La Vida de Ritchie (The Life Of...Bilingual English/Spanish)

by Patty Rodriguez (Author) Citlali Reyes (Illustrator)

La Vida de Ritchie (The Life Of...Bilingual English/Spanish)

A Lil' Libros Bilingual Biography Introduce little ones to the life of legendary Ritchie Valens in both English and Spanish! Richard Steven Valenzuela, better known as Ritchie Valens, was a Mexican-American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His musical journey began in Pacoima, California, at age 5, when his father encouraged him to take up guitar. In high school, he made his performing debut with his band, the Silhouettes. At age 17, Ritchie recorded his final record, which included the songs Donna and La Bamba. 

Una biografía bilingüe de Lil' Libros ¡Presente a los más pequeños la vida del legendario Ritchie Valens en inglés y español! Richard Steven Valenzuela, más conocido como Ritchie Valens, fue un cantante, compositor y guitarrista mexicano-estadounidense. Su camino musical comenzó en Pacoima, California, a los 5 años, cuando su padre lo animó a que se dedicara a la guitarra. En la escuela secundaria, hizo su debut como actor con su banda, The Silhouettes. A los 17 años, Ritchie grabó su último disco, que incluía las canciones Donna y La Bamba.

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Patty Rodriguez

Patty Rodriguez is the cofounder of Lil' Libros, a publisher of bilingual children's books, and coauthor 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. 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.

Ana Godinez is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied English Literature and Fine Arts. She lends her artistic hand as graphic designer for several companies and organizations in Los Angeles, working to create projects that include branding, websites, social media campaigns, murals, and commissioned abstract paintings. Today, Ana is the creative director of Akash Winery & Vineyard and lead designer at Lil' Libros. Her newest and most challenging project is tackling the illustrations of Vámonos, a new travel series by Lil' Libros that takes readers on a ride through the sights and sounds of Latin American. When Ana is not glued to her computer, she's out looking for inspiration through traveling, walking her dog, and looking for food. You can see her latest adventures on Instagram @anaeats.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Lil' Libros
Publication date
September 20, 2019
The Life of... Bilingual English/Spanish
BISAC categories
JNF007040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Music
JNF036070 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Music | Rock
JNF018030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic/Latino
Library of Congress categories
United States
Board books
Hispanic Americans
Estados Unidos
Valens, Ritchie

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