Side by Side/Lado a Lado The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez: La Historia de Dolores Huerta Y Cesar Chavez (Bilingual Spanish/English)

by Monica Brown (Author) Joe Cepeda (Illustrator)

Side by Side/Lado a Lado The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez: La Historia de Dolores Huerta Y Cesar Chavez (Bilingual Spanish/English)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A powerful and accesible bilingual picture book that highlights the power and impact of ordinary but dedicated citizens.*

Every day, thousands of farmworkers harvested the food that ended up on kitchen tables all over the country. But at the end of the day, when the workers sat down to eat, there were only beans on their own tables. Then Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez teamed up. Together they motivated the workers to fight for their rights and, in the process, changed history.

Award-winning author Monica Brown and acclaimed illustrator Joe Cepeda join together to create this stunning tribute to two of the most influential people of the twentieth century.

I love that this book introduces Dolores and Cesar as children and connects their early life experiences to the decisions they made as they grew up, commented reviewer Maria Ramos-Chertok in the blog Latinxs in Kid Lit. Given that I longed for bilingual children's books when my two sons were growing up, I only wish I had known about this book earlier. She added that Side by Side offers opportunities to open discussions about work and career, feminism, and friendship, as well as a fresh perspective on history.

Todos los días, miles de campesinos cosechaban los alimentos que se servían en los hogares de todo el país. Pero al terminar la jornada, cuando los campesinos se sentaban a comer, lo único que había en sus propias mesas era frijoles. Entonces, Dolores Huerta y César Chávez se unieron para motivar a los trabajadores a luchar por sus derechos y en el proceso, cambiaron el curso de la historia.

La premiada autora Monica Brown y el aclamado ilustrador Joe Cepeda se unen para crear éste impresionante tributo a dos de las personas más influentes del siglo veinte.

*Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly

This bilingual picture book tells the story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, who organized migrant workers in the 1960s. Brown begins by sketching their upbringings: Huerta, an activist from the start, "raise money for soldiers fighting in World War II," while Chavez and his family were forced to become migrants themselves. Meeting later, they joined forces to fight for better working conditions--the first of many successes during decades of activism. Cepeda's highly textural paintings--using oils, acrylics, and collage--never put the duo on a pedestal, and instead emphasize the power and impact of ordinary but dedicated citizens. Ages 48. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

School Library Journal

Gr 2-5--How many children knew that behind the 1960s National Grape Boycott was a woman named Dolores Huerta, alongside famous activist Cesar Chavez? Not only did Huerta coin the United Farm Workers' mantra, "Si, se puede! Yes, we can!" but she also worked tirelessly with Chavez to create change for countless migrant farmworkers. Brown describes the widely different upbringings for Huerta and Chavez. As soon as they met, however, it was evident that together they were an unstoppable force. For 30 years, their momentum carried them through many important triumphs in the fight for social justice. The English and Spanish texts on each page are complemented by Cepeda's expressive, painterly illustrations done in a saturated color palette. While the vocabulary, pictures, and length of the story lend themselves to reading aloud to younger audiences, the subject matter is suited to older audiences as well. This piece of literature is a great way to introduce young people to topics such as civil rights, Cesar Chavez Day, immigration, and, of course, International Women's Day, to celebrate the life and achievements of a community activist and feminist who continues to play an active role within the Latino communities. A must-purchase for schools and libraries.--Shannon Dye, Peoria Public Library, AZ

Copyright 2010 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"Offers an important perspective on family displacement. The illustrations by Jose Cepeda welcome readers into the story."—Latinx in Kid Lit
Monica Brown

Monica Brown is the award-winning author of over thirty books for children, including Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/no combina, Sharuko, Maya's Blanket/la manta de Maya, Waiting for the Biblioburro, Frida and Her Animalitos, and El Cuarto Turquesa/The Turquoise Room, as well as the Lola Levine chapter book series, among many others. She is the recipient of the Christopher Award, two Américas Awards, and multiple starred reviews. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages, and has appeared in the NYTimes, The Washington Post, and on NPR's All Things Considered. When not writing for children, Brown serves as a professor of English at Northern Arizona University, where she teaches about US Latino and multicultural literature. Brown lives with her family in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her website is

Sara Palacios was born in Mexico City. She holds degrees in Graphic Design, Illustration, and Digital Graphic Techniques, and is pursuing her MFA in Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She divides her time between Mexico City and San Francisco, California. Her web site is

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
HarperCollins Espanol
Publication date
September 20, 2010
BISAC categories
JUV011030 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic & Latino
Library of Congress categories
United States
Spanish language materials
Officials and employees
United Farm Workers
Chavez, Cesar
Migrant agricultural laborers
Mexican American migrant agricultural laborer
Labor unions
Huerta, Dolores

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