By Laura Ennis, BK Story Voyager Librarian
By Yuyi Morales
(For readers in Preschool–3rd Grade)
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales is a true story of the author and her two-month old son’s migration to the United States from Xalapa, Mexico in 1994. Yuyi explains how all immigrants are dreamers, “we enter a new country carried by hopes and dreams, and carrying our own special gifts, to build a better future”. The discovery of the local public library helps empower mother and son to adjust to the United States, “We learned to read,/ to speak,/ to write,/ and/ to make/ our voices heard.”
Morales weaves her words with a lyrical beauty that transport the reader. She has won the Pura Belpre Medal (given to Latino/Latina writers or illustrators whose work best portrays the Latino cultural experience) for several of her works, and she is a Caldecott Honor artist for her Viva Frida. Her mixed-media illustrations are created through painting, drawing, photography, and embroidery. These capturing images tell her story as much as her words, and the help to enrich the reader’s understanding of her immigrant experiences.
Dreamers has a Spanish counterpart Sonadores; so please share this transformative story with children who speak Spanish or are learning the language! As we look towards MLK Day and the importance of having a dream, Dreamers is a timely January read!