Environmental Justice Is for You and Me: Bilingual Children’s Book

Written by Catalina M. de Onís, Hilda Lloréns, Mabette Colón Pérez, and Khalil G. García-Lloréns

Illustrations by Mabette Colón Pérez

Downloadable e-copies (for free) and paperback copies (for purchase) are available on the Editora Educación Emergente website. All royalites will be donated to the Comité Diálogo Ambiental, a grassroots group that coordinates an annual environmental justice camp for youth in southeastern Puerto Rico.

Read more about the children’s book here and listen to coauthor and illustrator Mabette Colón Pérez discuss the project in Spanish and in English! Colón Pérez and I also joined in conversation with members of the Editora Educación Emergente to discuss the book’s co-creative process.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, to commemorate International Literacy Day, youth participants in Puerto Rico’s Aula en la Montaña program read and discussed La justicia ambiental es para ti y para mí/Environmental Justice Is for You and Me. University of Puerto Rico Professor Sandra Soto Santiago co-organized the event and wrote a reflection on the experience, which also includes many photos.

To learn more about the story behind the story of this bilingual children’s book, this peer-reviewed article in Frontiers in Communication describes the creative process, including experiencing coalitional, intergenerational energies and some of the project’s challenges.

Children’s book signing at Lowrie Primary School, Wilsonville, OR, Nov. 2021.
Images by Principal Sarita Amaya and Jim Robison.

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