In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed.
She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams…and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and six-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly’s passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.
Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.
The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included are a brief autobiographical essay about Yuyi’s own experience, a list of books that inspired her (and still do), and a description of the beautiful images, textures, and mementos she used to create this book.
Author’s note. “Books That Have Inspired Me.” Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paints, pen and ink, and scanned photos.
JLG Release: Feb 2019
Awards & Honors
2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor, Picture Book
2019 Tomás Rivera Book Award Winner, Younger Readers
2019 Pura Belpre Award Winner, Illustration
ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Contemporary People, Places, and Events
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2019
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth - 2018
CSMCL Best Books - 2018
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2018
CPL Best Books, Picture Books - 2018
Kirkus Best Books, Picture Books - 2018
NYT Best Illustrated Children's Books - 2018
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2018
School Library Journal Best Books - 2018
BCCB Blue Ribbons - 2018
Horn Book Fanfare - 2018
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Publishers Weekly*, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*
Level 2.2; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 0; Points: 0;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Yuyi Morales (1968– ), Biography, Mexican Americans, Immigrants, Immigration and emigration, San Francisco, California, Libraries, Books and reading, Mothers and sons, Spanish language materials,