Friday, November 19, 2021

Book Tour + #Giveaway: We The Dreamers by Raynelda A. Calderon @RABTBookTours

 Children’s Fiction / Picture Book

Date Published: November 1, 2021

Publisher: Cayena Press, Inc.

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We the Dreamers” describes the journey of immigrating to a new place through the eyes of a child. The narrative text is poetic and full of emotion. The illustrations, which seem to dance and sing, convey the story of crossing borders as a child.

This children’s picture book, told alternatively in English and in Spanish, highlights all the emotions immigrants experience throughout their journey: the characters end up feeling mystified, bemused, or even bewildered upon entering the United States.

Using colorful, imaginative illustrations and poetic narrative, “We the Dreamers” connects with its readers in an emotional and compassionate way, and it opens up the floor to holding conversations about immigration with children.

Interview with Raynelda A. Calderon

    For those interested in exploring the subject or theme of your book, where should they start?

    The story is about immigration, DACA and the Dreamers. A quick search on the Internet would be enough to get anyone started on this subject!

    How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

    I was watching the news (again) about family separation at the border and deportation. It got me thinking about how I came to this country… and next thing I know, a book came from it!

    What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

    In this book, I just wanted to share the different forms, ways, or situations that make people (and whole families) immigrate to another country (not necessarily the United States). I think the book gives a subtle glimpse of that.

    What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

    Working with the illustrator. I love Tatiana illustrations and how she put the story together through the illustrations.

    Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

    Another picture book! I just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help me fund the children’s book about the Mirabal sisters. The book, titled “The Mirabal Sisters, From Caterpillars to Butterflies” is about the lives of three sisters that were assassinated in the Dominican Republic by the dictator who ruled the country back in 1960.

    How long have you been writing?

    I would say that I have always enjoyed writing, But writing as a career… I think it goes back to 2010 when I published my first book, “¿Por qué estoy gorda?”

About the Author

She has a doctorate in leadership in higher education and works as a public librarian. She is the author of “Mama Tingo,” “María Montez, the Queen of Technicolor,” and “Little Giants: 10 Hispanic Women Who Made History.” “We the Dreamers” is her second fiction book for children. She lives in New York with an untamed Shih Tzu, Toby, and a much-attached Chihuahua, Maya. She spends her free time thinking (and drafting) about books to write, painting, crocheting, and crying over abused dogs.

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