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 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”