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Dreamers

Parents need to know that “Dreamers” is by author/illustrator Yuyi Morales, who’s won numerous awards for her books including a Caldecott Honor for “Viva Frida.” Here she tells the story of her own immigrant experience, traveling from her native Mexico to San Francisco, Calif., with her infant son. In an end note, she makes clear that the book is not about “Dreamers” as we use the word today, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, but in the sense that all immigrants are dreamers, coming to “a new country carried by hope and dreams, and carrying our own special gifts, to build a better future.” The story’s told in vibrant, poetic language and images and sprinkled with Spanish. She also pictures numerous beloved, real picture books, since Morales and her son learned English in the children’s book section of the San Francisco library.

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