The Pura (Life of/ La Vida de Bilingual English/Spanish)

by Patty Rodriguez (Author) Citlali Reyes (Illustrator)

The Pura (Life of/ La Vida de Bilingual English/Spanish)

Introduce your little ones to the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York City, Pura Belpré, in both English and Spanish! A talented puppeteer and storyteller, Pura Belpré captivated millions of bilingual readers in New York City and around the world. Her children's book, Pérez y Martina, became the first Spanish-language children's book published by a mainstream American press. She left such a lasting impact on the world of reading and the Puerto Rican community that the Pura Belpré award is named after her legacy.

¡Presénteles a sus pequeños a la primera bibliotecaria puertorriqueña en la ciudad de Nueva York, Pura Belpré, tanto en inglés como en español! Una talentosa titiritera y narradora, Pura Belpré cautivó a millones de lectores bilingües en la ciudad de Nueva York y en todo el mundo. Su libro para niños, Pérez y Martina, se convirtió en el primer libro para niños en español publicado por una prensa estadounidense convencional. Dejó un impacto tan duradero en el mundo de la lectura y la comunidad puertorriqueña que el premio Pura Belpré lleva el nombre de su legado.

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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.

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Guided Reading Level
Lil' Libros
Publication date
June 20, 2022
Life of / La Vida de Bilingual English/Spanish
BISAC categories
JNF007050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
JNF020030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Foreign Language Study | Spanish
JNF018030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic/Latino
Library of Congress categories

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