I Wish You Knew

"I Wish You Knew" tells the story of a young girl who carries a secret, one she wishes to share but finds it difficult to put into words. As educators, we know that our students often face challenges, big or small, inside and outside the classroom. This book beautifully portrays the internal struggles students might encounter and the longing they have to be understood.

The story revolves around Luna, a young girl who wishes others knew about her father's deportation. Luna's heartfelt "I wish you knew" statements provide a glimpse into the emotional impact of immigration policies on families.


Social Justice Activities:

Relevant Social Justice Standards:

Identity 4. Students will express pride, confidence and healthy self-esteem without denying the value and dignity of other people.

Diversity 6. Students will express comfort with people who are both similar to and different from them and engage respectfully with all people.

Diversity 9. Students will respond to diversity by building empathy, respect, understanding and connection.

Reading Strategies:

Book Details:
  • Realistic Fiction, All Ages
  • Perspectives: Separated families
  • Author's stated heritage: Puerto Rican & Ecuadorian
  • Subject Integration: Poetry, Social Emotional Learning, Human Migration

Book covers images are from publishers and in the public domain