The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

For adults and teens

A dilapidated apartment building in Delaware is the final destination for its Spanish speaking, immigrant neighbors. The Rivera family, newly arrived from Mexico, has suffered recent tragedy that has left their daughter Alma with a traumatic brain injury , but that doesn’t keep her from being noticed by one of the young boys in the building. At turns wrenching and hopeful, Henríquez’s novel is a beautiful and compassionate coming-of-age story.

Learn more about Cristina Henríquez.

Where to find it

Book Discussions The Book of Unknown Americans

Monday, January 25, 2016
L. Woods

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Niles Public Library

Monday, February 8, 2016
Lincolnwood Community Center

Thursday, February 11, 2016
ELL Parent Center
This is a bilingual book discussion.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Morton Grove Public Library

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Morton Grove Public Library

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Skokie Public Library

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus

Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant by José Ángel N.

For adults and teens

Author José Ángel N. recounts his story of coming to the United States, learning English, obtaining a GED, obtaining higher education and securing a job, all while being undocumented. It’s a poetic memoir that gives a face and humanity to the millions of undocumented workers in the United States.

Learn more about José Ángel N.

Where to find it

Book Discussions Illegal

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Skokie Public Library



More events Uncharted Territory: Narratives on Latino Migration

Join author José Ángel N. and scholars Amalia Pallares and Joel Huerta for a panel discussion of Latino/a migration and the experience of being "undocumented".

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Skokie Public Library

Yes! We are Latinos by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

For grades 6 to 8

What makes someone Latino? Twelve narrative poems tell the stories of 12 fictionalized young Latinos, reflecting the rich diversity and individual experiences of the Latino community--from migrant farmworkers to Jewish Latinos to Spanish emigrés, etc. Each poem is followed by a piece of nonfiction that offers the reader an insight into the history, challenges and triumphs of real Latinos.

Learn more about Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Compoy.

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Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle

For ages 3 to 7

This wonderful picture book is inspired by the true story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a young Chinese-African-Cuban girl growing up in Cuba in the 1930s who dreamed of playing timbales, congas and bongos. Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers did not stop Millo from practicing, secretly and quietly, and she ultimately became a member of Cuba’s first all-girl dance band, “Anacaona.” Drum Dream Girl will inspire everyone to dream big dreams and overcome obstacles to make their dreams a reality. An author’s note offers additional background on the real percussionist behind the story.

Learn more about Margarita Engle.

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