Causas, Cultura, y Baile: Lupe Wong no baila por Donna Barba Higuera

¡Jonrón! La autora Donna Barba Higuera ha sacado la pelota de béisbol fuera del estadio (al estilo literario), con su libro infantil ¡Lupe Wong no baila! Protagonizada por Guadalupe Wong, una estudiante de séptimo grado y Mexicana-china (o China-mexicana), la joven hará todo lo posible para involucrar a todos en lo que ella cree queContinue reading “Causas, Cultura, y Baile: Lupe Wong no baila por Donna Barba Higuera”

Family, Futuristic Adventure, and Cuentos: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Author Donna Barba Higuera’s science fiction fantasy novel, The Last Cuentista (Levine Querido, 2021), delivers a fierce, authentic, and kind protagonist named Petra Peña, who must face the end of the world and do the unimaginable. Set years from now, it leaves you wondering about the present and future of storytelling, and more. YVONNE TAPIA:Continue reading “Family, Futuristic Adventure, and Cuentos: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera”

Extraordinary Indigenous Latin American Legends: The Sea-Ringed World by María García Esperón Review

The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas by María García Esperón is a book that contains many Indigenous Latin American legends—North, Central, and South America. Folktales from Mexica (Aztec), Maya, Mapuche, etc…Nahua traditions…

The Stellar Middle-Grade Voice Against Anything Unjust: Lupe Wong Won’t Dance Review

Home run! Author Donna Barba Higuera has knocked the (literary) ball out of the park with her MG debut novel Lupe Wong Won’t Dance! Starring Mexinese seventh-grader Guadalupe Wong…

Female Empowerment, Fútbol, and Ripple Effects: Yamile Saied Méndez on her YA Debut, Furia

Author Yamile Saied Méndez has scored a spectacular GOAL! with her energetic and dynamic young adult debut novel, Furia. Set in Argentina, this story is about a fierce, rising soccer star who must defy everything in her way…

The Long-Term Positivity of Multicultural Children’s Books

It is common knowledge that there is current rise of multi-cultural main characters in children’s literature. And for good reason, because every child deserves to be represented in the pages they read. Please be aware that children’s literature…

Book Review for The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torres

  Griselda Zaragoza refuses to accept her new family lifestyle, by secretly selling makeup to her classmates! Griselda is our multicultural protagonist in this contemporary fiction novel.  She often gets called “Geez” (G.Z. for short), who lives a happy, suburban life with her older sister, Mabel, and parents. However, Griselda’s world is shattered when herContinue reading “Book Review for The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torres”

Book Review for The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

When I first read the title of this middle-grade novel, I thought, “What could a boy’s epic fail be?” The next thing that I found exciting was having a male protagonist in the story. It is no easy feat to generally find a male protagonist in books, so I definitely wanted to give it aContinue reading “Book Review for The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya”

Book Review for Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez

Birds are actually among my top favorite animals. So when I noticed that a children’s book had the word “bird” included in its title, my attention was instantly captured. Strange Birds’ title is metaphorical. Why? Because we can all be strange birds, being so different from one another. The book’s back cover blurb says: “Ofelia,Continue reading “Book Review for Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez”

Book Review for Wonder by R. J. Palacio

I really support how we are thrust into August Pullman’s world by learning things through his mind first. R.J. Palacio beautifully writes the story using alternating perspectives from major characters besides August: Jack Will, Olivia Pullman, among others. It helps to read what kind of person August is first, because the story’s plot is solelyContinue reading “Book Review for Wonder by R. J. Palacio”