Breaking Boundaries: Exploring Immigration in Picture Book Art

August 1, 2017 - July 28, 2018
Reading Library

Immigration has played a monumental role in the history of humankind. It has also reemerged as a prevalent political topic over the past several months. Picture books—through their diverse palette of characters, mediums, and storylines—relay the weight and relevance of this subject for audiences of all ages. They help readers understand the many facets of immigration and illustrate how the smallest acts of kindness can help someone new feel a sense of belonging. 

Picture books serve as windows onto the many circumstances in which immigrants face adversity. This exhibition explores five themes of immigration found in picture books and highlights the emotional and physical trials that many immigrants endure. The featured images instill both compassion and empowerment, inspiring readers to recognize the importance of creating an inclusive world. 

Curated by Katherine Mitchell, Trinkett Clark Intern.