About this book
Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds
Alfonso Ruano • Jorge Argueta • Elisa Amado
Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central America. This book of poetry helps us to understand why and what it is like to be them.
This powerful book by award-winning Salvadoran poet Jorge Argueta describes the terrible process that leads young people to undertake the extreme hardships and risks involved in the journey to what they hope will be a new life of safety and opportunity. A refugee from El Salvador’s war in the eighties, Argueta was born to explain the tragic choice confronting young Central Americans today who are saying goodbye to everything they know because they fear for their lives. This book brings home their situation and will help young people who are living in safety to understand those who are not.
Compelling, timely and eloquent, this book is beautifully illustrated by master artist Alfonso Ruano who also illustrated The Composition, considered one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic’s Parent and Child Magazine.
About the Creators
Alfonso Ruano is the illustrator of The Composition by Antonio Skármeta, winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the UNESCO Tolerance Award and an Américas Award Commended title, and Tricycle (El triciclo) by Elisa Amado, a USBBY Outstanding International Book. He has published dozens of other books, many of which have been translated into other languages and have won prestigious awards. After three decades as the art director for Grupo SM, the world’s largest publisher of Spanish-language children’s books, he has left to devote more time to illustration and painting.
Jorge Argueta is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He has won the International Latino Book Award, the Américas Book Award, the NAPPA Gold Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction for Juveniles. His books have also been named to the Américas Award Commended List, the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List, Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge spent much of his life in rural El Salvador. He now lives in San Francisco, California.
Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.
Awards and Praise
- Commended Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature Honor Book, 2017
- Commended SLJ's Top 10 Latinx, 2016
- Commended ALA Notable Children's Books, 2017
- Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017
- Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List, 2017
- Commended Booklist Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Youth, 2017
- Commended NCTE Notable Poetry List, 2017
- Commended USBBY's Outstanding International Books List, 2017
- Winner Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, 2017
- Commended Américas Award, 2017