The Life Of Selena: La Vida de Selena (Lil' Libros Bilingual English/Spanish)

by Patty Rodriguez (Author) Citlali Reyes (Illustrator)

The Life Of Selena: La Vida de Selena (Lil' Libros Bilingual English/Spanish)

A Lil' Libros Bilingual Biography Selena's career started at a young age when she became lead singer in her family's band, Selena Y Los Dinos. She went on to become an award-winning artist with albums like Amor Prohibido and Selena Live, and earned the title Queen of Tejano Music." Your little one will learn that Selena's favorite food was pizza and that the most important people in the world to her were her familia and fans. 

Una biografía bilingüe de Lil' Libros La carrera de Selena comenzó a una edad temprana cuando se convirtió en la cantante principal de la banda de su familia, Selena Y Los Dinos. Luego se convirtió en una artista galardonada con álbumes como Amor Prohibido y Selena Live, y se ganó el título de Reina de la música tejana". Su pequeño aprenderá que la comida favorita de Selena era la pizza y que las personas más importantes del mundo ella era su familia y fans.

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PreS--In these two new installments in the series, creators Rodriguez and Stein bring to the hands of babies and toddlers the images of two iconic Latinx and Latin American stars: Mexican American singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez and Mexican actor Mario Moreno "Cantinflas." The unique format; vibrant colors; and use of space, text, and illustrations make these successful introductions to concepts, images, and language. In Cantinflas, the subject travels by train, boat, air balloon, scooter, bus, and camel through different countries around the world. Images of animals, recognizable landmarks, country map, and the English/Spanish word for the country are captured on each page. More words in English/Spanish and a facts about Cantinflas's life and work would have enhanced this cute and accessible board book. In The Life of Selena/La vida de Selena, contrary to other books in the series, sentences include specific words in larger font. From her childhood to her passions and legacy and through short and simple text, the volume provides a well-crafted glimpse into the singer's life and work. Both titles enhance the limited options of authentic Latinx and bilingual board books, and provide exposure and visibility to historic entertainers and artists from Latinx communities. VERDICT Must-have selections for board book shelves.--Sujei Lugo, Boston Public Library

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Patty Rodriguez

Patty Rodriguez is the co-founder of Lil' Libros, a publisher of bilingual children's books and co-author of more than 15 books celebrating the Latino-American experience in this country. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, and Rolling Stone magazine. You can also listen to Patty every morning in Los Angeles on the On Air with Ryan Seacrest nationally syndicated radio show. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Ariana Stein is the co-founder of Lil' Libros, a Los Angeles-based publisher that celebrates bilingualism and Latin American culture. Since 2014, she has co-authored a variety of first concept children's books. She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, CNN, KTLA, and more.

Citlali Reyes, born and raised in Mexico, loved to doodle as a child. It was after studying architecture that she was drawn toward the enchanting world of illustration and chose to become an illustrator full-time. Citlali enjoys telling stories through pictures, and her work is strongly influenced by the culture and vibrant colors of her country. She has partnered with Lil' Libros to illustrate more than 15 popular bilingual picture books for children in their board book collection.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Lil' Libros
Publication date
March 13, 2018
lil' Libros Bilingual English/Spanish
BISAC categories
JNF007040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Music
JNF018030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic/Latino
JNF036050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Music | Popular
Library of Congress categories
Spanish language materials
Board books
Mexican American women singers
Tejano musicians
Libros de cartaon
Mausicos tejanos
Mujeres mexicano-americanas

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