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New Book :: Do I Belong Here?

Do I Belong Here? / ¿Es este mi lugar? by René Colato Laínez book cover image

Do I Belong Here? / ¿Es este mi lugar? by René Colato Laínez
Illustrations by Fabricio Vanden Broeck
Piñata Books, May 2023

An immigrant boy stands “in the middle of a whirlwind of children,” and wonders where he is supposed to go. Finally, a woman speaks to him in a language he doesn’t understand and takes him to his classroom. A boy named Carlos helps orient him, but later when he reads aloud, everyone laughs at him. And when he gets an “F” on an assignment, he is sure “I do not belong here.” Award-winning children’s book author René Colato Laínez teams up again with illustrator Fabricio Vanden Broeck to explore the experiences of newcomers in schools and affirm that yes! They do belong. With beautiful acrylic-on-wood illustrations depicting children at school, this bilingual kids’ book by a Salvadoran immigrant tells an important story that will resonate with all kids who want nothing more than to belong.

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