Monica Brown (Author), Rafael Lopez (Illustrator). My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia The Life of Celia Cruz/la vida de Celia Cruz. This bilingual book allows young readers to enter Celia Cruz’s life as she becomes a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba, then moves to New York City and Miami where she and others create a new type of music called salsa.
Chambers, Veronica. Illustrated by Julie Maren. Celia Cruz: Queen of Salsa. Everyone knows the flamboyant, larger-than-life Celia, the extraordinary salsa singer who passed away in 2003, leaving millions of fans brokenhearted.
Da Coll, Ivar. Azucar! This biography, written and illustrated with children in mind, details the life of Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa. From her birth in Havana, Cuba, to her funeral in Miami, author Ivar Da Coll uses poetry and humor to describe the important milestones in the star’s life, and captures the true essence of her colorful, vibrant personality.
Soto, Gary. The Skirt. (chapter book) The skirt is gone. Miata Ramirez is scared and upset. She brought her folklorico skirt to show off at school and left it on the bus. It’s not just any skirt. This skirt belonged to Miata’s mother when she was a child in Mexico. On Sunday, Miata and her dance group are going to dance folklorico.
Garza, Carmen Lomas. Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia. (Bilingual) As one of the major Mexican American painters in this country, Carmen painted from her memories of growing up in Kingsville, Texas.
Garza, Carmen Lomas. In My Family/In Mi Familia. (Bilingual) In My Family/En mi familia is Carmen Lomas Garza’s continuing tribute to the family and community that shaped her childhood and her life. Lomas Garza’s vibrant paintings and warm personal stories depict memories of growing up in the traditional Mexican-American community of her hometown of Kingsville, Texas.
Witte, Anna. Lola’s Fandango. Illustrated by Micha Archer. Lola is a young Spanish girl in awe of her glamorous older sister. However, she discovers her own talent and duende, or spirit, through secret fandango lessons from her father. The text is infused with the rhythms, movements and sounds of the dance.
Colon’Vila, Lillian. Salsa. Illustrated by Roberta Collier-Morales. Young Rita gets all kinds of advice about salsa music from her family–how to play it, how to dance to it, even how to dress for it! Learning about salsa dance steps and musical instruments such as the güiro, piano, timbales, congas, and brass, Rita becomes so filled with enthusiasm that she dreams of someday becoming a salsa band director.
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