Books by Elisa Amado

WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT? by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 10, 2014

"An energetic, simple exploration of food's journey from farm to table for today's young locavores. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-5)"
Chepito, an inquisitive little boy, wanders around his agricultural community posing the titular question to the various people he encounters, all laborers involved in food production. Read full book review >
NIGHT SOUNDS by Javier Sobrino
by Javier Sobrino, illustrated by Emilio Urberuaga, translated by Elisa Amado
Released: April 9, 2013

"Bedtime desires are gently portrayed and gathered up until it is indeed sleepy-time in this cuddlesome import. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The animals of the rain forest settle down for sleep, but they are disturbed by the sounds of the night in this cumulative story. Read full book review >
WHAT A PARTY! by Ana Maria Machado
Released: April 1, 2013

"An effervescent celebration of the best possibilities of urban multiculturalism. Readers will want to move right in. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A birthday party demands some pretty careful planning. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2012

"Eye-opening inspiration in this unassuming import from Colombia. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a thought-provoking twist on the usual immigrant story, a village lad elects to stay put. Read full book review >
GUACAMOLE by Jorge Argueta
Released: April 1, 2012

"A bilingual treat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Argueta follows Arroz con leche/Rice Pudding (illustrated by Fernando Vilela, 2010) with another simple, lyrical bilingual recipe for children. Read full book review >
LET'S GO SEE PAPÁ! by Lawrence Schimel
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"While this is clearly a much-needed story that effectively captures the experience faced by many immigrant families, its themes are relevant to all children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl realizes that moving to the United States to live with her father means leaving familiarity behind. Read full book review >
MY TATTOOED DAD by Daniel Nesquens
by Daniel Nesquens, illustrated by Magicomora, translated by Elisa Amado
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"A strange and entertaining affirmation of the parent-child bond. (Picture book. 10-12)"
From Spain, a son's affectionate tribute to his wandering, heavily decorated, yarnspinning father. Read full book review >
WHAT ARE YOU DOING? by Elisa Amado
CLASSICS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Nevertheless, the book captures some of the initial excitement of emergent literacy against a setting too-little seen in North American children's books. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young boy discovers the possibilities of reading on his first day of school. Read full book review >
NO by Claudia Rueda
by Claudia Rueda, illustrated by Claudia Rueda, translated by Elisa Amado
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Little bear's tireless opposition will resonate with every parent, and maybe—just maybe—a toddler or two will learn a lesson along the way. (Picture book. 2-5)"
As she did in My Little Polar Bear (2009), Rueda creates a conversation between mother and cub. Read full book review >
DOGGY SLIPPERS by Jorge Luján
by Jorge Luján, illustrated by Isol, translated by Elisa Amado
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Poetic pet snapshots packaged with panache and translated with aplomb. (Picture book/poetry. 2-5)"
Using suggestions from kids in Mexico and Argentina, Luján crafts this refreshing collection of 12 free-verse poems about children's pets. Read full book review >
WOLF WANTED by Ana Maria Machado
by Ana Maria Machado, illustrated by Laurent Cardon, translated by Elisa Amado
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"With a wink and a nod to fictional wolves worldwide. (facts on wolves) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Manny Wolf is looking for a job. Read full book review >
LOM AND THE GNATTERS by Kurusa
by Kurusa, illustrated by Isabel Ferrer, translated by Elisa Amado
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The bugs are a little adult in their tastes, but the slight story will remind young children of their own experiences with the dreaded comb, and Ferrer's rich, textured illustrations reveal new humorous surprises with each reading. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Inspired by her hairbrush-hating daughter, Venezuelan writer Kurusa sets her cautionary story in an imaginary East African savanna. Read full book review >
TULIP AND LUPIN FOREVER by Mireille Levert
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"As evanescent as its subjects. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Tulip, the watering fairy, and her dog bee, Lupin, are best friends. Read full book review >
OLOYOU by Teresa Cárdenas
by Teresa Cárdenas, illustrated by Margarita Sada, translated by Elisa Amado
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Cárdenas supplies no source note, but her simple, good-humored tale will appeal to young readers and listeners. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Billed a Yoruba myth by the publisher and presented in parallel English and Spanish renditions, this tale from a Cuban storyteller and priestess of the Santería religion explains the origin of comets and the stars. Read full book review >
THE BLACK BOOK OF COLORS by Menena Cottin
COLORS
Released: June 1, 2008

"Fascinating, challenging and lovely. (Picture book. 5 & up)"
"Thomas likes all the colors because he can hear them and smell them and touch them and taste them"—but he can't see them, and this innovative picture book gives sighted children a sense of what that must be like. Read full book review >
LIGHT FOOT/PIES LIGEROS by Natalia Toledo
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"In the hands of a creative teacher or librarian, this could be a strong starting point for an exploration of the symbolic image of Death in different cultures. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Taking her father's eerie engravings featuring Death jumping rope with Man and various animals as inspiration, the writer spins an original story that has a traditional rhythm. Read full book review >
TRICYCLE by Elisa Amado
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"Economic extremes may not be so side-by-side visible in the U.S., but they certainly exist, and children on both sides of the metaphorical hedge would benefit from this invitation to think about that. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A discussion-starter if ever there was one, this brief episode contrasts wealth and poverty in an unnamed Latin American country. Read full book review >
SKY BLUE ACCIDENT/ACCIDENTE CELESTE by Jorge Luján
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

"While not essential, this is a vibrantly presented and provocative exploration of the imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In Luján's free verse poem, a boy on his way to school collides with the sky and breaks it. Read full book review >
SUN STONE DAYS/TONALTIN/DÍAS DE PIEDRA by Elisa Amado
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2007

"Despite its handsome presentation, this is more of a gift book for adults and not one that will help children make sense of the Aztec culture. (Picture book/nonfiction. All ages)"
Fluid brush strokes—more Japanese than Mexican—quickly sketch a jaguar, a buzzard, a dog, a deer, a lizard and other symbols representing the 20 days of the solar month of the ancient Aztecs. Read full book review >
COUSINS by Elisa Amado
by Elisa Amado, illustrated by Luis Garay
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2004

"The tone is earnest, but there is no preaching—and not only will young readers or listeners understand this child's motives, her religious and family issues are sure to spark reflection and discussion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sin, Confession, and Forgiveness are the dominant themes in this spare tale of a bi-cultural child shuttled between worlds. Read full book review >
ROOSTER/GALLO by Jorge Luján
by Jorge Luján, illustrated by Manuel Monroy, translated by Elisa Amado
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"The sharp, evocative language should stir children's imaginations as well as pleasing the adults who may be reading to them and who will almost certainly feel that Luján's poem for children is more delightful than many so-called 'adult' poems. (Picture book/poetry. 2-4)"
Luján's nine-line poem, ably rendered into English by Amado, is a hymn to the coming and going of the day. Read full book review >