Indies Unite! Yuyi Morales and Areli Morales-Bright Star and Areli Is a Dreamer: A True Story

Upcoming Event
Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 4:00pm

Join Indies UNITE! for this first event in the Hear Our Voices, Share Our Stories fall 2021 series dedicated to children’s books fostering productive conversations on U.S. immigration.

The event is hosted by Indies UNITE!, a group of independent bookstores working together to put on a series of hard hitting virtual events that challenge the status quo, question our current standards, and leave no curiosity left unexplored.

Told with a combination of powerful, spare language and sumptuous and complex imagery that is typical of Yuyi Morales's work, Bright Star is the story of a fawn making her way through a border landscape teeming with flora and fauna native to the region. A gentle but empowering voice encourages her to face her fears when she comes across an obstacle in the form of an insurmountable barrier. Yuyi Morales' first book since her New York Times bestseller Dreamers is a book for very young children looking for their place in a world full of uncertainty. It is a book with resonance for all children, especially those whose safety is threatened due to the immigration crisis in the US.

Yuyi will be in conversation with debut author Areli Morales. A DACA Dreamer, Areli tells her own powerful and vibrant immigration story.

When Areli was just a baby, her mama and papa moved from Mexico to New York with her brother, Alex, to make a better life for the family - and when she was in kindergarten, they sent for her, too. Everything in New York was different. Gone were the Saturdays at Abuela's house, filled with cousins and sunshine. Instead, things were busy and fast and noisy. Areli's limited English came out wrong, and schoolmates accused her of being illegal. But with time, America became her home. And she saw it as a land of opportunity, where millions of immigrants who came before her paved their own paths. She knew she would, too. Areli Is a Dreamer is a moving story--one that resonates with millions of immigrants who make up the fabric of our country--about one girl living in two worlds, a girl whose DACA application was eventually approved and who is now living her American dream.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration policy that has provided relief to thousands of undocumented children, referred to as "Dreamers," who came to the United States as children and call this country home.

A purchase of either book is required to attend this event.

Born in Xalapa, Mexico, where she currently resides, Yuyi Morales lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she still maintains close relations with booksellers and librarians. Professional storyteller, dancer, choreographer, puppeteer, and artist, she has won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award for Illustration five times, for Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (2003), Los Gatos Black on Halloween (2006), Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book (2008), Niño Wrestles the World (2013), and Viva Frida (2014), also a Caldecott Honor Book.

Areli Morales Romero was born in Puebla, Mexico, but was raised in New York City. She is a DACA recipient, and Areli Is a Dreamer is her debut children's book. A graduate of CUNY-Brooklyn College with a bachelor's degree in childhood bilingual education, she currently works as a substitute teacher. One day, Areli hopes to have her own classroom, where she can teach children to value the power of storytelling and empower them to share their own stories. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

Moderator Heidi Yoon is the Community Outreach Coordinator at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC.

Other events in the Fall series:

Saturday, October 16, 4 pm ET. Hear My Voice/Eschucha Mi Voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States - with Warren Binford, Project Amplify and Michael Garcia Bochenek, Human Rights Watch. Curriculum Discussion with Q & A. Educators, Parents & All Interested Adults Encouraged. Ticket with purchase of Hear My Voice: Portion of sales benefits Project Amplify. Save the date. Link to come.

Tuesday, November 9, 1 pm ET. Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna - Alda P. Dobbs. Middle-Grade Author Talk with Q & A. Save the Date. More details and link to come. Schools & Students Encouraged.

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Bright Star Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443284
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Neal Porter Books - September 7th, 2021

Lucero Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823447848
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 7th, 2021

Areli Is a Dreamer: A True Story by Areli Morales, a DACA Recipient Cover Image
By Areli Morales, Luisa Uribe (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984893994
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Published: Random House Studio - June 8th, 2021

Areli Es Una Dreamer (Areli Is a Dreamer Spanish Edition): Una Historia Real por Areli Morales, Beneficiaria de DACA Cover Image
By Areli Morales, Luisa Uribe (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593380086
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Published: Random House Studio - June 8th, 2021

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