STORYTIME: Pam Laskin & Elizabeth Balaguer's MY SECRET WISH


Crossing the Border: A Child's View!

Based on a true story, MY SECRET WISH explores the many challenges for a family seeking asylum, particularly now, during this difficult political time. What does it mean for the mother of two young boys, one of whom has been threatened by gangs, to make the difficult decision to come to America, when America has all but closed its doors. But determination and love are the catalysts, which motivate Mama to go on, with much hope in her heart, the same hope the young boys secretly wish for. Beautifully illustrated and translated by Elizabeth Balaguer, who will read the Spanish version of the book. Cover art by Rae Weyn Gonzalez.

All proceeds from the sale of this book go to Immigrant Families Together. Buy copies of MY SECRET WISH when you RSVP here.

Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer in the English Department at City College, where she directs the Poetry Outreach Center. Several of her children’s and poetry books have been published, and RONIT AND JAMIL, A Palestinian/Israeli ROMEO AND JULIET in verse was published by Harper Collins in 2017, and was named among the35 books to have on your radar for 2017. BEA, a picture book, was a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Children’s Fiction, and HOMER THE LITTLE STRAY CAT, was named among the best of the indie presses for picture books. RONIT AND JAMIL is a 2018 Sydney Taylor notable book. She is the winner of the 2018 Leapfrog Fiction contest for WHY NO GOODBYE, published in 2019. She teaches graduate and undergraduate children’s writing.  Follow her: twitter@RonitandJamil and follow her blog:

Elizabeth Balaguer, born in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is awriter, with specialties in children's literature, translation, and illustration.She holds a bachelors degree in Graphic Design from the State University ofNew York Fashion Institute of Design and Technology and a Masters Degree inSpanish from the City University - City College of New York.Her books have been published by Editors Manatí and Santillana.Amongst her publications, mentionable works include: Trucando, Mi Carnaval /My CarnivalEl Cuco /The BoogeymanEl secreto de sonreír / The Secret ofSmilling¡Yo no estoy perdido! Mi oruga no quiere comer / My Cartepillar Doesn’tWant to Eat, and La gallina de la abuela Catalina / Grandmother Catalina’s Hen, and Iris la traviesa y su perro tres colores / El pañito mágico.

Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 3:00pm
New York, NY 10032