A New Life in America/ Una Vida Nueva en Estados Unidos is a bilingual story about a boy named Juan who leaves his hometown in Honduras with his father and heads to the United States of America. At each stage of their challenging journey towards a new life, Juan experiences complex and coexisting emotions—from confusion and fear, to hope and wonder—about the ongoing change and uncertainty unfolding in his life.
Elsie Guerrero is a publisher and children’s book author of Promote Inclusion Books (used to be known as Elsie Publishing Company, LLC). She writes children’s books about children with disabilities and social issues to bring awareness about the topic and promote inclusion. Within six years, she has published over twelve books and plans to publish more soon to eliminate discrimination, bullying, and any misconception society may have about children who have a disability, mental health, and/or social issues. The majority of the books were inspired by real children and real-life situations.
She partnered with Assembly member Cristina Garcia to publish Bringing Back History: The Untold Story about the Mexican Repartition, a story based on AB 146 and the students at Bell Gardens Elementary School. She also worked with children to write their stories.
Nitya is an illustrator, yoga facilitator and educator living in Washington, DC. She teaches and learns from children, whose sensitivity and imagination inspire her work. Her illustrations for the bilingual children’s book, A New Life in America, have been used by elementary school teachers around the country and were featured in Newsweek. She has also designed costumes and puppets for local theaters in DC, including the Keegan Theatre and the Kennedy Center. Nitya studied Foreign Service at Georgetown University and is a mostly self-taught artist, who enjoys exploring and portraying history, heritage and culture through her art work.
Febe works for Montgomery County Public Libraries doing community outreach, promoting library services beyond library walls. She is fluent in Spanish and have shared library resources with families in the Latino community. She has also visited many public schools, community centers, and local non-profits to encourage the use of library services, early literacy programs, and resources for new Americans.
Ben Gundersheimer (MISTER G) is a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, activist, and educator. Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post, he tours internationally playing everywhere from Lollapalooza and Lincoln Center to climate change rallies on Capitol Hill. His spirited bilingual performances aim to help children see each other across borders and foster cross-cultural connections.
This StoryTime is presented in partnership with Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, and Montgomery County Public Libraries.
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