The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border (Hardcover)

The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border By Stephen Briseño, Magdalena Mora (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Stephen Briseño, Magdalena Mora (Illustrator)
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Based on true events, this inspiring story follows a mama and her daughter who are denied entry at the U.S. border, and must find the refugee in charge of “the notebook,” an unofficial ledger of those waiting to cross into the U.S.

Before, the sun drenched the yard. Our neighbor's laughter danced in the streets. Now, the streets are quiet. Papa is gone, and we are no longer safe here. We are leaving, too.
In this moving and stunningly-illustrated picture book, Noemi and Mama flee their home in Mexico, and head for the US border. There, they look for "The Notebook Keeper"-- the person in charge of a ledger for those waiting to cross, and they add their names to the book. As the days turn into weeks, and hope dwindles,  the little girl looks for kindness around her-- and inside herself. One day, when the Notebook Keeper's own name is called to cross, Noemi and her Mama are chosen--for the generosity in their hearts-- to take her place.

About the Author

Stephen Briseño is an English Language Arts teacher living in San Antonio, Texas. The Notebook Keeper is his first children's book. Visit him on the web at

Magdalena Mora is the illustrator of I Wish You Knew by Jackie Azúa Kramer and Equality's Call by Deborah Diesen. She lives in the Twin Cities. Visit her on the web at

Praise For…


★ "A heartening story emphasizing the real ways generous people step up in a crisis." —Booklist, starred review

"A hopeful story that encourages compassion." —Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593307052
ISBN-10: 0593307054
Publisher: Random House Studio
Publication Date: June 28th, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English