Areli Is a Dreamer

by Areli Morales (Author) Luisa Uribe (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

In the first picture book written by a DACA dreamer Areli Morales tells her own powerful and vibrant immigration story.

When Areli was just a baby, her mama and papa moved from Mexico to New York with her brother, Alex, to make a better life for the family--and when she was in kindergarten, they sent for her, too.

Everything in New York was different. Gone were the Saturdays at Abuela's house, filled with cousins and sunshine. Instead, things were busy and fast and noisy. Areli's limited English came out wrong, and schoolmates accused her of being illegal. But with time, America became her home. And she saw it as a land of opportunity, where millions of immigrants who came before her paved their own paths. She knew she would, too.

This is a moving story--one that resonates with millions of immigrants who make up the fabric of our country--about one girl living in two worlds, a girl whose DACA application was eventually approved and who is now living her American dream.

Areli Morales
Areli graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in childhood education with a bilingual extension in Spanish and English. She is currently a teacher in NYC. Areli's life changed completely when her application for The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was approved. It was then, without the threat of deportation that she was finally able to come out of the shadows. Areli is a Dreamer is her debut picture book.

Luisa Uribe is an illustrator and designer. She graduated as a Graphic Designer from the National University of Colombia and has an MA in Art and Design from Loughborough University. In 2018 she was awarded the SOI Dilys Evans Founder's Award for The Vast Wonder of the World (Lerner Books). Other recent publications include Operation Rescue Dog (little bee books), The Queen and the First Christmas Tree (Albert Whitman).

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
June 20, 2021
Age Range
4 - 8 years

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