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Karina and Matthew talk about the border wall between Mexico and the United States, one Idaho school staff and their alarming choice of Halloween costumes, and how a group of Latinx authors stepped in with an offer few would refuse.

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Photos of Idaho teachers in costume

Superintendent Dr. Josh Middleton responds

An Open Letter to the Middleton School District from Authors in the Latinx in Kidlit Community



Picture Books:

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Paola Escobar

Middle Grade:

Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream by Julissa Arce

Based on Julissa’s memoir, My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive


Let us know what books you’ve loved about immigration and immigrants, or if you have a suggestion or book recommendation for an upcoming episode. Find us on email (, Twitter (@KarinaYanGlaser and @MatthewWinner), or Instagram (@KarinaIsReadingAndWriting and @MatthewCWinner).