Dreamers

By: Yuyi Morales

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.

ISBN: 9780823440559

JLG Release: Feb 2019


Topics: Yuyi Morales (1968– ) , Biography , Mexican Americans , Immigrants , Immigration and emigration , San Francisco, California , Libraries , Books and reading , Mothers and sons , Spanish language materials

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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*

Horn Book

Two pairs of eyes shine from the cover of Morales’s book—an infant’s eyes brilliant with curiosity, his mother’s gaze pensive (and cleft in two, initially, by the book’s spine). These two “migrantes” arrive on “the other side, / thirsty, in awe, / unable to go back.” Here they meet cultural challenges (customs, language) that are Two pairs of eyes shine from the cover of Morales’s book—an infant’s eyes brilliant with curiosity, his mother’s gaze pensive (and cleft in two, initially, by the book’s spine). These two “migrantes” arrive on “the other side, / thirsty, in awe, / unable to go back.” Here they meet cultural challenges (customs, language) that are resolved at the San Francisco Public Library, with its welcoming staff and “unimaginable” wealth of books. These offer paths to literacy, community, even a career: the stellar picture books Morales found there inspired her to create her own. (Nicely recognizable in the art, they’re also identified in a lengthy list of “Books That Inspired Me (and Still Do).”) Enriching the artist’s palette of turquoise and indigo, crimson, magenta, and gold, another migrant—a vibrant orange monarch butterfly—flits freely throughout. Folkloric figures, too, engage in the action, while the diaphanous garment from which the mother seems to emerge—it’s like flowers, feathers, flame—protects and propels her. Occasional Spanish words enrich the succinct, gently poetic text. Back matter includes “My Story,” setting the narrative in personal and historical context (Morales came to the U.S. in 1994); a note describes the natural and culturally significant materials used in the pen-and-ink, acrylic, and collage art. A wise book and, to praise it in its own words, “resplendent,” an eloquent vision of the “resilience” and “hope” of the “dreamers, soñadores of the world.” Concurrently published in Spanish as Soñadores. joanna rudge long

Book Details

ISBN

9780823440559

First Release

February 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.2; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD480L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Holiday House

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Topics

Yuyi Morales (1968– ), Biography, Mexican Americans, Immigrants, Immigration and emigration, San Francisco, California, Libraries, Books and reading, Mothers and sons, Spanish language materials,

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