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TheDream.US Graduate Areli Morales Releases New Children’s Book, “Areli Is a Dreamer”

For Immediate Release: June 8, 2021

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TheDream.US Graduate Areli Morales Releases New Children’s Book, “Areli Is a Dreamer”

New Random House Children’s Picture Book in English and Spanish Tells Areli’s Powerful True Story of Her Journey from Puebla, Mexico, to New York City

On Saturday, June 12 at 1 PM ET, Join Areli and TheDream.US for a live virtual event with Areli at Cafe con Libros, a bookstore in Brooklyn, NY. Click here to learn more and RSVP for the event. 


Washington, DC – TheDream.US graduate Areli Morales has just released her debut children’s picture book, “Areli Is a Dreamer,” inspired by her own powerful experiences. Morales, who was born in Puebla, Mexico and raised in New York City, writes about her own story of moving to the United States, overcoming barriers and challenges, and being able to live her American dream thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and opportunities. The book is being published by Random House Children’s Books in English and Spanish. More information available here.

A TheDream.US graduate of CUNY-Brooklyn College with a bachelor’s degree in childhood bilingual education, Areli currently works as a substitute teacher in New York and hopes to one day have her own classroom, where she can teach children to value the power of storytelling and empower them to share their own stories.

According to book author Areli Morales, “The picture book tells the story of my journey from my beautiful home in Mexico to the United States to be reunited with my family. Through my teaching and writing, I want to shed light on the immigration issues that impact our classrooms and how to help teachers create safe spaces for all students. Now more than ever, immigrant communities find themselves afraid and unsure of what the future holds. Dreamer educators and children’s books about immigrants can help students and their families cope with the struggles that come along with being an immigrant, but also celebrate the triumphs and resilience.”

As the book summary from Random House Children’s Books notes: “This is a moving story–one that resonates with millions of immigrants who make up the fabric of our country–about one girl living in two worlds, a girl whose DACA application was eventually approved and who is now living her American dream.” To order a copy of the book, available in both English and Spanish, click here.

On Saturday, June 12, Cafe con Libros, a bookstore in Brooklyn, NY, will host a virtual conversation with Areli at 1 pm ET. The event will feature a Q&A followed by a reading from the book before taking questions from the audience. Visit here to RSVP for the event.


About TheDream.US

TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 6,500 college scholarships to DREAMers attending over 75 partner colleges in 19 states and Washington, DC. We believe that all young Americans, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and pursue a meaningful career that contributes to our country’s future.