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Three on a Theme: Hispanic Heritage Month

14 Sep

I cheated a little bit this week for my Three on a Theme and went with six books – the past three years’ of authors and illustrators who have won the Pura Belpré Award. The Pura Belpré Award “established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.” (ala.org) And even though I am well aware that Latinx does not necessary equal Hispanic, but I wanted to share these award-winning titles with you!


Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream.

Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.” (Taken from Goodreads)


“The trio from Lowriders in Space are back! Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and El Chavo Octopus are living their dream at last. They’re the proud owners of their very own garage. But when their beloved cat Genie goes missing, they need to do everything they can to find him. Little do they know the trail will lead them to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner!” (Taken from Goodreads)


El principe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn’t agree. The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa. But the prince might just have a sneaky plan, too…
Readers will be enchanted by this Latino twist on the classic story, and captivated by the vibrant art inspired by the culture of Peru.” (Taken from Goodreads)

3“In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.

Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not.

Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again? ” (Taken from Goodreads)

2“Juana loves many things — drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to dance class. And she especially does not love learning the English. Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense? But when Juana’s abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning—one that Juana will need to speak English to go on—Juana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all. Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones — the hearts — of readers everywhere in her first adventure, presented by namesake Juana Medina.” (Taken from Goodreads)

1“Based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s, a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed.

Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro’s Cuba to New York City. Just when she’s finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood’s hopscotch queen, a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie’s world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger. She comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.” (Taken form Goodreads)


Three on a Theme: Back to School

24 Aug

If school hasn’t started yet in your neck of the woods, then the first day is right around the corner! Start the first day of school with these three picture books that celebrate diversity and teach kids that perspective changes everything!

3“Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yamulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.” (Taken from Goodreads)

“Bobby has a problem.

You see, his teacher is a monster.

But when Bobby runs into his teacher outside of school, he learns there is more to her than meets the eye.” (Taken from Goodreads)




1“It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him?

The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he’s not the only one going through first-day jitters.” (Taken from Goodreads)</em)

#PB10for10 Wordless Picture Books

10 Aug

picture book 10 for 10

  1. Flora & the Flamingo by Molly Idle
  2. A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
  3. Wolf In the Snow by Matthew Cordell
  4. Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage
  5. Boat of Dreams by Rogério Coelho
  6. Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin
  7. Mr. Wuffles! by Davide Wiesner
  8. Wave by Suzy Lee
  9. Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli
  10. The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

pb 10 for 10Picture Book 10 for 10 — Love picture books? Then you’re in the right place. This community is dedicated to sharing picture book love. Please stop by to learn about picture books you’ll want to read. Join us in August for our Picture Book 10 for 10 event and again in February for our Nonfiction Picture Book 10 for 10 event. In the meantime, read and enjoy the resources shared. Learn more (and get all the details) from this blog post!

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