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May 2024

Uno Más, One More

Join a family for a fiesta in their one-room casita in this exuberant Latino retelling of the beloved folktale Always Room for One More, which celebrates the importance of kindness and community, and includes Spanish words throughout the text.

Available for pre-sale at


Amazon
 

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José and Feliz Play Fútbol

also co-authored with Susan Rose and illustrated by Gloria Felix

José has been selected for the school soccer team! Finally, he gets to be part of el equipo de fútbol. He starts practicing in his backyard right away. But when he kicks the ball toward the net, his best friend--who is also his dog, Feliz--runs after it! Can José find a way to bring his furry pal to his fútbol games without worrying el perro will chase el balón? Join José as he teaches Feliz all the new commands he needs to know! 

Available at

Amazon  Barnes & Noble Books & Books Miami  Bookshop.org

"This chapter book is a great choice for children looking to go beyond easy readers. Vibrant, colorful illustrations give the book a joyful look that readers will gravitate toward. Bilingual text integrated into the story has enough context clues for non-Spanish speakers. VERDICT An excellent addition to early chapter book collections. This title has so much promise for readers who are learning Spanish, interested in soccer, or have a love of dogs."

School Library Journal

"Wonderful new installment in the José and Feliz series..."

Booklist

"Sure to have newly independent readers - especially soccer fans - cheering."

Kirkus Reviews

Amazon - Top New Release in Children's Hispanic & Latino Books!

Week of Nov. 26, 2023

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José and El Perro cowritten with Susan Rose 

Join José as he trains his new dog in this bilingual Easy Reader!

Get it on:

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On Instagram Baby Librarians

"Must read..." list

"Cuando quieras un perro feliz, look no further."  
Kirkus Reviews

Print your own José and El Perro coloring page from HERE

On Educator Pamela Kramer's Bilingual and Spanish Book Roundup

"This book is perfect for a read-aloud at home."  
School Library Journal

Listen to our Podcast about Bilingual Books on 

"Reading With Your Kids"

Practice your español with these vocabulary flashcards

"Learn English and Spanish together seamlessly in this clever story about a boy and how he interacts with his lovable rescue dog."
Good Reads

New! My Little Golden Books Biographies

 Sonia Sotomayor

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"This Little Golden Book about Sonia Sotomayor--the first Latina Supreme Court Justice of the United States--is an inspiring read-aloud for young girls and boys." 

and

Mi Little Golden Book sobre Sonia Sotomayor (Español)

Illustrated by Nomar Pérez

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"This moving and impassioned picture book about the iconic Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, will inspire young readers to find their passion and make the impossible, possible."
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Illustrated by Paola Escobar

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Queen of Tejano Music: Selena 

Selena: Reina de la Música Tejana (Español)

Illustrated by Paola Escobar

- Little Bee Books -

Teacher-created Lesson Plans 

English    Spanish

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature 

BEST BOOKS of 2020

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Hispanic Heritage Resources List

2020

FLORIDA BOOK AWARD

GWEN P. REICHERT GOLD MEDAL 

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Junior Library Guild Selection

2020

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Elisa Chavarri

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My Little Golden Book About Frida Kahlo 

Mi Little Golden Book sobre Frida Kahlo (Español)

Illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

- Penguin Random House -

This Little Golden Book captures the essence of Frida Kahlo for the youngest readers. From overcoming illness, to being one of only a handful of girls at her school in Mexico, to having her paintings hanging in museums, this is an inspiring read for future trailblazers and their parents! Features informative text and colorful illustrations inspired by Frida's own artwork.

"When I say this book is absolutely precious, I so mean it! This will be a funny read aloud while also showing family values, community involvement, and brotherly love. The illustrations are absolutely incredible! The characters are adorable and the colors are spectacular. I love everything about this book!!! Do not miss this one!!!"

Laurie Evans, Blazer Tales Blog

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PACHO NACHO 

Illustrated by Pablo Pino 

- Capstone Publishers -

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"...a read-aloud that will have young audiences in stitches." 
Kirkus Review 

"Youngsters will get a kick out of saying the main character’s name while enjoying this entertaining story, perfect to share at storytimes and during Hispanic Heritage Month."

School Library Journal

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Pablo Pino

Chosen as one of ten Favorite STEM Books

of 2019 @CELEBRATE SCIENCE Blogspot and SILVER MEDAL WINNER - NAUTILUS AWARD

Grades 3-5 Readers’ Choice Nominee 

2022 Illinois’ Bluestem Award 

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To buy copies of Handimals please write to me here

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HANDIMALS:
ANIMALS IN ART AND NATURE

- Macmillan/Henry Holt -

Christy Ottaviano Books

Silvia Lopez and Guido Daniele

Guido Daniele

Booklist Starred Review:

..."Plenty of animal titles abound, but few are as quirky and enthralling as this picture book."

Kirkus:

"A gallery of animal portraits guaranteed to cause double takes...with a message about the importance of animal conservation..."

See all reviews here:

 

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Click on each Handimal to view larger 

Click button for books and websites about each of the animals in Handimals

JUST RIGHT FAMILY: AN ADOPTION STORY

 Illustrated by Ziyue Chen

 - Albert Whitman Co. -

"Meili thinks her multiracial, adoptive family is just right as it is, and she doesn't want her parents to adopt a new baby…But...when they return [from Haiti] with baby Sophie…Meili welcomes her as a sister. The affirming vision of adoptive sibling bonding is welcome. A book to broaden collections about families."

Kirkus, February 2018

"Lopez’ succinct text approaches adoption from a young child’s perspective, emphasizing several reassuring themes. Chen’s colorful, cartoon-style art effectively conveys Meili’s various emotions. This succeeds as a new-sibling story and will be welcomed by interracial adoptive families."

Booklist, March 2018

See a Just Right Family 

Teacher's Guide  

This book is magic..." Goodreads  

View all Goodreads reviews here
 

"...Superb!" - The Very Best Picture Books About Family Diversity and Alternative Families from happilyeverelephants.com ...read whole review here

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Ziyue Chen

2018

GWEN P. REICHERT GOLD MEDAL 

FLORIDA BOOK AWARD

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Both versions available in paperback from Amazon

Zunzuncito: Un Cuento del Pájaro Abeja Cubano

Ilustrado por Verónica Cabrera

'Esta historia original creada en el género de los 'cuentos del porqué' evoca las leyendas de los taínos que vivían en la región del Mar Caribe a la llegada de Cristóbal Colón.'

BEST CHILDREN'S PICTURE EBOOK 2017 - Latino Book Awards

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(Click HERE to see free bilingual digital versions of these and two more eBooks)

Zunzuncito: A Tale of Cuba's Bee Hummingbird

Illustrated by Verónica Cabrera

'This original story created in the style of a ‘pourquoi’ tale, recalls the legends of the Taínos, natives who inhabited the Caribbean when Columbus arrived in the New World.'

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