This book is filled with both the sly humor of a child navigating her place in a class of very diverse children, as well as the literal images conjured by her imagination of others' memories - blanket bats, mangoe heads, sleeping dancers, sweetly hilarious!
I have three suggestions for reading this book with your kiddos -
Diaz & Espinosa
Diaz earned both the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for The Brief Life of Oscar Wao. Islandborn is his first children's picture book.
Espinosa received the Pura Belpré Award for Illustration for Islandborn! This award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
The Stories Matter
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