Chabelita’s hopes come true when Jimena, the new student whose eyes sparkle like stars, sits next to her. Through shared language and experience they easily connect. The more they learn about each other, the more they like each other and the more time they spend together. When Chabelita shares her special bow tie with Jimena on picture day, everybody will know that they like each other.
With the support of family and the reflection of important role models, Chabelita’s Heart shows two kids as they grow into themselves and understand that “girls can like girls.” Experiences of immigration/deportation, indigenous eco activism, Mexican LGBTQ activism, as well as Chicanx, Mexican, and Honduran culture provide important context that highlights the intersectionality of LGBTQ people, in this heartwarming tale of a first crush.
About the Author & Illustrator
Isabel Millán is a queer Chicana writer and educator. She teaches courses on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and children’s literature at the University of Oregon. This is her first children’s book.