Book Fiesta!

Book review by
Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Beautiful bilingual book may inspire adventures in reading.

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Educational Value

Promotes reading and the excitement of reading in more than one language.

Positive Messages

Reading is celebrated as a grand adventure, sometimes a solitary exploration, but more often one to be shared with friends and family.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A strong sense of family and community resonates, with children and adults enjoying books together and separately.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know tht Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael Lopez is a heartfelt tribute to the lifelong adventure of reading. The gorgeous, vibrant illustrations showing kids all over the world savoring books with friends, family, and even animals in all kinds of settings draw readers in and spark the imagination. And the bilingual text is perfect for Spanish speakers or Spanish learners. 

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What's the story?

Kids from around the globe are shown savoring books with friends, family, and even animals in all sorts of settings -- from the library and the car to a submarine and an elephant. The text is presented in both English and Spanish. The end pages include suggestions for celebrating Children's Day/Book Day in April.

Is it any good?

Author Pat Mora, the founder of Children's Day/Book Day (or El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros), shares a heartfelt tribute to the lifelong adventure of reading. The poetic nature and lack of plot might make some kids restless while listening. It's best explored by parents and children together as a springboard to talk about stories and imagination. It's a great selection for beginning a read-aloud session.

Rafael Lopez's magical artwork brings the book alive with lush colors, strong design, and diverse, charming kids. A family floating in a boat listens to the father read aloud, as the son imagines himself in a pirate adventure and the daughter, trailing a finger lazily in the water, imagines herself a mermaid. As darkness cloaks the earth, rooftops come unmoored from their homes and dreaming children float toward the moon, soaring with books in hand. Gorgeous, soaring full-page illustrations are the heart and soul of this book.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite books. Share a cherished book and talk about what you enjoy about it.

  • Books can be a launching pad for your imagination. Have you ever had a dream inspired by a book you read? Have you made up games based on characters or adventures from a book?

  • The characters in this book enjoy reading in all sorts of places -- even sailing with a whale. Where do you like to read?

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For kids who love picture books and Latino stories

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