Picture Books

Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando

Picture book. Written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez, illustrated by Magdalena Mora, and translated by Luis Humberto Crosthwaite. 2022. 40 pages.
The story of a boy and his family who leave their beloved home to avoid being separated by the government during the Mexican Repatriation.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Labor, Latinx, Organizing

Still DreamingIn the first children’s book to describe the long-forgotten chapter of U.S. history known as Mexican Repatriation, a boy and his family leave their beloved home to avoid being separated by the government.

Faced with the prospect of being separated from each other, a young boy and his family make the difficult decision to leave their home and begin a journey filled with uncertainty. On the road, they meet other people like them. Families with deep roots tied to the land. Others that helped build the railroads. Some were shop owners and factory workers. Each with similar hopes and dreams.

Historians estimate that between 1930 and 1940, two million people living in the U.S. were forcibly removed and sent to live in Mexico. Telling this story from a child’s perspective, award-winning author Claudia Guadalupe Martínez lyrically recounts this often-overlooked period of United States history — Mexican Repatriation. Emotive illustrations by Magdalena Mora convey this poignant tale of longing for home and permanence, which reflects many of the dreams and hopes of people today. [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9780892394340 | Children’s Book Press (CA)

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