Children's Literature

The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border

Author(s) Stephen Briseno
Illustrator(s) Magdalena Mora
Age Group 4-8
Publisher Random House Studio
ISBN 978-0593307052
Year 2022
The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border

In this moving picture book, Noemi and Mama flee their home in Mexico, and head for the U.S. border. There, they look for "The Notebook Keeper"-- the person in charge of a ledger for those waiting to cross, and they add their names to the book. As the days turn into weeks, and hope dwindles,  the little girl looks for kindness around her-- and inside herself. One day, when the Notebook Keeper's own name is called to cross, Noemi and her Mama are chosen, for the generosity in their hearts, to take her place.

The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border