Oct 15, 2021 - June 30, 2022

“Books became our language.
Books became our home.
Books became our lives.”

Yuyi and Kelly have arrived in El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Unable to understand and afraid to speak, they make a lot of mistakes. But one day mother and son come to a place that will change their lives forever—the spectacular public library! Realization and inspiration come through their daily trips to the library, leading to a library card for Kelly and authorship for Yuyi. Resilient dreamers of the world, Yuyi and Kelly brought their own strengths and hopes into a new country to build a better future.

Why we chose this story: This true story of author/illustrator Yuyi Morales and her son, Kelly, emigrating from Mexico to the United States shares a real-life experience that dismantles racist views towards immigrants. The power of books to open new worlds is vibrantly present in this picture book, inspiring how the thoughts and images inside each reader’s head can become new art, new stories.

Digital Kits
The digital story kits take all the great curriculum ideas we created for our physical story kits in 2020-21 and make them more accessible. For each title, you will receive a copy of the book and a pdf with downloadable arts curriculum, including two reader’s theatre scripts and exercises in writing, acting, visual arts, and movement. These can be purchased for an individual class, a grade band, or an entire school.

For Dreamers (Soñadores), the class book is available in either English or Spanish, and the Reader’s Theatre scripts will be in Spanish, English, and a bilingual version (pronunciation support video provided.)

$50: Digital Kit for Single Classroom or Homeschool
$125: Digital Kit for Grade Band at School (e.g. all kindergarten classrooms)
$225: Digital Kit for Entire School
$10: Reader’s Theatre Scripts (per title)
FREE: Reader’s Theatre Scripts, Assorted Curriculum, and Teacher Chats
Free and reduced rates are available to all Title 1 schools.

Teacher Chat
Join Book-It’s Arts Education team for a FREE, 60-minute workshop on Dreamers (Soñadores). In the first half, we will explore sample curriculum from Dreamers (Soñadores) programming, and in the second half of our time there will be a Q&A on the content of the curriculum and how to adapt it to fit into your classroom’s needs.

Thursday, October 28

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales. Copyright © 2019 by Yuyi Morales. All rights reserved.