Carmela Full of Wishes (Next Door donation)

SKU: A780399549045

Donate a copy of Carmela Full of Wishes, the new picture book from Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, to Next Door Foundation. You'll get 20% off the list price and a wish-friendly dandelion that we will post in Boswell's window. Just let us know in the notes field the first name of the person making the wish and what the wish is. Please keep wishes to five words or less. Please note that this page is for Carmela donations only. For regular purchases, enter the ISBN 9780399549045 in the search field.


It's Carmela's birthday! Waking up to candles in her pancakes and armed with birthday bracelets that jingle and jangle, Carmela is ready for the day! It's a special birthday because it means she can go out alone with her big brother. Along the way Carmela finds a dandelion in concrete, but before she can make a wish she has to decide which wish she wants to make. Bursting with many wishes, it's hard to decide on just one. As she follows her big brother around town and helps him with the chores, Carmela imagines all the possibilities of her wishes as she holds onto her dandelion, jingling and jangling as she goes. Carmela Full of Wishes is full of heart and soul! A picture book that will definitely become a beloved family book to read over and over again.

— Jen Steele



In their first collaboration since the Newbery Medal- and Caldecott Honor-winning Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson deliver a poignant and timely new picture book that's sure to be an instant classic.

When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true--she's finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make . . . 

With lyrical, stirring text and stunning, evocative artwork, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson have crafted a moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.

About the Author

Matt de la Peña is the Newbery Medal-winning author of Last Stop on Market Street. He is also the author of LoveA Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis; and six critically acclaimed young-adult novels. Matt teaches creative writing and visits schools and colleges throughout the country. Matt lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can visit Matt at or on Twitter @mattdelapena.

Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street. His picture books include the Gaston and Friends series; Leo: A Ghost StorySchool's First Day of SchoolThe Smallest Girl in the Smallest GradeJosephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker; and many more. You can visit Christian at or on Instagram @theartoffun.

Praise For…

Praise for Carmela Full of Wishes:
Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Children's Book - Fall 2018
An Amazon Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Book - Ages 3 to 5

★ "The award-winning team behind Last Stop on Market Street portrays Carmela’s Spanish-speaking community as a vibrant place of possibility, and Robinson’s acrylic-and-cutout spreads introduce readers to street vendors, workers in the fields, and sweeping views of the sea. Sensitively conceived and exuberantly executed, Carmela’s story shines."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Full of rich details, sharp and restrained writing, and acrylic paintings that look textured enough to rise off the page . . . Another near-perfect slice of life from a duo that has found a way to spotlight underrepresented children without forgetting that they are children first.Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

 “Carmela’s journey of wishing, waiting, and wanting resonates on many levelsan important addition to bookshelves everywhere."School Library Journal, starred review 


Price: $14.39