Mrs Obi asks the class to draw a picture of their first country showing what they remember. Lola cannot remember the Island. She left it when she was a baby. Everyone else in her community is ‘Islandborn’, so she seeks their memories, hoping to build her own.

There’s the mangoes, the sea, the music, the heat, the monster…. what will Lola remember? What will she create in her picture?

‘Islandborn’ is a beautiful, exhilarating, inclusive and warm story. Its pictures are joyous and welcoming. ‘Islandborn‘ pays tribute to each of our memories, experiences and feelings, demonstrating how difference and respect builds communities.  ‘Islandborn‘ is a triumph.

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by Juno Díaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa

(Rock the Boat)– hardback

Lola is ‘Islandborn‘. She feels it in her heart and knows it in her community. Yet she doesn’t remember the Island. Mrs Obi asks the class to draw pictures of their first country. What will Lola do? How will she remember?

Junot Diaz is a Pulitzer Prize winner for ‘Oscar Wao’


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