The U.S./Mexico border has millions of crossings each year, this is just one of those stories. This book is a great way to introduce the concept of immigration to children, empowering them to make their own opinion on the topic. It is a story of hope, determination and finding your place in the world. Told through the eyes of a young boy determined to make it to the United States, Luz must navigate through daily obstacles on his journey. He encounters weather, environments, and animals he’s never seen before. At night he misses his family, wonders if he’ll be accepted, and questions if he should turn back.

Why this book?

The goal of this book is to inform the reader about global issues, mainly immigration. To create empathy with words and artwork while teaching Latin culture. When creating this book I wanted to create a sense of hope, no matter what your situation is. And lastly, to inform children that they can make their own decisions on topics like immigration.

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About the Author/Illustrator

At an early age Edward Dennis always knew he wanted to be an artist. His fondest memories are of his mother reading books to him and watching Reading Rainbow. Day and night Edward was creating something, a doodle, some craft or writing a story in hopes of one day creating a book for children like himself to read. Edward created art through his teenage to adult life working for some of the most prestigious companies. His favorite times have been spent as a Special Education teacher in inner city Phoenix. Edward currently lives between Los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona where he works as a freelance artist. His 2 life goals are to inspire children that look like him and that his children's books have an impact on youth and how they view the world.

The making of

This book was illustared using Corel Painter. Edward has been creating artwork digitally for 14 years. One of his life goals is to inspire more Latinx children to get into the arts.

What they are saying about the book

Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado Attorney At Law

Ybarra Maldonado Law Group

"As an immigration lawyer who has assisted thousands of families dealing with the hardships that are a part of migrating, it is great to finally see a book where children can begin a discussion about one of the most important issues facing our society. The Boy From Mexico will allow teachers and families to begin to talk about immigration through the experience of a child. Now more than ever it is important that we center the experiences of children when we talk about immigration."

Angeles Maldonado, Ph.D.

Founder & Executive Director at The Institute for Border Crit Theory: Social Justice Education and Research

CEO Ybarra Maldonado Law Group

This book is truly beautiful, powerful, and needed in these tiring times even more than ever.   As America continues to grapple with its identity, creating a contentious political landscape that disregards the lives of migrant children and their families, there is an increasing need to share our stories and reclaim our space in literature and culture.  Edward Dennis is a visionary whose incredible work exhibits pride for his heritage and his identity. 

Vanessa Delgado, Ph.D.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Sociology

Stony Brook University 

“The Boy From Mexico is a book that needed to be written. Edward provides a timely and crucial perspective of youth’s migration to the US. This beautiful story captures the fears, aspirations, and determination of young people who cross borders in search of a better future. This book is ideal for educators and parents who are interested in sparking conversations about immigration with children.”

Coloring book available soon also!