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A beautifully illustrated, bilingual graphic novel that explores what it means to belong in Mexico and in America, and doing what it takes to survive and thrive.

Born in the US, Daniel’s family moves back to Mexico when he is 9 years old. Despite looking like his peers, Daniel struggles with being accepted in his new environment.

Daniel’s story is presented in both English and Spanish, the two languages of Daniel’s youth.

 

Book Contents

  • 64 pages in full color
  • Discussion questions
  • Important concepts about Daniel’s story
  • Words to know from the story
  • Written in English and Spanish
  • Reading comprehension for ages 8+

About the Contributors of Belonging in America and Mexico

Daniel Zúñiga González

Storyteller of Belonging in America and Mexico

From: Mexico
Current: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Daniel was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was raised in the United States and Mexico. He studies at Edison High School in Minneapolis and will proudly graduate in June, 2022. Daniel is happy his story is presented in both English and Spanish because he will be able to send it to his mother in Mexico for her to read. Daniel looks forward to a prosperous future as an entrepreneur in both of his home countries.

sunshine gao

Cover artist and illustrator of Belonging in America and Mexico

Born: China
Current: Minneapolis, Minnesota

sunshine gao was born in China and raised in Indiana and Kentucky. Once, they studied moral philosophy and ecology; cooked noodles; and sold produce. Now, they draw stories about home—in all its forms, with all its complications. In spite of everything, they believe the world can be made a beautiful place.

www.sunshine-gao.com

About the Children’s Bilingual Graphic Novel Series, Our Stories Carried Us Here

Following the breakout success of the graphic novel anthology, Our Stories Carried Us Here, Green Card Voices presents the children’s graphic novel series of the same name. In this series, we explore the same challenging questions of identity, race, and discrimination, but written for an audience in grades 3-5. As our student population becomes increasingly BIPOC (52% of US school population in 2020), teachers and parents are searching for books that are reflective of who their students and children are, and which help them feel more at home in America. Through authentic narratives from immigrant storytellers and engaging full color visuals, developing and fluent readers access and explore a variety of distinctly American experiences. Each book features a single story presented in both English and the native language of the storyteller. Moreover, supporting pages provide background building content, thought provoking discussion questions, and a well curated list of additional resources for extension opportunities. 

 

Reading Level: 600L-1200L

Audience: All children, 3th -5th grade, 8-12 years old

Objectives:

  • Share cultures, stories of children immigrants, first and possibly second generation
  • Show how diverse each immigrant journey is
  • Focus on a diverse group of children immigrants coming from several different regions 
    • Vol 1.: Mexico (March 2022)
      • BELONGING TO AMERICA AND MEXICO
    • Vol 2.: Yemen (Sept 2022)
    • Vol 3.: Hmong (Feb 2023)
    • Vol 4: Rohingya
  • Provide detailed and authentic resources for other children immigrant to reference about their culture
  • Focus on the change/transition from the immigrant’s previous life in their birth country to America
  • Show the integration of their culture and America’s culture and how they could still be themselves and follow their culture while living in America

Book Details:

  • Estimated total count of pages: 32 pages in English, translated; TOTAL: 64 pages
  • Type of book: Children’s hardcover book
  • Bilingual flip book: one language on one side (front), another on the other side (back)
  • Dimensions of book: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

Book Design:

  • Use illustration by immigrant illustrator (preferably from the same region)
  • Book cover will be a illustrated with a color portrait (all volumes will follow the same structure)
  • Color palette: each volume has its own color palette