Kinship Has a Cafe Book
KINSHIP HAS A CAFE
A fictional story about an elementary student’s newfound passion for activism inspired by the author's work with the legendary Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles where restorative justice and hope is created. Ten year old Lia celebrates her dreams and social justice accomplishments inside the legendary nonprofit’s Homegirl Cafe and Homeboy Bakery.
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Father Greg Boyle, Founder, writes of them, "Tender and inspiring books that invites readers and their children to their own unshakeable goodness and nobility of heart. There is a magic that happens when folks enter the "swinging of the doors" at Homeboy Industries. This wonderful book captures that experience. Children who are connected to adults healing from incarceration or gang involvement will feel especially seen and cherished in these books. They offer a palpable sense of hope and a glimpse of the God we know at Homeboy Industries...the God who loves us without measure and without regret."
Laura Miera's fictional stories inspired by real Homeboy heroes and events offer a safe space for families to talk openly about restorative justice. Set in Los Angeles, the playful and street smart illustrations by Brenda Barrios contribute to the necessity of children of color not only seeing themselves in picture books but as compassionate social justice activists.
Reading this aloud gives children ages 5-10 and their caregivers the opportunity to learn together about the grace filled movements and community of Homeboy Industries who are a lot more than the worst things they've done.