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Book Fiesta!



Beautiful bilingual book may inspire adventures in reading.

What parents need to know

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

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

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know this beautiful book is a jubilant song to reading and imagining.

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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. Lovely.

Gorgeous, soaring full-page illustrations are the heart and soul of this book.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Pat Mora
Illustrator:Rafael Lopez
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:March 10, 2009
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 6

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Parent of a 6 year old Written byjonny1987 October 18, 2010

good 4 my kids

good 4 the kids
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