About This Project

What would it be like to start over in a far-away country? In Zakery’s Bridge, nine children share their families’ immigration journeys to Iowa. Authors Kay Fenton Smith and Carol Roh Spaulding transport readers to the countries where each story begins. Stories come to life with full-color photography from around the world.


Zakery’s Bridge is reaching out to readers of all ages and cultures. Proceeds from the book benefit cross-cultural learning through CultureALL and the Iowa International Center. With an introduction by then Governor Robert Ray, the book begins by telling the story of Zakery Delilovic, whose family fled Bosnia & Herzegovina because of the Bosnian War. Nine true stories of children around the world who immigrated to Iowa succeed the eponymous one about Zakery. 


To hear more book on Iowa Public Radio, click here.