Books of the month!

I WISH YOU KNEW & OJALA SUPIERAS (Spanish Edition) by Jackie Azúa Kramer; illustrated by Magdalena Mora: This sweet text highlights socially and politically relevant family issues surrounding immigration and deportation, drawing the connection to eternal themes of childhood uncertainty.

This is a picture book that is wonderful for young children. It’s a delightful story and I love the illustrations!

BIG APPLE DIARIES by Alyssa Bermudez: A heartfelt diary-style graphic memoir by Alyssa Bermudez, a young, half Puerto Rican New Yorker doodles her way through middle school—until the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack leaves her wondering if she can ever be a kid again.

I recommend this one for Middle school grades and I feel that kids will be able to relate to this story.

CUBA IN MY POCKET by Adrianna Cuevas: By the author of 2021 Pura Belpré Honor Book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a sweeping, emotional middle-grade historical novel about a twelve-year-old boy who leaves his family in Cuba to immigrate to the U.S. by himself, based on the author’s family history.

This is another one that I recommend for middle school-age kids!

THE MIRROR SEASON by Anna-Marie McLemore: When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family’s possibly magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown. This is one that I recommend for older teenagers and young adults.

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Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books. Cover images were also provided.

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