Poems to Dream Together/Poemas para soñar juntos
By Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by Paula Barragán
A young boy dreams that "all humans / and all living / beings / come together / as one big family / of the Earth." So begins this delightful bilingual collection of poems by Francisco X. Alarcón. As we travel through the boy's colorful universe, we learn about his family and community working together and caring for each other and the world in which they live. Neighbors help repair adobe homes. The boy and his family share old photographs, tend their garden, and pamper Mamá who "works day and night." Tribute is paid to those who toil in the fields, and to César Chávez. Most of all, we see how dreams can take many forms, from the fantastic imaginary ones that occur while we sleep to the realistic ones that guide our lives and give us inspiration for the endless possibilities of the future.
Partly based on Alarcón's own dreams and family memories of growing up in Mexico and California, and vibrantly illustrated by Paula Barragán, these joyous, universal poems will inspire all readers to dream their own dreams for a better, compassionate, and loving world.
"Close your eyes / and now get ready / to hop on a dream."
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About the Creators
was a renowned poet and educator, and a three-time winner of the Pura Belpré Author Award Honor for his bilingual Magical Cycle of the Seasons series of poetry for children. His many other honors include the American Book Award, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, the Chicano Literary Prize, and finalist for state poet laureate of California. Alarcón was also the author of several poetry collections for adults and textbooks for teaching Spanish. In addition, he directed the Spanish for Native Speakers Program at the University of California. Alarcón passed away in early 2016.
is a native of Quito, Ecuador. She received her degree in graphic design and illustration from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to being a painter, Barragán is a printmaker and carpet designer. Her fine art pieces have been shown at galleries in the United States and South America. Barragán currently lives in Quito. This is her first picture book.
About This Title
Jane Addams Children's Book Award
Jane Addams Peace Association
Notable Children's Book
American Library Association (ALA)
Chicago Public Library
Collaborative Summer Library Program
Interest Level:Grades 2 - 7
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Colors, Five Senses / Body Parts, Poetry, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Immigration, Imagination, Home, Friendship, Families, Environment/Nature, Dreams & Aspirations, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Bilingual, California, Courage, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Mexico, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Overcoming Obstacles, Pride
Part of These Collections
Early Fluent Bilingual , Latin American Spanish / Bilingual Collection Grades PreK-2, Poetry Grades PreK-2, Bilingual Spanish/English Guided Reading Level M, Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , Mexico Culture Collection, Biographical Poetry Grades 3-6, Lee & Low Poetry Collection, Poetry Grades 3-6, California Book Collection , Latin American Spanish/Bilingual Collection, Bilingual English/Spanish Collection , Jane Addams Children's Book Award Collection