Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan is one of the most touching books I’ve ever read. This tome about a young girl who goes from privilege to migrant worker after the death of her beloved father is a must read for all ages.
This is the perfect read-aloud for parents and teachers. The author imparts a host of life lessons that can be used to start meaningful discussions with children. The dialogue will have adults digging deep within their own hearts to take stock of personal beliefs.
Esperanza means to hope in Spanish. The title character finds her hope as she triumphs over trials and difficulties.
If you’ve never read this book, pick it up this summer. It is truly one of the best books in which I have ever gotten lost!