Polish American Heritage Month: A Selected Bibliography
Chicago’s Polish Downtown
By Victoria Granacki
A Guide to Chicago and Midwestern Polish Genealogy
By Jason Karski
Horn Man: The Polish-American Musician in Twentieth-Century Detroit
By Laurie A. Gomulka Palazzolo
My Name Is Million: An Illustrated History of the Poles in America
By W.S. Kuniczak
Opposite Poles: Immigrants and Ethnics in Polish Chicago, 1976-1990
By Mary Patrice Erdmans
Peasant Maids, City Women: From the European Countryside to Urban America
By Christiane Harzig
By Deborah Anders Silverman
Polish Chicago: Our History, Our Recipes
By Joseph Zurawski
Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago: Workers on the South Side, 1880-1922
By Dominic A. Pacyga
A Polish Son in the Motherland: An American Journey Home
By Leonard Kniffel
Quiet Hero: Secrets from My Father’s Past
By Rita Cosby
Some Good in the World: a Life of Purpose
By Edward Piszek
The Story of the Secret State: My Report to the World
By Jan Karski
Amber Necklace from Gdansk
By Linda Nemec Foster
The Clarinet Polka
By Keith Maillard
The Coast of Chicago
By Stuart Dybek
The Lullaby of Polish Girls
By Dagmara Dominczyk
Pears on a Willow Tree
By Leslie Pietrzyk
By Anthony Bukoski
The Spies of Warsaw
By Alan Furst
By Adam Zagajewski; translated from Polish by Clare Cavanagh
Nonfiction for Kids and Teens
A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw
By Isaac Bashevis Singer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969 (Ages 10-12)
Singer chronicles his youth in 19 stories of growing up as a Polish Jew from 1908 to 1918 in Warsaw.
In My Hands: Memoirs of a Holocaust Rescuer
By Irene Gut Opdyke
Knopf, 1999 (Ages 12-14)
Opdyke was 17 in 1939 when her native Poland was invaded. This story recounts her experiences as a young Polish girl who hid and saved Jews during the Holocaust.
Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids to Create, Build, Design, Explore and Share
By the editors of Martha Stewart Living
Potter Craft, 2013 (Ages 3-12)
Get crafty with these fun yet practical projects for kids to make with their parents, and to wear, decorate and play with.
No Pretty Pictures
By Anita Lobel
Greenwillow Books, 1998 (Ages 8-10)
Lobel recounts her childhood as a Polish Jew during World War II in this gripping memoir of Holocaust survival.
By Meg Greene
Lucent Books, 2004 (Ages 9-12)
After fleeing poverty and political and religious oppression in their homeland, Polish Americans also braved a difficult life in America. Read about what their passage was like, the jobs they found and the communities they formed.
By Scott Ingram
Facts On File, 2005 (Ages 9-12)
Learn about early immigration, the terrible conditions in Poland and the changing conditions in the United States and their effect on Polish Americans.
Twice a Hero: Polish American Heroes of the American Revolution
By Dirk Wales
Great Plains Press, 2007 (Ages 9-12)
This is the story of two young Polish men, Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Casimir Pulaski, who became heroes of the American Revolution.
Fiction for Kids and Teens
An Ellis Island Christmas
By Maxinne Rhea Leighton
Viking, 1992 (Ages 5-8)
After her father leaves Poland for America, Krysia and her family brave ocean storms to meet him at Ellis Island on Christmas Eve.
The Hundred Dresses
By Eleanor Estes
Harcourt, 2004 (Ages 6-10)
Polish immigrant Wanda Petronski is laughed at because she always wears a faded blue dress, until her classmates learn a lesson about acceptance and respect.
Keats’s Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury
By Ezra Jack Keats
Viking, 2002 (Ages 4-6)
Keats, the son of Polish Jewish immigrants, practiced art from a young age. This collection includes 10 of his books, including a biography and short essays by his colleagues.
Polish Folktales and Folklore
By Michal Malinowski
Libraries Unlimited, 2009 (Ages 12-14)
An enchanting collection of 50 traditional Polish tales, story notes, recipes, games and activities, and background information on the land and its people.
