Dreamers

Dreamers

by Yuyi Morales

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Winner of the 2019 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award!
A New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of 2018


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.

A parallel Spanish-language edition, Soñadores, is also available.

A 2019 Boston Globe - Horn Book Honor Recipient
An Anna Dewdney Read Together Honor Book
An instant New York Times bestseller, with seven starred reviews
Named a Best Book of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, Salon.com— and many more!
A Junior Library Guild selection
A Eureka! Nonfiction Honoree
A Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon title

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823440559
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 14,802
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Born in Xalapa, Mexico, where she currently resides, Yuyi Morales lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she still maintains close relations with booksellers and librarians. Professional storyteller, dancer, choreographer, puppeteer, and artist, she has won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award for Illustration five times, for Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (2003), Los Gatos Black on Halloween (2006), Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book (2008), Niño Wrestles the World (2013), and Viva Frida (2014), also a Caldecott Honor Book.

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Dreamers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
The illustrations of this novel are incredible. I love the bright colors that contrast with the darker tones. The colors of the mother’s skirt, the unique items that adore the pages, and the creatures that make their appearance, all make you stop and stare at the pages just a little bit longer. In a new unfamiliar land, a woman and her child become immigrants. Confused and unable to communicate in this new world, the woman does the best that she can yet she makes many mistakes. Accidently, they wander inside a library and their world is suddenly opened up. The author includes her own personal story in the back of this book. Yuyi and her son Kelly migrated to the USA from Mexico in 1994. I found that after reading her story that I needed to reread her picture book again. Yuyi also includes a long list of books that she says inspired her.