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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.

A 2019 Pura Belpré Honor Book for Illustration
 
Every kid in Lola''s school was from somewhere else.
Hers was a school of faraway places.
 
So when Lola''s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. 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.

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3—When Ms. Obi asks her students to draw a picture of the country they are originally from, the children are excited. All except for Lola, "What if you left before you could start remembering?" As Lola talks to some of her neighbors from the Island to draw from their memories, she learns of bats as big as blankets; a love of music and dancing; coconut water and sweet mangoes. And an island where "Even the people are like a rainbow—every shade ever made." With a place so beautiful, Lola wonders, why did people leave? Reluctantly, Mr. Mir, the building superintendent, tells her of a Monster that fell upon their Island and did as he pleased for 30 years. Though never mentioned by name, the country in question is the Dominican Republic. The Monster refers to the dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. Lola learns from her assignment that "Just because you don''t remember a place doesn''t mean it''s not in you." Espinosa''s gloriously vibrant mixed-media illustrations portray a thriving community living under the shadow of the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan. As Lola learns more about her Island, the illustrations cleverly incorporate a plethora of tropical plants and color, bringing to life both Lola''s neighborhood and La Isla. Lola, a Spanish language edition, is ably translated by Mlawer and publishes simultaneously. VERDICT A sensitive and beautiful story of culture, identity, and belonging—a superb picture book outing for Díaz and one to be shared broadly in a variety of settings.—Lucia Acosta, Children''s Literature Specialist, Princeton, NJ

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★ "With his tenacious, curious heroine and a voice that’s chatty, passionate, wise, and loving, Díaz entices readers to think about a fundamental human question: what does it mean to belong?"– Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “A sensitive and beautiful story of culture, identity, and belonging—a superb picture book outing for Díaz and one to be shared broadly in a variety of settings.” – School Library Journal, starred review


★ “This important title will be enjoyed by young children and may spark many significant discussions.” – Booklist, starred review

About the Author

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Leo Espinosa is an award-winning illustrator and designer from Bogotá, Colombia, whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, Wired, Esquire, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and more. Leo''s illustrations have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Pictoplasma, 3x3, and the Society of Illustrators. Leo lives with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Janet Autherine
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Islandborn shares the beauty, diversity & complexity of island life
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2018
"Just because you don''t remember a place doesn''t mean it is not in you." As a mother of 3 boys, I love finding books for my sons with rich characters and a strong storyline that are relatable to our history. I am from Jamaica and moved to the United... See more
"Just because you don''t remember a place doesn''t mean it is not in you."

As a mother of 3 boys, I love finding books for my sons with rich characters and a strong storyline that are relatable to our history. I am from Jamaica and moved to the United States at age 12. My boys were born here but surrounded by island culture. Islandborn by Junot Diaz is the kind of literary treasure that we love to discover.

Islandborn is about Lola''s quest to understand her roots. She was born in the Dominican Republic but moved to the United States when she was a baby. She is part of a close-knit family that values their history so she grew up listening to the music, enjoying the great food and hearing some stories but she has no memory of her own experience there and doesn''t fully understand why her relatives relocated. Islandborn is her story of discovery. The story builds from curiosity to discovery and takes the reader along for a delightful ride. It is a book that will capture the imagination of kids of all ages.

As an islander, I was thrilled to see that the complexity of island life (both the beauty and the struggle) was honored by Mr. Diaz. Although each island is diverse in its culture, there are a few things that we often share - our love for music and dancing, coconuts, mangoes, struggle, love of learning and the joy of community.

“Even the most beautiful places can attract a monster.”

Mr. Diaz accomplished a small miracle when it comes to writing for children - he was able to discuss an incredibly challenging time in the history of the Dominican Republic in language that is appropriate for young children. Readers understand the story of the "monster" that caused Lola''s older relatives to leave home without the need for a graphic telling of the story. Older children will be curious and will likely do additional research on the challenges that Lola''s relatives faced.

The illustration by Leo Espinosa is captivating! Although Junot Diaz''s story is brilliant, I found myself eagerly awaiting the art on the next page of the book. It creates a huge, welcoming window to Lola''s life and her Dominican culture.

Islandborn feels precious. It is the kind of book that you want to read without damaging the pages because you want to pass it to every child and save it for the next generation. It is a book that deserves many awards and I look forward to following it''s journey.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2020
Zoe & I read books together every day after school. She brings many home from school but we also order 2 books each month from Amazon to tease her reading level since she is dyslexic. I saw this book on her teacher''s shelve the first day of school and so we ordered it right... See more
Zoe & I read books together every day after school. She brings many home from school but we also order 2 books each month from Amazon to tease her reading level since she is dyslexic. I saw this book on her teacher''s shelve the first day of school and so we ordered it right away. But Zoe waited to read it until she felt comfortable enough to try the words herself. Our only negatives in the book are the size of the text font and the color of the lettering itself make it difficult at times for those of us who have reading differences to pick up and just read the text. I am an adult with dyslexia and I struggled with the tiny white font. We love the bring illustrations on each page. While no where in the book does our author actually tell us what island is referred to in the book, we had fun guessing and then actually learning the nationality of the author. It is wonderful to find books that showcase people that look like my granddaughter and I am looking for more from author Junot Diaz and other Latinx authors.
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stewygirl
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Such a wonderful book! It’s long for a 2018 picture book
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2018
Such a wonderful book! It’s long for a 2018 picture book, but I loved it! The story follows a class as they come up with what is essentially an ancestor/immigration project (my kids have done this project in school too). One little one doesn’t have any memories... See more
Such a wonderful book!

It’s long for a 2018 picture book, but I loved it! The story follows a class as they come up with what is essentially an ancestor/immigration project (my kids have done this project in school too). One little one doesn’t have any memories of where she lived before coming to her school, from when she lived on the island.

