My Diary from Here to There - Mi diario de aquí hasta allá

My Diary from Here to There illustrated by Maya Gonzalez

Written by Amada Irma Pérez
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
published 2002 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
Bilingual – English/Spanish
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“Breathtaking throughout are Gonzalez’s illustrations, which blaze with color and capture both the hilariously mundane details of life, such as the antics of Amada’s unruly brothers, and the imagination’s terrain.” – The Horn Book Magazine

One night, young Amada overhears her parents whisper of moving from Mexico to the other side—to Los Angeles, where greater opportunity awaits. As she and her family make their journey north, Amada records her fears, hopes, and dreams for their lives in the United States in her diary. How can she leave her best friend behind? What if she can’t learn English? What if her family never returns to Mexico?

From Juárez to Mexicali to Tijuana to Los Angeles, Amada learns that with her family’s love and her belief in herself, she can make any journey and weather any change—here, there, anywhere.

Medium: Acrylic


  • Pura Belpré Honor Award
  • Américas Award Commended Title