Reina Ramos: Tour Guide (I Can Read! Level 2: Reading With Help)

by Emma Otheguy (Author) Andrés Landazábal (Illustrator)

Reina Ramos: Tour Guide (I Can Read! Level 2: Reading With Help)

"An easy reader with a simple plot, packed with all things adorable. Reina Ramos fills a need for representation and brings a metaphorical sliding glass door to classroom -libraries" --School Library Journal

Reina Ramos is a tour guide in this Level Two I Can Read story. Perfect for social emotional learning. Features Spanish vocabulary!

Reina Ramos is the creation of Emma Otheguy, a children's author who writes about Latin identity. The Reina I Can Read stories have engaging illustrations from Andrés Landazabal.

Reina can't wait for her cousin's visit. At first, it's not as much fun as she'd imagined. Andrés is always talking to Abuela about people and places Reina doesn't know. But their friendship soon blossoms when Reina shares her city with Andrés.

Reina Ramos: Tour Guide is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help. Whether shared at home or in a classroom, the engaging stories, longer sentences, and language play of Level Two books are proven to help kids take their next steps toward reading success. The story contains several Spanish words.

Acclaim for the first Reina Ramos I Can Read:

Kirkus Best Book List for Early Readers 2022 and Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best List 2022

Praise for Reina Ramos Works It Out:

"A sparkling tale starring a resilient young protagonist" --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This Level Two beginning reader contains an engaging, relatable story for emergent readers that features simple text, a sprinkling of Spanish vocabulary, and sweet illustrations on each page." --ALA Booklist"The Spanish words and -positive messages about managing conflict and problem-solving make this a welcome addition to beginning reader collections." --School Library Journal

Also available in Spanish: Reina Ramos: la guía turística

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Kirkus Reviews

Problem-solving is on display in this delightful story.

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3--Reina, her mom, and abuela go to the airport to pick up her cousin Andrés, who has flown into New York from "the island." Reina welcomes Andrés with a large bienvenido sign, but when Andrés and Abuela talk about people and places back on the island who Reina knows nothing about, she begins to feel left out. Artwork of the island hangs on the dining room wall, illustrating how two cultures live in Reina's home: New York City culture and island culture. When Andrés accidentally slams into Reina on the subway the next day, she voices her frustration with him and the two talk to each other about what's bothering them. And when they exit the subway and see buskers who play island music, Andrés discovers that not only is his abuela's home a place of two cultures, but so is New York City. This Level 2 reader has mostly simple sentences, but the sentence development also includes introductory clauses and compound sentences. A glossary provides translations for words like bienvenido, lo siento, nunca, and primo. VERDICT An easy reader with a simple plot, packed with all things adorable. Reina Ramos fills a need for representation and brings a metaphorical sliding glass door to classroom libraries.--Stephanie Creamer

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Emma Otheguy
Emma Otheguy is the author of the middle-grade novel Silver Meadows Summer (Knopf, 2019) and the bilingual picture book Martí's Song for Freedom (Lee & Low, 2017) which received five starred reviews, was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and the New York Public Library. She co-authored The Unicorn Rescue Society: The Madre de Aguas of Cuba with Adam Gidwitz (Dutton 2020), and her most recent publication is her contribution to the new Carmen Sandiego universe, Secrets of the Silver Lion (HMH 2020).

Emma holds a Ph.D. in History from New York University, where she focused on colonial Latin America, and graduated from Swarthmore College, sold books at an independent bookstore, and taught elementary-school Spanish. She lives in New York City with her family. Visit her online at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 20, 2024
I Can Read! Level 2: Reading With Help
BISAC categories
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV039000 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | General
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
JUV074000 - Juvenile Fiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories
Family life
Hispanic Americans

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