Islandborn

  • Title: Islandborn
  • Author: Junot Diaz
  • Illustrator: Leo Espinosa
  • Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Publication year: 2018
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“…When Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island.  As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: ‘Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you’.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I found another article from The School Library Journal’s “The Classroom Bookshelf” that includes teaching ideas such as art as expression, learning about one’s community, stories from elders.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –The illustrations from Espinosa are incredible. Every time Lola daydreams, her dreams grow bigger, brighter, and more colorful. My favorite illustration is at the end when Lola opens her sketchbook and out flows her vivid pictures.

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