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I Wish You Knew

I Wish You Knew

Jackie Azúa Kramer; illustrated by Magdalena Mora

Roaring Brook Press

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When Estrella’s father has to leave because

he wasn’t born here, like her,

She misses him.

And she wishes people knew the way it affects her.

At home. At school.

Always.

But a school wrapped around a hundred-year-old oak tree is the perfect place to share and listen.

Some kids miss family,
Some kids are hungry,
Some kids live in shelters.

But nobody is alone.

A story about deportation, divided families, and the importance of community in the midst of uncertainty.

Jackie Azúa Kramer; illustrated by Magdalena Mora

Jackie Azúa Kramer studied acting and voice at NYU and earned her MA, Queens College, Counseling in Education. Jackie has worked as an actor, singer, and school counselor. Her work with children presented her an opportunity to address their concerns, secrets and hopes through storytelling. Now she spends her time writing children’s picture books. Jackie’s books include, the award-winning The Green Umbrella (2017 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year), If You Want to Fall Asleep, and The Boy and the Gorilla.


Jackie lives with her family in Long Island, NY. When not writing, you’ll find Jackie reading, watching old movies and travelling to her family’s roots in Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Spain.


Magdalena Mora is a Minneapolis-based illustrator and graphic designer with a special interest in children's books and visual storytelling.


When not drawing, she spends her free time reading, people-gawking, and trying to find the best tacos in the Twin Cities. Mostly the latter.

Read Author Profile at Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

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