Books by Gabriela Baeza Ventura

DALIA'S WONDROUS HAIR / EL CABELLO MARAVILLOSO DE DALIA by Laura Lacámara
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2014

"A delightful account of one fanciful little girl's enchanted day in Cuba. (Bilingual picture book. 3-6)"
One magical morning, Dalia awakes to find her hair has grown up toward the sky, "tall and thick as a Cuban royal palm tree." Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 30, 2013

"This straightforward presentation of Mexican-American culture and dance as celebrated by children has understated appeal. (Bilingual picture book. 5-8)"
First-grader Lupita faces a tough decision in this bilingual story set in the American Southwest when she is suddenly left without a dancing partner for her school celebration of Children's Day/el Día del Niño. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 30, 2013

"Weak character development, poor design and graceless art will leave readers dissatisfied. (Bilingual picture book. 3-6)"
A disappointing bilingual offering. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 30, 2013

"Short and sweet, this book is a good choice for reluctant and early readers, while its humorous content will appeal to fans of comedy. Chuckle-inducing fun. (Mystery. 6-9)"
A bilingual early chapter book inducts a new character into the pantheon of precocious child detectives. Read full book review >
Released: May 31, 2013

"A worthwhile, eco-friendly bilingual edition. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A grandmother's vision and instruction inspires a little girl to change the desolate look of her inner-city neighborhood by encouraging the community to plant a series of vegetable gardens. Read full book review >
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 >
Released: May 31, 2012

"The simplicity of the suggested idea that homemade fruit juice will always be fun to make and delicious to drink is appealing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The fruit-blended juice drinks known as aguas frescas offered at a fair inspire a little girl and her mother to serve their own version after soccer practice. Read full book review >
Released: May 31, 2012

"Though the focus on sugar is apparent, an underlining theme of balancing nutrition with exercise rounds out the purpose-filled story told with a fluent dual English and Spanish text. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A risk of family diabetes prompts Tía Sofía to teach her nieces and nephews about alternatives to sugar when choosing meals and snacks. Read full book review >
Released: April 30, 2012

"Mild chills in either language. (Short stories. 10-12)"
"La Llorona" and other traditional bugaboos from Mexican-American lore find modern young victims in this bilingual set of South Texas tales. Read full book review >
CLARA AND THE CURANDERA / <i>CLARA Y LA CURANDERA</i> by Monica Brown
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A charming tale almost any child (and parent) can relate to. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In Brown's latest bilingual offering, a grumpy little Latina girl gets a subtle lesson in caring, sharing and the pleasures of reading. Read full book review >
GRANDMA'S CHOCOLATE / EL CHOCOLATE DE ABUELITA by Mara Price
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 30, 2010

Sabrina's much-loved grandmother's latest visit from Mexico is filled with gifts and interesting tidbits about chocolate, Mayan culture and history. Read full book review >

GROWING UP WITH TAMALES/LOS TAMALES DE ANA by Gwendolyn Zepeda
FICTION
Released: May 31, 2008

Six-year-old Ana can't wait until she is eight, so she can be more grown-up like her big sister Lidia. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2006

Once again an animal plays a central role in Villaseñor's story, but this time the other characters are human. Read full book review >

PEPITA PACKS UP/PEPITA EMPACA by Ofelia Dumas Lachtman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

On moving day, Pepita does not want to say goodbye to her friends and neighbors because doing so makes her cry. Read full book review >