Lola Out Loud: Inspired by the Childhood of Activist Dolores Huerta

by Jennifer Torres (Author) Sara Palacios (Illustrator)

Lola Out Loud: Inspired by the Childhood of Activist Dolores Huerta
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A powerful and inspiring imagined story about real-life civil rights activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta that reminds us that even our biggest heroes started out small.

Her grandpa calls her "Lolita Siete Lenguas"--Little Lola, Seven Tongues, all fighting to be heard. Lola is trying not to make so much noise, but when she witnesses injustices in her own neighborhood, she knows she can't keep quiet. Can Lola find a way to use her voice for change? ¡Sí, se puede!

Inspired by the real-life civil rights activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta, Lola Out Loud is a warm and rollicking picture book that reminds us that sometimes one strong voice is just what we need.

Kirkus Reviews

Kids can make a difference, which Lola proves with gusto. 

School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-Gr 3--When Lola begins helping her mama and grandfather at their hotel, cleaning and welcoming guests, she learns the value of empathy, hard work, and using one's voice to create positive change. Inspired by actual events in activist Dolores "Lola" Huerta's childhood, this narrative has a gentle, authentic rhythm and a whole lot of heart. Lola is a nonstop talker, who is curious about their guests and is often reminded by her mama to stop singing and twirling like a flamenco dancer. She's also observant and compassionate, noticing how her mama welcomes guests in to stay, even when they can't pay. The smooth integration of minimal Spanish words and phrases, such as Huerta's famous "sí se puede," along with onomatopoeia and the repetition of phrases and movement, make this an excellent choice for storytelling interaction. The art appears in a muted palette, establishing Lola's historical time line. This is evident when the palette jumps to bold colors on the final spread, when she's an adult, demonstrating change and strength. Rendered with gouache, acrylic, and digital media, the scenes convey a rich range of expression and detail, and young children will delightfully follow Lola's cat. An author's note is included. VERDICT A first purchase for every library, this is an empowering story about speaking up.--Rachel Zuffa

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Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres is the award-winning author of Stef Soto, Taco Queen; The Fresh New Face of Griselda; and other books for young readers. She writes stories about home, friendship, and unexpected courage inspired by her Mexican American heritage. Jennifer started her career as a newspaper reporter, and even though she writes fiction now, she hopes her stories still have some truth in them. She lives with her family in Southern California.

Gladys Jose is an illustrator and storyteller. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012, where she earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts, specializing in graphic design. Gladys is the illustrator of Library Fish, Fresh Princess, The Elephants' Guide to Hide-and-Seek, and the Once Before Time chapter book series.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
August 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV016000 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | General
JUV061000 - Juvenile Fiction | Politics & Government
JUV011030 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic & Latino
JUV074000 - Juvenile Fiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories
Mexican Americans
Huerta, Dolores
Social justice

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