Books by David Diaz

YES! WE ARE LATINOS! by Alma Flor Ada
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

A poetic celebration of the diversity found among Latinos. Read full book review >
MARTÍN DE PORRES by Gary Schmidt
Released: June 19, 2012

"A visual—and, it must be said, spiritual—delight. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
With images of surpassing beauty and power and a text both simple and lyrical, Diaz and Schmidt tell the life of the first black saint of the Americas. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2012

"Even listeners who aren't quite sure what some of the words mean will enjoy listening to their soothing, sonorous flow and poring over the pictures to find vivid glimpses of their own and others' lives and dreams. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
A moving poem broadens its potential impact with evocative, dreamlike illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Diaz. Read full book review >
ME, FRIDA by Amy Novesky
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Though Kahlo's full, complicated, enigmatic life asks for a more mature audience (see Carmen T. Bernier-Grand's excellent Frida: Viva la Vida, 2007), this serves as a passable introduction. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A lushly painted picture book about the artist Frida Kahlo during her time in San Francisco with her husband, Diego Rivera. Read full book review >
SHARING THE SEASONS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
POETRY
Released: March 9, 2010

"Popsicles…" Good all year round. (Poetry. 7-12)"
Cheery, upbeat and accessible—and lovely to boot. Read full book review >
LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH by Jill Jackson
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The more quickly they learn that everyone can make a difference, the better. (CD, sheet music, history of song and composers, list of peace symbols) (Picture book. 7-10)"
A popular peace anthem makes its picture-book debut, with simple lyrics celebrating the hope for a better world. Read full book review >
OCEAN’S CHILD by Christine Ford
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2009

"For family sharing, storytimes and individual browsing—lovely all around. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In deepening evening, a mother and baby, their fur-trimmed hoods glowing like halos, paddle through waters lit in turn by the setting sun, moon, stars and northern lights. Read full book review >
EL BARRIO by Debbi Chocolate
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"Highly recommended for all collections. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the barrio lives a boy whose sister is getting ready for her quinceañera. Read full book review >
DIEGO by Carmen Bernier-Grand
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2009

"While this effort is not as sublime as its predecessor, it nevertheless makes a worthwhile, if flawed, companion—rather like the man himself. (biographical note, glossary, chronology, sources, "In His Own Words") (Poetry. YA)"
As she did in Frida: Viva la Vida! Read full book review >
THE CASTLE CORONA by Sharon Creech
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"A treat for fans of the genre as well as a captivating introduction to it. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Long ago and far away a royal pouch was dropped in the woods; King Guido became afraid of thieves and poisoners; the peasant children Enzio and Pia became tasters for the king's family; and the contents of the pouch they found revealed their true identities. Read full book review >
POCAHONTAS by Kathleen Krull
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2007

"They lack the specificity of Rosalyn Schanzer's illustrations in John Smith Escapes Again (2006) and leave the question of authenticity unresolved. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Lush jewel tones illustrate this exploration of the short life of one of the most intriguing figures of colonial American history. Read full book review >
COUNTING OVEJAS by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"The expressions on the faces of the sheep and the child, the stunning juxtaposition of shapes and colors, the ingeniously varied ways in which the sheep are transported and the potential for teaching colors and numbers in both English and Spanish make this a winner. (Picture book. 2-6)"
As comfortable and cozy as the fuzzy pink bunny slippers worn by its peaceful, amply-robed night-capped child, this bilingual bed-time sheep-counting story is an auditory and visual delight. Read full book review >
WHO’S THAT BABY? by Sharon Creech
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The colors glow and the shapes, held by his sinuous line and ensorcelled by floral, marine, astral and geometric designs, are a wonder. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Except for the first and last entries, Creech writes all of these poems in first-person baby's voice. Read full book review >
RIN, RIN, RIN, DO, RE, MI by José-Luis Orozci
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: May 1, 2005

