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Picture of Junot Diaz leaning on a lamppost. He has a goatee, glasses, and a black polo shirt.

Junot Díaz Is Writing a Picture Book About the Dominican Republic

Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz’s next book might come as something of a surprise: it’s a picture book for children! 


The cover of Islandborn, which shows an illustration of a little girl in front of palm trees and a city skyline.

Image courtesy of The New York Times

‘Islandborn’ follows Lola, a child from Washington Heights, who is given a school assignment to draw a picture of where her parents came from. However, Lola left the Dominican Republic when she was still a baby, so she must assemble an image of her parents’ home from their memories. It’s not so simple though, as Lola discovers the Dominican Republic evokes something different for everyone she talks to.


The idea for the book came from a request from Díaz’s goddaughters for characters they could relate to, made some twenty years ago!  Although it took two decades, Díaz has delivered! It may appeal to a different audience than his Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,’ but it does explore similar cultural ideas. We’re certain that Díaz will deliver a touching, thoughtful tale for young readers.


‘Islandborn’ is illustrated by Leo Espinosa, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, and will hit the shelves next spring.


Featured image courtesy of Remezcla