Our book of the month Across the Bay is simultaneously a visual celebration of Puerto Rican cities and a heartfelt human story about Carlos and his family. Author and Illustrator Carlos Aponte created a book based on the memories from his own childhood in Cataño, Puerto Rico.
Little Carlitos lives in a happy home with his mother, his abuela, and Coco the cat. Life in his hometown is as cozy as can be, but the call of the capital city pulls him across the bay in search of his father. Jolly piragüeros, mischievous cats, and costumed musicians color this tale of love, family, and the true meaning of home.
Carlos misses his father and secretly goes in search of him. As we go along with him on his journey he meets different people who help him find what he is looking for which leads him to where he truly belongs! Across the Bay is a great lesson about acceptance and what it means to be in a family.
Theme: Culture, Self-Esteem, Family
Suggested Ages: 5-7