My Name Is Aida by Aida Waserstein; Jason Olney (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2019
My Name is Aida describes the journey of a 13-year-old Cuban-Jewish girl who left her home as an unaccompanied minor. She went to the United States by herself in 1961 through a program later known as "Pedro Pan". She studied, worked hard and eventually became a judge.The book depicts the child's feelings about leaving the only country she had known, her bewilderment in a new place where she did not know the language, and her adjustment to an unknown environment. She was distressed about feeling different but through her journey, she flourished. She learned that each person is unique and that being different is good. It helps to build a stronger more resilient society.