Books by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2019

"Positive reflections of children's experiences within Mexican families balance this collection's unevenness. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Bertrand's collection of bilingual poems offers a (mostly) child's view of the surrounding world. Read full book review >
THE STORY CIRCLE / EL CIRCULO DE CUENTOS by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2016

"This fully bilingual title is marginal at best—not recommended. (Bilingual picture book. 5-9)"
After a storm floods their school, a group of racially diverse children is left with no books. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"Benign but bland. (Bilingual picture book. 4-7)"
Darío is excited for his younger brother Ariel's upcoming birthday. How will the family celebrate? Read full book review >
CECILIA AND MIGUEL ARE BEST FRIENDS / CECILIA Y MIGUEL SON MEJORES AMIGOS by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"Nevertheless, an infectiously warm celebration of friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A childhood friendship remains steady and true throughout teenage years and beyond into adult life and marriage. Read full book review >
THERE'S A NAME FOR THIS FEELING / HAY UN NOMBRE PARA LO QUE SIENTO by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Despite a lack of gray area, these educational short stories make for appealing, quick reads. (Short stories. 10-13)"
In a series of short stories that integrate English and Spanish, characters face love, loss and hard decisions, while consequences follow closely behind. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2012

"Sofía's best realization is that her new lifestyle can lead to other positive accomplishments, which helps to cut the didacticism of this good-hearted book. (activity sheet) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A quinceañera and a special purple dress serve as inspiration for a little girl to change her lifestyle with exercise and healthier foods. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"The dual message of nutrition and diversity will probably find its place in today's curriculum and can certainly augment units on food, language and culture. (Picture book. 5-8)"
On the first day of her new school, Adelita learns that vegetables can have similarities and differences, as can new friends. Read full book review >
WE ARE COUSINS/SOMOS PRIMOS by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2007

This joyous bilingual, multicultural celebration of the pleasures of the extended family presents a childlike view of relationships among cousins. Each page contains a simple statement, such as "Our mothers are sisters / Nuestras madres son hermanas," with a facing picture and a related vignette (here with the three sisters together today, and earlier as young women in picture frames). The birthday celebration includes a piñata, and the cousins share pizza. Cousins "pass around clothes that don't fit anymore," "blame each other when something goes wrong" and "all fit inside one of Grandma's hugs." The conclusion, "We are cousins. We are family," nicely sums up the premise of this concept book that will be useful for story times and lessons with the theme of family. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
RICARDO’S RACE/LA CARRERA DE RICARDO by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 31, 2007

This direct and heartwarming biography follows the life of Ricardo Romo from his boyhood in San Antonio, Texas, as the son of small grocers, through his hard work and successes as a high-school and university athlete and into his adult life as a schoolteacher, professor and university president. Focusing both on family love and responsibilities, and his school successes and disappointments (his junior-high counselor suggested he not attend a college-preparatory high school), Bertrand portrays a boy and young man always ready to contribute to his family or team and prepared to push himself as far as he can. Accardo's old-fashioned and realistic artwork suits the time period—the 1940s through the 1960s—with rich colors and strong, simple lines, reminiscent of those in coloring books. Both English and Spanish texts are smooth, inviting and squarely aimed at young readers. (Picture book/biography. 8-11)Read full book review >
LESSONS OF THE GAME by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 30, 1998

A new student teacher and a young San Antonio high school football coach score "a touchdown for love" in this steamy but decorous romance. Before Kaylene Morales even reports to her supervising teacher, she manages to slop mop water over hunky coach Alex Garrison. The relationship develops from there (though it actually began ten years before, when Alex was her older brother's classmate and she had a mad crush on him), into long phone conversations, dinners, passionate necking on the sofa, a falling out while Kaylene frets over Alex's preoccupation with that "hard-hearted wench" football, and finally a climactic clinch and proposal. In the meantime, as Alex juggles his growing love with the heavy demands of Texas football, Kaylene throws out her dull lesson plans for innovative new ones, and endures mild challenges from her students. Romance fans and other tenderhearts will sigh over Bertrand's mauve prose, no matter how unpolished it is. (Fiction. 11-13) Read full book review >