I'm excited to take a look at this book, due out in August, through Barefoot Books. I am always on the hunt for children's books that do a good job with marginalized people and circumstances. This isn't ownvoices, but I'm hopeful that Gunti and Meza took care with it.
Select interior spreads are viewable on the website. Digital review copy available upon request from publisher (I'm awaiting approval).
From the publisher's site:
This simple, touching picture book shows readers a women's shelter through the eyes of a young girl, who with her mother's help, uses her imagination to overcome her anxiety and adjust. Includes factual endnotes detailing various reasons people experience homelessness and the resources available to help.
Erin Gunti grew up in the small town of Lula, Georgia, USA. After working as a child abuse and neglect investigator, she wrote A Place to Stay: A Shelter Story to open a dialogue between adults and children about childhood homelessness. She hopes the book will serve as a call to activism to support those in need. A Place to Stay is her first project with Barefoot Books.
Award-winning illustrator Estelí Meza holds a Master's Degree in Visual Arts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and has exhibited her work internationally. She illustrates books for children as well as culture magazines in Mexico. This is her first project for Barefoot Books.