Dreamers

  • Title: Dreamers
  • Author: Yuyi Morales
  • Illustrator: Yuyi Morales
  • Publisher: Neal Porter Books, Holiday House
  • Publication year: 2018
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“Dreamers is a celebration of making your home with the things you always carry: your resilience, your dreams, your hopes and history. It’s the story of finding your way in a new place, of navigating an unfamiliar world and finding the best parts of it. In dark times, it’s a promise that you can make better tomorrows.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –This book could be used in a variety of ways. First, this book could be used to teach (even subtly) about the immigrant experience in America. Next, this book could used an introduction to the library for young children. Additionally, this book could be used to introduce young children to Spanish words (children to whom Spanish in not their native language). Lastly, here is a book for young immigrant children to see themselves in (through Yuyi herself and also through her son). I found this article from American Indians in Children’s Literature linked from Social Justice Books by Debbie Reese to be interesting.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it–The illustrations in this book are truly an astounding feat when you read how and what Yuyi Morales used to create them.

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