He challenged the Supreme Court on his right to be called citizen—and won
When American-born Wong Kim Ark returns home to San Francisco after a visit to China, he’s stopped and told he cannot enter: he isn’t American. What happens next would forever change the national conversation on who is and isn’t American.
After being imprisoned on a ship for months, Wong Kim Ark takes his case to the Supreme Court and argues any person born in America is an American citizen.
I am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story is an important picture book that introduces young readers to the young man who challenged the Supreme Court for his right to be an American citizen and won, confirming birthright citizenship for all Americans.
An ALA Notable Book for Children
Winner of the Woodson Award
Author Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon as well as picture books such as A Big Bed for Little Snow and A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Massachusetts.
Illustrator Julia Kuo is a Taiwanese-American illustrator who has worked with the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Google. Julia has taught illustration courses at Columbia College Chicago and at her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis.
Hardcover | 40 pages | 22.35 x 28.83cm