Amplifying Voices and Visions: Border and Immigrant Perspective in Children's Literature

This event is free and available via YouTube.

Get Lit! will welcome Alda P. Dobbs, Daniel Aleman, Payal Doshi, Margarita Longoria, and Maria E. Andreu for a virtual reading and conversation on border and immigrant perspectives in writing for children. These authors will all share stories aimed to expand and enrich young readers' views of the world and of themselves while creating empathy and showing how similar we all are in spite of our origins, our histories, and our cultural backgrounds. They will also share ideas for incorporating these books into lessons on teaching immigration, life near the U.S.-Mexico border, and cultures outside the U.S.

Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna By Alda P. Dobbs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728234656
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

  • 2022 Pura Belpré Honor Book
  • NYPL Best Book of 2021
  • Texas Bluebonnet Master List Selection
  • NPR Best Book of 2021

Based on a true story, the tale of one girl's perilous journey to cross the U.S. border and lead her family to safety during the Mexican Revolution.

Living Beyond Borders: Growing up Mexican in America By Margarita Longoria Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593204979
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 17th, 2021

*"This superb anthology of short stories, comics, and poems is fresh, funny, and full of authentic YA voices revealing what it means to be Mexican American . . . Not to be missed."--SLC, starred review
*"Superlative . . . A memorable collection." --Booklist, starred review

Rea and the Blood of the Nectar By Payal Doshi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645437635
Availability: Backordered
Published: Mango & Marigold Press - June 15th, 2021

Indivisible By Daniel Aleman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780759556058
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2021

This timely, moving debut novel follows a teen's efforts to keep his family together as his parents face deportation.

Mateo Garcia and his younger sister, Sophie, have been taught to fear one word for as long as they can remember: deportation. Over the past few years, however, the fear that their undocumented immigrant parents could be sent back to Mexico started to fade.

Love in English By Maria E. Andreu Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062996510
Availability: Backordered
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2021

A fresh, joyful YA novel that is layered with themes of immigration, cultural identity, and finding your voice in any language. 

Sixteen-year-old Ana is a poet and a lover of language. Except that since she moved to New Jersey from Argentina, she can barely find the words to express how she feels.