ, highly recommended for reading in conjunction with related fiction. Ages 14-up.

THE INVISIBLE THREAD: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Yoshiko Uchida (Beech Tree, 1995). The author describes her experiences growing up as a Nisei in Berkeley and her family's internment in Nevada. Ages 9-up.

THE MOON BRIDGE by Marcia Savin (Paper, Scholastic, 1995). A friendship between Ruthie Fox and Mitzi Fujimoto is tested by anti-Japanese-American prejudice, especially when Mitzi's family is sent to an interment camp. Ages 9-up.

So Far From The Sea

SO FAR FROM THE SEA by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Chris Soentpiet (Clarion, 1998). Laura Iwasaki and her family visit her grandfather's grave at Manzanar for the last time and revisit that experience in their family history. Soentipiet is one of my favorite young illustrators; a name to continue watching. Ages 5-up.