Books by Juan Felipe Herrera

JABBERWALKING by Juan Felipe Herrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"An uncommon DIY for exuberant rule breakers. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In the spirit of Alice's madcap adventure down the rabbit hole, this stream-of-consciousness, metafictive exploration of the poetic process dips in and out of imagined reality as easily as the Cheshire Cat winks in and out of sight. Read full book review >
PORTRAITS OF HISPANIC AMERICAN HEROES by Juan Felipe Herrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A worthy introduction to some of the Hispanic-Americans who have left their marks on the country and culture through their commitment and dedication. (Biography. 8-12)"
Short and engaging biographies of 20 inspirational Hispanic-Americans from fields as varied as sports, arts, sciences, politics, and teaching. Read full book review >
SKATEFATE by Juan Felipe Herrera
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2011

"Only one thing is certain—readers expecting a skating account are in for a wipeout. (Poetry. 12 & up)"
Short diary entries and a series of confident, colorful poems introduce readers to Lucky, a wheelchair-bound former skater and drag racer who became paralyzed after a car accident. Read full book review >
DOWNTOWN BOY by Juan Felipe Herrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A poignant and lyrical look into a transient existence that may still apply today. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Ten-year-old Juanito, son of migrant workers, is always the new kid. Read full book review >
CINNAMON GIRL by Juan Felipe Herrera
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"The Puerto Rican flavor of this lyrical, authentic novella will appeal to urban Latinas especially, but anyone touched by the events of September 11 will relate to Yolanda's story. (Fiction. YA)"
Yolanda's grasp on reality crumbles along with the World Trade Center after her beloved Uncle DJ is injured on September 11. Read full book review >
FEATHERLESS/DESPLUMADO by Juan Felipe Herrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Both Spanish and English texts are direct, inviting, and expressive. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Like his pet bird Desplumado, featherless and with a drawn-in foot, Tomasito can't fly. Read full book review >
LAUGHING OUT LOUD, I FLY by Juan Felipe Herrera
NONFICTION
Released: May 31, 1998

"This is poetry to read aloud, to read quickly, to understand more with the heart than with the head. (Poetry. 12-14)"
Citing Picasso's Hunk of Skin as his inspiration, Herrera (Calling the Doves/El Canto de las Palomas, 1995) offers 22 poems in facing English and Spanish versions, printed over Barbour's pale, floating figures of images from Mexican folk art. Read full book review >