Today on the Vlog, we’re reviewing #Ownvoices Story, Dreamers by Yuyi Morales. Learn more about her beautiful creation that is one of the best picture books of 2018.
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Review of #Ownvoices Story, Dreamers, video breakdown:
Yuyi Morales is a well-established picture book author/illustrator. Some of her top books include Just a Minute: a Trickster Tale and Little Night. Plus, her 2015 book, Viva Frieda, won both a Caldecott and Pura Belpre medal for illustrations.
So it’s no surprise that her latest book, Dreamers, was one of the best books of 2018. However, there’s so much that aspiring authors can learn from this book.
Dreamers, an immigration story.
Yuyi Morales took her true immigration story and experiences to make a picture book. It’s such a beautiful art piece that pulls the emotion of coming to a new country, where you don’t know the language, but find a saving grace in the library.
I loved, loved, loved the two-page spread of the imagination that came from reading. And think that this is a perfect piece to not only give hope and inspire kids who have immigrated themselves, but to give an understanding to kids who have always lived in the same place.
Editors and agents are hungry right now for books that are inspired by true and diverse stories. If you’re ever participating on a Twitter pitch fest, those books are promoted as #ownvoices. And the more options that kids can have on the shelves, the better.
The goal for all of us as children’s book authors is to provide stories for every child to pull a book off the shelf and see themselves in it. That’s what Yuyi Morales did in her book, Dreamers and what you can do in your own story.
If you’re ready to make your own journey towards published KidLit author, check out these articles around the blog to help you:
- How to plot a picture book perfectly
- All you need to know to write a children’s book
- 5 Things all successful children’s book authors possess
Ps. Pick up your own copy of Dreamers by Yuyi Morales today! It’s a beautiful picture book to add to your collection.