Book Verdict


by Yuyi Morales

First Release:

February 2019

ISBN: 9780823440559

In 1994, 25-year-old YUYI MORALES traveled from her home in Yelapa, Mexico, to the San Francisco Bay Area with her two-month-old son, Kelly, in order to secure permanent residency in this country. Her passage was not easy and she spoke no English whatsoever. But due in large measure to help and guidance provided by area children's librarians, she learned English as her young son learned to read, through the picture books they shared together. In spare, lyrical verse and the vibrant images for which she has become legendary, Yuyi has created a lasting testament to the journeys, both physical and metaphorical, that she and Kelly have taken together in the intervening years. 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.

Author 's note. "Books That Have Inspired Me. " Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paints, pen and ink, and scanned photos.

  • ISBN: 9780823440559
    Format: Print Book
    Edition: Hardcover edition
    Publisher: Holiday House
    Page Count: 40
    Accelerated Reader: Level: 2.2, Points: 0.5
    Lexile: Level: AD480L
    Awards & Honors: 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
    Genre: Fic
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