Parents need to know that "Islandborn" is by Junot Diaz, who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," a novel for adults. This is his first book for kids. Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic, illustrator Leo Espinosa was born in Colombia, and this story's about Lola, who comes from "the Island," though she left when she was a baby, so has no memories of her country of birth. She asks family members and neighbors to tell her what they remember, and one neighbor tells her about a period when "a monster fell upon our poor island," a reference to dictator Rafael Trujillo, though he's never named. The school kids and families pictured are widely diverse, and the book is being published simultaneously in Spanish, under the title "Lola."