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“From its very first sentence, this first picture book from Diaz is both beautifully nuanced and instantly comprehensible…” –Publishers Weekly

Lola (Islandborn)

Written by Junot Diaz
Illustrated by Leo Espinosa
Published by Dial Books

Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places. So 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. Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect use to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

Primary ISBN: 9780525552819

Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 06 or older

Community Represented:

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Setting: Unspecified (South/Central America)

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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