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Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

PICTURE BOOK READING GUIDE

PREVIEW

GUIDED ANTI-BIAS/ANTI-RACIST READING | GRADES PK+


WELCOME

This is a preview of a full-length reading guide designed to accompany Yuyi Morales’ picture book Dreamers. We recommend that grownups read the focus book and the reading guide content BEFORE reading with young readers. This guide will help you prepare your own questions for your young readers and choose vocabulary, history, and other related topics to integrate into your learning and discussion.


Lesson content was written by Zapoura Newton-Calvert and was designed to start or deepen anti-racist and anti-bias conversations in families and other learning communities. The playlist accompanying this Reading Guide was curated by Noah Simpson as part of his work in the Social Justice in K12 Education course at Portland State University.


THEMES

IMMIGRATION, MIGRATION, FAMILY, BELONGING, IMAGINATION, IDENTITY, DIVERSITY


WATCH & LISTEN TO THE READ ALOUD

SUMMARY + ZAPOURA’S NOTE

Yuyi Morales' book Dreamers has a lush landscape and an important narrative about being in a new place, immigration, migration, and the way libraries can provide space for learning, belonging, safety, and imagination.


When my kids were little, the library was such an important place for us. We could go there and listen to storytime, pull out books, put together puzzles, take a break. No one asked us to leave if the children laughed or cried. We would mingle with our neighbors who spoke all sorts of language and who had all sorts of lived experiences and origins. Morales’ book is an ode to motherhood, to libraries, and to the difficult and beautiful parts of migration to a new place. And it’s also a reminder of how libraries are resources that are vital to healthy community and how we should advocate for them whenever we get the chance.


HOW WE DESIGN OUR READING GUIDES

This guided reading lesson is designed to be part of a larger life-long commitment to anti-racist reading and learning for the student and the facilitator. Reading Is Resistance sees reading as an opportunity to seed deeper conversations and opportunities for action around racial equity in our communities. We hold the belief that being anti-racist is a process of learning (and unlearning) over time.


The Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards (focused on Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action) serve as guides for our work.


LEARNING FOR JUSTICE STANDARDS

The full-length version of this Reading Guide contains a thorough list of Social Justice Standards that can be explored using this book and examples from the text to illustrate how they show up in the story.

READ + DISCUSS (PREVIEW)

  • IDENTITY.K-2.1:

  • Name some of your group identities. Group identities may include the “Big 8” socially constructed identities and more.

  • Think about the list of group identities you have come up with. Which identities are your individual identities? Which identities are part of your family’s history and culture?

  • RADICAL IMAGINATION: In the last few pages, the mama and child are dreaming of what they might become and do in the future; they are using their imaginations. What do you want to become/be in the future? What do you want to do in the future? What do you want to create in the future?

  • More questions are included with the full-length reading guide.

RESOURCES

This preview includes one of the resources designed to accompany this Reading Guide. More are included with the full-length version.


LISTEN TO A DREAMERS-INSPIRED PLAYLIST

  • Listen to the Dreamers playlist on YouTube or Spotify. Curated by Jazz Musician Noah Simpson as part of his work in the Social Justice in K12 Education Capstone at Portland State University, this playlist was designed to pair with Dreamers. We imagine many ways to read and enjoy the book and playlist pairing.

  • First, read the book. Then, listen to the playlist while drawing or reflective writing together.

  • On the day that you will be reading the book, start the day out listening to the playlist. Later in the day, read the book together.

  • There is no wrong way to pair these resources. Connections can be explicitly made or the two resources can simply exist and resonate in the space together.

  • You may want to focus on one song in the playlist. Listen actively together. Then, ask your kiddo or student how the music makes them feel and what it makes them think about.

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