Joelito’s Big Decision (2015) is a book for children aged 6-12 years old. It is a must buy for parents who want to raise their children to be compassionate and fair to working people. Joelito’s Big Decision is all about deciding and standing for what is fair at an early age.
Written by Ann Berlak and illustrated by Daniel Camacho, Joelito’s Big Decision is about nine-year-old Joelito who goes with his family every Friday to McMann’s for a juicy burger treat. This makes his Fridays really special. Except for this one time – Joelito’s best friend Brandon stands side by side his parents protesting the small pay they earn for working in McMann’s.
Joelito is torn. Will he enter the juicy burger place that Friday? What will he tell his parents? It is interesting to find out how Joelito finally decides.
The book is in English and Spanish and designed by David Bass.
Manny and the Mango Tree (2014) is a vibrantly illustrated narrative of how Manny eagerly waited to eat the mangoes from the tree that he and his friends have nurtured for a year, only to find out that they were forbidden to harvest the fruit by the super. Here the action starts. Publisher Tim Sheard describes this book as a night time good read for little trouble makers.
Self-taught artist Mona Lunot Kuker renders illustration to the book which is written by Ali R. and Valerie Bustamante.
The book, with Spanish translation, teaches kids justice. You can have your mango and eat it too, a clear message of the story whose value on fairness may go long way for any child’s journey in life.
For orders, please visit www.hardballpress.com
THE REVIEWERS PRAISE JOELITO’S BIG DECISION
“An important story that introduces a current event… Recommended for libraries looking to expand social justice and bilingual collections.” Selenia Paz, Helen Hall Library, League City, TX School Library Journal
“My current favorite book about activism is Joelito’s Big Decision…. a story that is both explicitly about a particular action, but also about fairness, and a child’s choices.” Innosanto Nagara, author/illustrator of A is for Activist.
“This is a terrific read for kids, one that will teach them about fairness and responsibility in this era of growing inequality and injustice. I recommend it highly.” Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, School of Education.
“We are happy to promote and distribute Joelito’s — a wonderful new picture book for children on the rights of workers. Thank you Ann Berlak for writing such a needed book… Teaching For Change
“This is a wonderful book taking on a timely topic… Great story, beautifully told, terrific illustrations, and bilingual… wonderful!” Reach and Teach
“Teachers especially are encouraged to pick up a copy for their classrooms as they work to translate our admiration for fast food and other products into a meaningful discussion about workplace justice and social movement organizing. Indeed, as the publisher’s promotional headline reads, ‘no one is too young to learn that another world is possible.’” Andrew Stevens, Rank and File Canada
The bilingual children’s book is a great story, addressing serious social issues both adults and working families face each day. The Register, United Food and Commercial Workers Union
LaborStart’s Book of the Month September 2015 – LaborStart
“Joelito’s Big Decision continues in the storytelling tradition that embeds social justice values at its core. Themes of friendship, solidarity, empathy & choice are interwoven, accompanied by illustrations portraying the power of people coming together to make change. This book will open important conversations about role of workers in the food systems and communities in which we live.” Diana Cohn, author, Si Se Puede
“…a beautifully illustrated and translated Spanish/English bilingual book…looks squarely at the incredible degree of inequality in the country and works wonderfully for initiating lively discussions between children and their parents and teachers, and provoking critical thinking and engagement in all ages.” The Post News Group
“While world attention is focused on labor’s monumental “Fight for 15” struggle, Joelito’s Big Decision/ La Gran Decisión de Joelito couldn’t have been published at a better time… Kudos to all involved in this gigantically important little book.” —Beverly Slapin, De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children
“A children’s book was written about the #FightFor15. It’s one of the best things we’ve seen. Check it out and support the author.” Fight for $15 NY
“[Joelito’s Big Decision} is enlightening on both cultural and socio-political levels, and visually enthralling… The story of workers fighting for dignity and security for their families is ongoing. The heritage of struggle is well told here.” John Pietaro, The Cultural Worker
“A thought-provoking lesson for a young person in this book that can lead to an interesting discussion. Grand Prairie Union News – Mike Matejka
GREAT REVIEWS FROM AMAZON OF MANNY AND THE MANGO TREE
By william d stallings on January 5, 2015
Awesome book for future labor organizers!
By M WIGGER on January 6, 2015
must write more books…
By Kat Reimer on September 18, 2015
Cute story for kids to understand some concerns immigrants encounter in the US. It is somewhat informative on how they live and hide and how they fear the law. Also it tries to embrace a community and for outsiders to show acceptance and consideration. My children enjoyed it and asked a lot of questions. They just didn’t like the illustrations very much that is why I gave it a 4.
By Catherine Tearle on March 23, 2015
Excellent engaging story
By Monica on December 26, 2014
A great book for children!