La Frontera - El viaje con papá - My Journey with Papa


La Frontera- El viaje con papá - My Journey with Papa - Bilingual Spanish English Paperback

Written by Alfredo Alva

Written by Deborah Mills

Illustrated by Claudia Navarro

Based on a true story! Join a young boy and his father on an arduous journey from Mexico to the United States in the 1980s to find a new life. They’ll need all the courage they can muster to safely cross the border — la frontera — and to make a home for themselves in a new land. Inspired by the childhood immigration experience of co-author Alfredo Alva, this story of perseverance is told in both Spanish and English to empower language-learning. Includes 4 pages of endnotes that unpack facts about Alfredo’s story and other stories like his / borders and borders around the world to help parents and educators talk with children about immigration, resilience, empathy and belonging.

  • Product Dimensions: 10.375 x 9.75 inches
  • Page Count: 48 pages
  • Ages 4-10 years

Awards & Accolades

  • A Junior Library Guild Selection, 2018
  • Featured in The New York Times, 2018
  • A 2018 Foreword Indies Finalist
  • A Booklist Top 10 Diverse Books for Youth 2019 Pick
  • Books that Humanize Immigration List, American Association of School Librarians, 2018
  • NECBA Windows & Mirrors Selections, 2018
  • Top 11 Picture Book Biographies of Social Justice Leaders, BookRiot, 2020
  • New Women New Yorkers summer reading list, 2019

★ "So simple, but so beautiful, the story depicts what many must go through when seeking a better life in America" — Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "An authentic and humanizing perspective on immigration" — Booklist, starred review

★ "An authentic and humanizing perspective on immigration; a must-have for classrooms, libraries, and bilingual collections" – Mary Margaret Mercado, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