In honor of the March
In honor of the March release of the celebrated author’s first book for children, we will read from Islandborn, the much anticipated new book from Junot Diaz!
The recipient of numerous awards, Diaz is likely best known for The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, for which he won a Pulitzer. This book is the fruit of a promise made many years ago to his goddaughters who wanted a book about Domenican kids like themselves in the Bronx, although Diaz sees it as a hero story for all immigrant children.
The book is illustrated by Leo Espinosa, originally from Columbia and whose inspirations are many – those most familiar to American audiences include the artist Ben Shahn, legendary children’s illustrators Martin and Alice Provensen, and the cartoons of The Pink Panther.
Afterwards, the children will make a drawing of their own to take home!
Lanie DeLay has worked at Dallas Contemporary, the Dallas Public Library, Hamon Arts Library at SMU, at area preschools and the School For The Blind in Austin. She has written for Glasstire and Art&Seek, and she tutors children in early reading skills at Dealey Montessori. When she isn’t looking at art or reading with kids, she’s reading about art or looking for a new read.
It’ll be a 45 minute read followed by a short discussion with the kids–that’s going to be interesting, we can’t wait to see what they come up with.
All ages are welcome.
On Saturday morning bring your kids and infuse them with a love for reading.
(Saturday) 10:30 am - 11:15 am
The Wild Detectives
314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas