Spend Your Summer with Puerto Rico:
by Monica Brown
Illustrated by Rafael López
This picture book biography of El Rey del Mambo / The Mambo King is a must have for any Puerto Rican picture book library. The illustrations are stunning and the story makes you fall in love with Tito Puente all over again--because you were a little in love with him already, am I right?
Bonus Books about Tito Puente's friend Cuban Singer Celia Cruz:
Monica Brown's My Name is Celia / Me Llamo Celia is equally fantastic. As is the Lil' Libros board book The Life of Celia / La Vida de Celia. Tito Puente makes an appearance in both books celebrating legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz.
Libros en Español
Selección: Josefina Barceló Jiménez
Ilustraciones: Mrinali Álvarez Astacio
Ilustrado por Poli Marichal
por Georgina Lázaro
Ilustrado por Mrinali Álvarez
My writing comadre just told me about another adorable picture that goes through the alphabet highlighting common Puerto Rican words and symbols:
A - Amapola
B - Borinquen
C - Coqui
I haven't snagged my copy yet, but this one's definitely on my to buy list!
Book in English
Available en Español & English Versions
To purchase the English version, click here.
Before You Go...
Hurricane Season is Here: Three Ways to Help Puerto Rico Today
Picture Books for this Political Climate
Part 1: Spend Your Summer with Puerto Rico: Book Recommendations
Part 3: Spend Your Summer with Puerto Rico: Podcasts
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