"A more literal translation and a musical setting follow the illustrated text. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
Caldecott-winner Diaz's warm, detailed and woodcut-inspired illustrations complement and expand upon Orozco's rhythmic and rhyming texts, a longer one in Spanish, a shorter and more basic one in English. Read full book review >
CÉSAR by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Diaz's softly beautiful and illuminating illustrations add much to this already rich celebration of César's life and legacy. (Poetry/biography. 9-12)"
Aimed at slightly older children than Kathleen Krull's Harvesting Hope (2003), this powerful biography in poems relates incidents in the life of César Chávez with insight and a sense of wonder. Read full book review >
THE GOSPEL CINDERELLA by Joyce Carol Thomas
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Diaz's use of rich bold colors of purples, pinks, and leafy greens in strikingly patterned illustrations is spirited and beautiful, but is not enough to redeem the lackluster text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Those who love reading tales with Cinderella motifs will no doubt want to have this one, however disappointing it might be. Read full book review >
FELIZ NAVIDAD by Jose Feliciano
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The implied stories and the numerous Christmas symbols provide much to discuss, and may well inspire readers to engage in celebrations of their own. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A brief text describing Puerto Rican and international Christmas customs introduces Feliciano's well-known song, written, "one cold North American Christmas season, when at age twenty-four, he was homesick for his native Puerto Rico." Read full book review >
THE POT THAT JUAN BUILT by Nancy Andrews-Goebel
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A lovely and unusual offering. (Nonfiction/picture book. 6+)"
Ingeniously crafted with a three-part structure, this informational picture book tells the story of Juan Quezada of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, who single-handedly rediscovered the processes and materials used by the long-vanished Casas Grandes Indians to create fine pottery. Read full book review >
ANGEL FACE by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2002

"A tribute to the unique beauty of every child and the special love of a mother for her son. (Picture book. 3-7)"
While picking blackberries with his mother, a little boy is enticed by a blue butterfly and wanders away. Read full book review >
ROADRUNNER’S DANCE by Rudolfo Anaya
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Multiple messages about the value of cooperation and respect, the value of individual gifts, and the importance of practice may be too many and too explicit for what seems at heart to be a simple pourquoi tale. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Inspired by his interest in traditional creation stories, the highly respected Anaya (Farolitos for Abuelo, 1999, etc.) teams up with Caldecott medalist Diaz (Jump Rope Magic, p. 390, etc.) to present an original story explaining the existence of that most unusual Southwestern bird, the roadrunner. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARING ALPHABET by Richard Wilbur
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

The joining of the talents of the incandescent Diaz and the wry, venerable Wilbur has produced an enchanting picture book. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SCARECROW BOY by Margaret Wise Brown
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 30, 1998

"The deceptively simple story conveys a powerful and reassuring message. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Diaz softens his palette and simplifies his lines for a story from Brown, about growing up and steadfast parental love. Read full book review >
DECEMBER by Eve Bunting
Kirkus Star
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by David Diaz
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Seen in almost every spread in a glowing palette of rose and gold, she draws the eye and the heart again and again. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An understated holiday story with dazzling art, by the duo behind Smoky Night (1994) and Going Home (1996). Read full book review >
GOING HOME by Eve Bunting
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"An affectionate, but not exceptional offering. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From the Caldecott Medal—winning team behind Smoky Night (1994), the story of a migrant family returning to Mexico for the Christmas holidays. Read full book review >
JUST ONE FLICK OF A FINGER by Marybeth Lorbiecki
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"While a picture book in format, this could be used very effectively with older children. (Picture book. 6-12)"
 In spare verse that echoes the percussive sound of rap music, the story of a boy and a gun. Read full book review >
THE INNER CITY MOTHER GOOSE by Eve Merriam
POETRY
Released: May 1, 1996

 The Inner City Mother Goose ($16.00; May 1, 1996; 70 pp.; 0-689- 80677-9): First published in 1969, Merriam's collection of urban rhymes has not only held its power, but some of the pieces are even more resonant. Read full book review >
WILMA UNLIMITED by Kathleen Krull
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1996

"Rudolph died in 1994; her post-Olympic accomplishments are described in an afterword. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
 Only after reading this book does the subtitle—``How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman''—appear rife with understatement. Read full book review >
SMOKY NIGHT by Eve Bunting
Released: March 1, 1994

"An outstandingly handsome book that represents its subject realistically while underplaying the worst of its horrors; an excellent vehicle for discussion. (Picture book. 4+)"
A noted author (Fly Away Home, 1991) brings all her empathy and creative skill to another timely topic: an inner-city riot. Read full book review >
NEIGHBORHOOD ODES by Gary Soto
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Soto's language leans slightly toward the formal (as befits an ode) and is sprinkled with Spanish words, clear in context but also translated in a glossary. (Poetry. 10-12)"
 The memories and experiences of Hispanic children are celebrated in a collection of short-lined poems from the author of Baseball in April (1990). Read full book review >