Paul O. Zelinsky reviews four dream-themed books for the New York Times:
With each new season of children’s books, subjects seem to cluster. Not long ago, a slew of sloth books appeared. Then two blobfish books, in the same month. This year it’s picture books that wear their hearts on their sleeves, displaying value statements, as titles, on their jackets. Recently, “Be Kind” and “All Are Welcome” have shared space on a Times best-seller list topped by the similarly didactic but less utopian “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates!”Now four new picture books, whose illustrators are among America’s best, arrive with almost matching titles: “The Dreamer,” “Dreamers,” “Imagine!” and “Imagine.” Until recently, people who imagined were dreamers, more or less; now “dreamer” has taken on an additional, weighty meaning. Two of these four books contend with the dreams that immigrants harbor, while two just celebrate the liberating imagination that informs both art and science. You might guess which are which, and you’d be wrong.
The 4 books reviewed are:
The Dreamer by Sung Na
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Imagine by Raúl Colón
Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera and Lauren Castillo