National Book Festival: New Mexico’s Great Read 2021

New Mexico’s 2021 Book Selection

Jaime and Ángela discover what it means to be living as undocumented immigrants in the United States in this timely sequel to the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Only Road. After crossing Mexico into the United States, Jaime Rivera thinks the worst is over. Starting a new school can’t be that bad. Except it is, and not just because he can barely speak English. While his cousin Ángela fits in quickly, with new friends and after-school activities, Jaime struggles with even the idea of calling this strange place “home.” His real home is with his parents, abuela, and the rest of the family; not here where cacti and cattle outnumber people, where he can no longer be himself—a boy from Guatemala. [Simon & Schuster website]

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In a typical year the Library of Congress National Book Festival (NBF) is an annual literary event in Washington, DC that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. Every year the National Book Festival also hosts the Parade of States where each state is represented by a state library, a state center for the book, or humanities organization which showcases a local book or author. Given the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the Library of Congress has decided to host a virtual book festival and parade of the states called Road Map to Reading – Great Reads from Great Places.