As part of my Commitment to Literacy: Picture Book It challenge, I wanted to spotlight one book that I’m completely in love with. Throughout the month, I’ll do multiple posts based on the book. I hope you will end up picking up the book and joining in on the conversation.
All posts pertaining to January and February’s Picture Book of the Month picks have been archived over at Picture Book It.
March’s Picture Book of the Month is…
From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination.
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 us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.
A book for everyone to help them remember or discover where they’re from.
When her class is assigned a project to draw a scene from their “first country,” Lola is worried because she doesn’t know anything about the Island she’s from. Her cousin gives her the wonderful idea to ask their family, friends, and people in their neighborhood to tell Lola their memories. Soon she starts envisioning vibrant and happy scenes. Until she hears about the Monster that threatened their island…
This is a beautiful story of family and community, of culture and history, of coming together to celebrate good times and standing together during the bad times.
I’d love to hear where you’ll be getting your copy of Islandborn from when it comes out Tuesday, March 13th. What’s your favorite independent bookstore and library you go to?
And, if you’ve read it, please share your thoughts!
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