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My sister Nina, was also a reviewer for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day. She is sharing her review of Diego’s New America in a guest post with us today.
Diego’s New America
I was recently gifted Diego’s New America written by Evelyn Sánchez-Toledo (no relation) to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Published by Fig Factor Media and illustrated by Karen Light, Diego’s New America is the story of one boy and his journey to make meaning of his own identity. Instructed to pick a country to represent at his school’s international fair, Diego realizes he hadn’t much thought about his own family’s heritage. Curious by nature, the assignment sends him down the path of discovery, uncovering unknown stories of connections between people and countries from across the globe. From Europe to the Caribbean to South America and the streets of Chicago, Diego understands that how he and his family do life is the manifestation of who he is and his cultural heritage. Diego shows wisdom beyond his age when he realizes that there is no reason he needs to choose just one country. Diego’s New America is the place we need her to be, for the sake of our children and for one another. If you ever felt like you were dwelling in the in between, that is Diego’s New America. If you ever felt like you had to choose, New America is you. Welcome, you are whole here!
I read the picture book in English but it is also available in Spanish. It is a wonderful addition to any family or school library and will be particularly resonant for bilingual and bicultural children up to grade three.
About the reviewer:
Nina D. Sánchez is a proud Chicago native, racial equity nerd, advocate for women and girls, voracious reader, arts enthusiast, and personal assistant to a toddler.
About Multicultural Children’s Book Day:
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
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