Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz is coming to PS 133 on March 14, 2018, to read and share his new picture book Islandborn with our first and second graders.
Reading copies of Islandborn will be provided to every PS 133 classroom (PK-5th grade) and the PTA will donate copies to the PS 133 library so all students have an opportunity to check out the book.
If you’d like to buy Islandborn for your home library or as gifts, you may pre-order autographed copies in English and Spanish through the PTA. Your purchase supports this special Readathon event for our young readers. You may place an order below via Paypal, or by filling out the form, and returning it to your child’s teacher along with payment no later than February 15, 2018.
Books will be delivered to your child in class after the presentation.
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. “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 by Leo Espinosa 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.
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.