The Story of Selena Quintanilla (The Story of)

by Gloria Arjona (Author)

The Story of Selena Quintanilla (The Story of)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: The Story Of

Discover the life Selena Quintanilla--a story about breaking down barriers in music, for kids ages 6 to 9

Selena Quintanilla was the queen of Tejano music. Before she became a star, Selena was a charismatic young girl who loved singing and performing. She made a lot of sacrifices to become a famous musician, rehearsing her songs and dance moves for hours at a time. Her hard work paid off--she became the first 15-year-old girl to win a Tejano music award and went on to break many records during her career. This Selena biography explores how she went from being a talented girl growing up in Texas to a fashion icon and a world-famous singer.

What sets this Selena book apart:

  • Core curriculum--Kids will learn the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Selena's life, and take a quick quiz to test their knowledge.
  • Short chapters--This Selena kids' book is broken up into brief chapters that make it fun and easy for new readers to discover details about the singer's life.
  • Her lasting legacy--Kids will find out how Selena changed the world of music and why she continues to be a role model for many women and people of color around the globe.

How will Selena's big spirit and passion for music inspire the child in your life?

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Review quotes

"Finally, a Selena book for new readers, one that is told concisely and honestly, and is eminently readable" —Joe Nick Patoski, author of Selena: Como La Flor

"What a wonderful story to inspire girls to follow their dreams. A story that many girls will identify with, especially those from traditional and multicultural families. I liked all the little sidebar lessons throughout the book. Gloria is a very talented teacher." —Genevieve B. Southgate, director of community programs, Bowers Museum

"Selena Quintanilla's youthful talent and positive drive are brought to life in Prof. Arjona's latest book, this one geared to young readers. A highly appealing read highlighting Selena's flexibility in overcoming obstacles to achieving her dreams and her trailblazing contributions to music and her community. The Callisto Media format of encouraging critical, organized thought via questions, maps, timelines, and a glossary make this an enjoyable learning experience." —Martin E. Delgado, community library manager

"This is the story of Selena Quintanilla, and what a story it is! In a time where young readers, and young women, need role models more than ever, this book brilliantly depicts the profound humanity, bravery, and talent of a deeply inspiring Latina woman who relentlessly fought for her dream." —Maite Zubiaurre, UCLA professor

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Rockridge Press
Publication date
June 20, 2022
The Story Of
BISAC categories
JNF007040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Music
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
Library of Congress categories

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