By Karen Cushman
Clarion Books, 2003 (Ages 9 - 12)
A courageous story about a 12-year-old Polish girl named Rodzina and her journey from Chicago across the United States on an orphan train in 1881.
Shadow of a Bull
By Maia Wojciechowska
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1964 (Ages 8-10)
Wojciechowska, a Polish American writer, weaves together this Newbery Medal-winning story about a boy named Manolo who is haunted by the legend of his father, a famous bullfighter, and struggles with the decision to follow in his father’s footsteps or pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.
Threads and Flames
By Esther Friesner
Viking, 2010 (Ages 10-14)
Raisa, 13, decides to leave her Polish shtetl for America to join her older sister and work at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York City.
Managed by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, a Polish government cultural institution, this website promotes Polish culture throughout the world by sharing information on the visual arts, theater, music and literature. The theater section lists popular events such as The Polish Festival of Puppet Theatres, the International Mime Art Festival and The FETA International Street Theatre Festival. The music portion lists music festivals and performances, and gives biographical information on musicians.
Compiled by the Polish Academic Information Center of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Info Poland has information on Poland and Polish-American topics. Poland on the Web links to information on sculpture, individual artists, film and poster art. This resource also lists Polish studies classes offered throughout the United States, Polish resources for teachers and a directory of scholars with Polish American interests.
Poland Access/Warsaw Voice
Poland Access offers a range of information about Poland, including economic figures, statistics, geographical data and background on the political system and political parties. News articles pubished within the past two weeks by The Warsaw Voice are available. This fascinating site lists movies currently playing in Poland, festivals and art exhibits, and new restaurants.
Polish American Association
The Polish American Association, founded in 1922 as the Polish Welfare Association, is the only human services organization in the United States that provides a comprehensive range of bilingual services to the Polish community. Some of these services include: job development, English as a second language and citizenship classes, housing resources, individual and family counseling, domestic violence assistance, translation services, homemaker programs and a food pantry. The Immigration Services Office helps with the immigration process, and the Immigrant Family Resource Program helps people get help from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Polish American Congress
The Polish American Congress, created in 1944, is a federation of more than 3,000 organizations and clubs that promote the knowledge of Polish history, language and culture, monitor legislation that effects Polish Americans, oppose bigotry aimed at Polish Americans and provide charitable relief to Poland. The website gives a detailed history of the organization and its accomplishments throughout the years. Working closely with the U.S. government, the organization exposed crimes committed against the Polish people by urging creation of the U.S. Congressional Commission to investigate the Katyn Forest Massacre. The commission, formed in 1952, found the Soviet Union guilty of the massacre. The organization has a division in Chicago.
Polish American Historical Association
Founded in 1842, the Polish American Historical Association is an organization devoted to the scholarly study of Polish American history and culture. The group publishes a biannual scholarly journal, Polish American Studies and a quarterly newsletter, and sponsors an annual conference. Association staff member James Pula published The Polish American Encyclopedia, which was included on the American Library Association’s list of the 2012 Outstanding Reference Sources. The website includes a comprehensive list of Polish American resources that cover such varied topics as polka dancing and using a Polish pronunciation guide.
Polish Genealogical Society of America
The Polish Genealogical Society of America helps people research their Polish American family history by providing books, newsletters, bulletins, printed information, genealogy classes, meetings and an annual workshop. The website gives general information on Polish genealogy research and has links to useful databases for birth, death and marriage information. The Dziennik Chicagoski Death Notice Index from 1890 to1971 gives access to this important Chicago Polish-language newspaper. The society, headquartered in Chicago, is in the same building as the Polish Museum of America and the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America.
Polish Museum of America
The Polish Museum of America offers exhibits, resources and activities related to Polish history and culture, as well as Polish American history. The library and archives have been an invaluable resource to historians, researchers and genealogists. Among the museum’s extensive collection of literature, music and art are items from the Polish Pavilion at the World’s Fair in 1939-1940, Polish posters of the 20th century and works by some individual artists. This site provides links to a variety of organizations and institutions reflecting Polish culture.