My guest this week for Art Crush Wednesday is bilingual children’s book author, René Colato Laínez. In his own words, Rene describes his experience as an immigrant from El Salvador, the hardships of his journey, and how his past inspired his new book, My Shoes and I:
I was born in El Salvador. As a child, I went to school, recited poetry, played with my friends and won a hula-hoop contest on national television. I had a dream to become a teacher and an author.
The world turned upside down when El Salvador's civil war broke out. My family and I fled to the United States. My mother arrived first but it was a year before my father and I could join her. Mamá had a job for my father and an apartment where we could feel secure.
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