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”

Robust Perspectives, Mental Health, and Delightful Seasoning: Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp

Success should (ideally) come down to what we want for ourselves. There are many factors that help shape what success looks like for us—cultural norms, socio-economic status, outside influences, and more—as female protagonist Penelope Prado shows us in Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp. I had the pleasure of chatting with debutContinue reading “Robust Perspectives, Mental Health, and Delightful Seasoning: Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp”

Dancing in Life’s Stages: Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina

Growing up requires constant change, as author Meg Medina demonstrates it in Merci Suárez Can’t Dance. This middle-grade book is the second installment in the Merci Suárez verse, following Cuban-American Merci Suárez as she cruises through the seventh grade. Mercedes “Merci” Suárez is a young girl who is trying to keep everything as it’s alwaysContinue reading “Dancing in Life’s Stages: Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina”

Perseverance, Heritage, and Celebration in Sing With Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla

Sing with Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla distributes the determination, culture, and joys that encompassed Selena Quintanilla’s life and career. Written by Diana López and illustrated by Teresa Martinez, this is a fantastic picture book that carries out Selena’s beautiful and longstanding dedication to gift fans with her music, fashion, and heritage. This pictureContinue reading “Perseverance, Heritage, and Celebration in Sing With Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla”

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”