One word defined in Keywords for Children’s Literature by Philip Nel and Lissa Paul is “America”. This word is described by the shared values among US citizens, such as freedom, bravery, liberty, and democracy, and “Americanization” came to signify the degree to which immigrants altered their customs and values in accordance with the dominant view of Americanness at the time. The two pieces that I will be discussing, the book Meet Kirsten and the song This is America, have two very differing opinions of what the word “America” represents. In the American Girl book Meet Kirsten, Kirsten is a young girl who immigrates with her family to America from Sweden. Her family is moving to America to help their Uncle Olav work the land on his new farm. Kirsten’s parents believe that America will bring new opportunities into their lives, and that it will be a fresh start for the family. Overall, Kirsten and her family seem nervous, yet excited to begin their new life in America. On the contrary, the song This is America by Childish Gambino, speaks to the injustices that go on in America everyday, that people seem to ignore and turn a blind eye to. The song and music video bring up issues such as gun violence and injustices to African Americans, that have plagued the nation lately, while he repeatedly sings “This is America” as the violent acts occur. This is America has received a lot of public recognition and even won “Record of the Year” at the 2019 Grammy’s. Through Meet Kirsten and This is America, we are given two varying opinions on what the word “America” truly represents to different groups.