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From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination.

Islandborn is about a curious, Afro-Caribbean Latina girl named Lola. The picture-book features Dominican girls living in the Bronx.  Lola is an immigrant who came over so young, she has no memories of the land that she left behind, Dominican-American author Díaz says.


Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places. So, when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island.  As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: “Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you.”

Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination's boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves. A 2019 Pura Belpré Honor Book for Illustration.


Included in this set is a joyous, 9.5-inch, plush Lola doll, with a sweet smile, bright eyes, and open arms, who will warm your heart. Dressed in a colorful cotton shirt and leggings with matching sneakers, Lola is a celebration!

Islandborn Hardcover – Picture Book and Soft doll, 9.5 inch

SKU: 195280
    • Publisher: ‎ Dial Books; Illustrated edition (March 13, 2018)
    • Language: ‎ English
    • Hardcover: ‎ 48 pages
    • Reading age: ‎ 5 - 8 years
    • Grade level: ‎ Kindergarten to 3rd grade
    • Dimensions: ‎ 8.81 x 0.45 x 11.25 inches
  • wants customers to be satisfied with their purchase. All items must be returned with 7 days of receipt of the item in its original condition to receive a full refund. Return shipping is the responsibility of the purchaser.

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