What summer would be complete without a reading list and regular trips to the library? The Pura Belpré awards are named for the New York Library’s first Latina librarian, and ever year they honor the best Latin American children’s book authors and illustrators. This year, there is something for everyone: history for the curious and fairy tales for the imaginative, read-alouds for preschoolers, and chapter books for middleschoolers.
By Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by John Parra
For Ages 3 to 5
Illustrator John best describes this book. “The narration for the book revolves around two young Latino siblings who learn and discover a world of colors around them. Through their culture they help make food, have fun with music, participate in costume and dance recitals, listen to great stories, experience Dia de los Muertos festivities, and just enjoy family gatherings and events. It is in these moments that I connected to the words and story. They are a memento of me growing up with my family and all our similar experiences and adventures.”