Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! Kick off the weekend with Tito Puente and his timbales!

Monica Brown and Rafael Lopez invite you for a "behind the scenes" look at the making of their new picture book biography, Tito Puente: The King of Mambo/El rey del mambo. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

"You Are My Baby" Board Book Series Debuts to Stellar Reviews!

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Petit Collage founder Lorena Siminovich's new YOU ARE MY BABY two-in-one board book series with Chronicle has debuted to wonderful reviews from Twenty by Jenny, which calls it "ingeniously designed," and Kirkus, which declares that "In both form and content, these two board books beautifully represent baby and grown-up bonding, whether human or animal," in its starred review! To learn more about the books, visit the publisher's website. Congratulations Lorena! —Adriana

Monica Brown and Rafael López are back with a new picture book---now available!

Monica Brown and Rafael López, the award-winning creators of the Pura Belpré Honor Book My Name Is Celia/Me llamo celia, team up once again for another spectacular collaboration in this upbeat tribute to musical legend, Tito Puente.

Watch the Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo book trailer:

Early Praise for Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo:

“My father was an inspiration to many generations of Latin music fans worldwide. This book is a testament to that. Now his name and likeness will reach a brand new group of young fans who will discover his genius and talent.” — Tito Puente Jr.

“Brown and Lopez collaborate in this energetic bilingual tribute to salsa drummer and band leader extraordinaire. Lopez’s pictures convey salsa’s rhythmic exuberance via a riotous palette. A vibrant, reverent celebration of the godfather of salsa.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Irresistable...The vibrant imagery hums right off the page, full of high-contrast color and energetic composition, and decorated with swirling, starry embellishments. — Horn Book Magazine

Like so many of Brown’s biographies, Tito’s story introduces readers to a vibrant Latino figure. Award-winning illustrator López brings Tito’s story to life in vibrant acrylic salsa reds and oranges, which are splashed behind every shake of Tito’s hips and wink of his eyes.”— ALA Booklist

We're so excited for young readers and music lovers to enjoy this new picture book by Monica and Rafael. HarperCollins will be featuring TITO PUENTE in The Page Turn this month. To download a free Educator’s Guide and more, visit Monica Brown website or Rafael López website.

School Library Journal's "Resources for Finding Latino Kid Lit"

Resources for Finding Latino Kid Lit

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Celebrated author Benjamin Alire Sáenz swept the Youth Media Awards on Monday with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (S & S, 2012). The young adult novel about two Mexican-American teen boys whose friendship deepens into romance in 1987 El Paso, Texas, won the Pura Belpré Author Medal, the Stonewall Medal, and a Michael L. Printz Honor. Yet Saénz is just one of the many talented writers of children’s literature with Latino characters and themes. Below is a compilation of tools for locating books and program ideas for not only Spanish-speaking patrons, but for all of those interested in reading more diverse titles. Please list any resources we might have missed in the comments section below.

Click here to read the complete feature in School Library Journal.

Friday, March 01, 2013


We're thrilled to welcome talented debut writer, Heather Montgomery, with her first book WILD DISCOVERIES: WACKY NEW ANIMALS, just released from Scholastic.

We're wild about Heather's look at the creeping, slithering and scurrying creatures that have been discovered. In WILD DISCOVERIES, she takes a look at the wackiest new animal discoveries with interesting facts and fascinating photographs!

Take a look at the "Growing with Science" Blog wonderful book review and activities.

Download a free Teacher's Guide with Lesson Plans (40 pages of resources!) on Heather Montgomery's website.


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