This vibrant story of remembering and identity is wonderful. And the illustrations are so bold and colorful and beautiful. I like how the author had the character find herself and how the island was illustrated in her final project.
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LeddyTop Contributor: Makeup
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It brought tears to my eyes
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2018
I was very excited when I learned that Junot Diaz was writing a children’s book. As a Dominican and a woman of color, I grew up with little to no representation in media. Seeing this book, actually holding it in my hands, looking at Lola, her neighborhood, the people... See more
I was very excited when I learned that Junot Diaz was writing a children’s book. As a Dominican and a woman of color, I grew up with little to no representation in media.
Seeing this book, actually holding it in my hands, looking at Lola, her neighborhood, the people in her community, it made me tear up.

I held in my hand what I didn’t even realize I was missing from my childhood. How I would’ve loved to have discovered Lola’s story when I was her age, but I’m just happy that my kids, my nieces & nephews, will all experience the joy of seeing themselves represented in a story like this.

Diaz did an incredible job with the story. The way Trujillo was worked in was artistically perfect. If you would’ve asked me if I could work a sadistic dictator into a kid’s picture book story, I would’ve laughed because, no.

I hope this book is just the first of many to come. It’s the perfect way to get kids asking questions about the history of other countries.
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Book Case
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A Much-Needed Classic
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2018
I bought this book because I had seen the author, Junot Diaz, interviewed by Christianne Amanpour on her program on PBS. In the interview, Diaz talked about the Dominican Republic and his family''s history there. I was touched by his account of what the island''s... See more
I bought this book because I had seen the author, Junot Diaz, interviewed by Christianne Amanpour on her program on PBS. In the interview, Diaz talked about the Dominican Republic and his family''s history there. I was touched by his account of what the island''s inhabitants had gone through during the 30 years of Trujillo''s autocratic rule (1930-1962). Islandborn is about a young girl who learns about her origins in the DR by talking to her older relatives and friends about their memories of the island. Then she makes an amazing book about what she has learned and submits it as a class project. What a great idea for any young person whose family has come here from another country. But the thing I really admired was the way Diaz handled the Trujillo years. He talked about the beauty and happiness of life on the island until they were visited by a monster (not named but we know who he''s talking about). Then he says that very brave women and men (in that order) eventually stood up to the monster and it went away. Its never too early to learn that lesson. Especially now. Incidentally, Diaz recently wrote an amazing essay for 4/16/18 issue of The New Yorker (The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma) about his own experience as a child with sexual abuse. I couldn''t recommend it highly enough. It is a heart-wrenching read that must have taken enormous courage to write so many years later. It is obvious he knows all about facing down monsters. You will not soon forget Islandborn - or his New Yorker article.
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AvidReader
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Nice children’s book. Appreciate the theme/setting. Lovely illustrations.
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2020
I’m a big fan of the author’s, and have been reading his work since Drown debuted many years ago. I purchased this book because being from a Caribbean background, it’s so rare to find children’s books that touch upon that experience. The story resonates on several levels,... See more
I’m a big fan of the author’s, and have been reading his work since Drown debuted many years ago. I purchased this book because being from a Caribbean background, it’s so rare to find children’s books that touch upon that experience. The story resonates on several levels, and the illustrations are bright, beautiful and colorful. Whether the monster part (Trujillo references) will make sense to a small child remains to be seen, as mine is still too young for this book.

I won’t summarize the plot, as there are reviews which do that already. I love, love, love the fact that the main character is Afro-Latina, and that you can also see the diversity of shades and features in her family.

One thing that gave me pause is a reference to a relative consulting with a psychic. Now, each to his/her own, but that’s not something I (or my family) believe in, or care to introduce/discuss with a baby/toddler, so it does take away from the book a tiny bit. All in all, however, I’d recommend.
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Judith
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Two thumbs up from my 4-year old daughter and 7-year old Goddaughter!
Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2018
My favorite author of all time writes a book I can read to my 4-year old daughter and my 7-year old Goddaughter and we all loved it! The story is sweet and the illustrations captivated my daughter and goddaughter, both who are 2nd generation Dominicans born in the US, but... See more
My favorite author of all time writes a book I can read to my 4-year old daughter and my 7-year old Goddaughter and we all loved it! The story is sweet and the illustrations captivated my daughter and goddaughter, both who are 2nd generation Dominicans born in the US, but who have been to the Island. They were excited to see a book with agua de coco, mangoes, palm trees, and beaches.
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Hope
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Best Book Ever
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2018
Junot Diaz''s book “Islandborn" is, in my humble opinion, one of the best children''s books ever! Beautifully illustrated by Leo Espinosa, “Islandborn” is a very musical and colorful book with a wonderful message. It makes you think about many things, including belonging... See more
Junot Diaz''s book “Islandborn" is, in my humble opinion, one of the best children''s books ever! Beautifully illustrated by Leo Espinosa, “Islandborn” is a very musical and colorful book with a wonderful message. It makes you think about many things, including belonging and the uniqueness of cultural contributions and heritage. Although it''s a children book, "Islandborn" has something to teach and delight everyone. Highly recommended!
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Nick
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This is a great book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 28, 2021
My daughter loves this book
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Mr Gary Hudson
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Islandborn.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 10, 2019
Wonderful pictures and text. Great book to share and talk about with a young child.
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HJ
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Worth buying! We need more Black female characters!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2020
Great book, Junot Diaz strikes again! Lola is an adorable and smart little girl. Junot did a great job here!
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Momo Ro
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Representation is important & this book does it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 2, 2019
Colourful imagery & easy to read/understand context. Lots of discussion points through pictures.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 30, 2018
The children in my class loved this.
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