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Tony Award-winning Broadway producer behind The Band’s Visit Susan Rose and beloved author of Queen of Tejano Music: Selena, Silvia López offers English-speaking young readers an introduction to Spanish.
(she/her) was born in Cuba and moved to Miami as a child. Her lifelong love of books turned into a career as a children's librarian until, later in life, she became a children’s author. López is an eclectic writer whose work reflects her interest in animals, history, folk tales, and people who have overcome obstacles to achieve great things. Her books include Just Right Family: An Adoption Story (Florida Book Award 2018, illustrated by Ziyue Chen), Handimals: Animals in Art and Nature (a collaboration with Italian artist Guido Daniele), Queen of Tejano Music: Selena, which also received the Florida Book Award in 2020 (English and Spanish, illustrated by Paola Escobar), Pacho Nacho (bilingual, illustrated by Pablo Pino), and My Little Golden Book about Frida Kahlo (English and Spanish, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri). My Little Golden Book about Sonia Sotomayor in English and Spanish is scheduled for release in 2022.
(she/her) is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer for The Band's Visit, co-producer of Justin Peck's upcoming show Illinoise, and
co-producer on the upcoming Broadway production of The Who's Tommy. She has also produced Tony-nominated Broadway shows, including the original Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coat, Hurlyburly, and Blood Knot. She co-produced the most recent revival of Macbeth on Broadway with Daniel Craig and the Drama Desk-winning musical The Last Five Years. Susan has enjoyed a successful film career as a producer as well. Several of her films have been nominated for and won Emmy Awards, including Cooler Climate and Jack.
(she/her) was born and raised in Uruapan, a beautiful small city in Michoacán, Mexico, one of her biggest inspirations when it comes to art. After earning her bachelor's degree in Animation and Digital Art, Gloria moved to San Francisco to pursue an MFA in Visual Development. Besides children's books, she makes art for the animation industry. Her hobbies include walking, life drawing, and plein-air painting with her partner and friends. Currently she lives and paints in Guadalajara.
Reviews: José and El Perro
School Library Journal
"This charming easy chapter book for primary grade children who can read independently is set in a comfortably sized black-and-white font... An easy-to-read book for dog lovers who enjoy independent reading."
- Katie Llera
"Cuando quieres un perro feliz, look no further. [If you are looking for a happy dog, look no further."
Reviews: José and Feliz Play Fútbol
Katie Llera - School Library Journal
José is bursting with excitement as he runs off of the school bus. He was selected to be on his school's soccer team! José's pet dog, Feliz (Spanish for happy), is also bursting with excitement at the sight of José. When José arrives home, his family, including Feliz, greet him and give him some special gifts. José receives a soccer ball, net, and cones to practice with at home. The boy jumps into action and starts practicing outside with Feliz. When Feliz gets a bit confused and plays fetch with the soccer ball, José tells Feliz that he cannot. José brings Feliz to practice, where he once again joins in and starts playing with the soccer ball. At first José is nervous that the coach will be mad at Feliz, but the coach laughs it off and gives Feliz a team uniform to wear. The day of the big game arrives, and José is excited to play. Will the dog obey? This chapter book is a great choice for children looking to go beyond easy readers. Vibrant, colorful illustrations give the book a joyful look that readers will gravitate toward. Bilingual text integrated into the story has enough context clues for non-Spanish speakers; there is also a glossary of words and phrases in the back. VERDICT An excellent addition to early chapter book collections. This title has so much promise for readers who are learning Spanish, interested in soccer, or have a love of dogs.
L.A. Times FEATURE
"The book’s bilingual narrative adds an enriching dimension, making it a charming tale and a bridge, connecting cultures and expanding horizons."
- ROXSY LIN