From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination.
So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited.
She can't remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby.
But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island.
As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: "Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you."
Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination's boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.
A 2019 Pura Belpré Honor Book for Illustration
Little Kozzi's Note: Lola is probably a little like many of us, either born or immigrated to Canada at a very young age. We find ourselves split between eastern and western cultures, and—if you're reading this right now—are trying hard to reconnect with our rich Chinese roots.