Islandborn by Junot Díaz illustrated by Leo Espinosa

Islandborn by Junot Díaz illustrated by Leo Espinosa

" This book is just flat-out unimpeachably wonderful... as well-written as any of Díaz's adult books, and with some of the most whimsical illustrations you will ever see.  Lola is a little girl who hails from the Island, and as she learns when talking to her friends, family and neighborhood, "Just because you don't remember a place, doesn't mean it isn't in you." An instant picture book classic. "  - Recommended by Erika

Islandborn By Junot Díaz, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Junot Díaz, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735229860
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - March 13th, 2018

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.