Books by Maya Christina Gonzalez

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2017

"This posthumously published bilingual collection will be welcomed by Alarcón's many admirers. (illustrator's note, introduction) (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Set within a loose mythological framework, each poem is partnered with a day of the week, playing with its etymology in both Spanish and English. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Inspiring and peacefully thought-provoking. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In sweeping lyrical prose—in both English and Spanish—a little girl describes her special relationship with the river she loves, which loves her in return. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Stunning. (Picture book/poetry. 9-12)"
This eye-catching combination of brilliant illustrations and eloquently crafted bilingual poems celebrates the animal life and natural beauty of the rainforest. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

Trying to find color and beauty in her childhood world of the California Mojave Desert, Maya (the author/illustrator as a young girl) uses her artistic propensities to seek out objects that stand out from their dusty surroundings. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Sweet, realistic, comforting. (author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 6-9)"
After their grandfather's death, grandmother Nana comes from Mexico to California to live for a while, and her six grandchildren hope that their family's construction of a chicken coop for a swarm of new chicks will help her move beyond her loss. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Very nicely done. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In an autobiographical outing written in English and Spanish, Amada tells her diary all about her fear of moving from her home in Juárez, Mexico, to not only a new town, but also a new country. Read full book review >
FIESTA FEMENINA by Mary-Joan Gerson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A celebration not only of the strength and complexity of Mexican women, but of the richness, vibrancy, and miraculous qualities of Mexican culture. (Folklore. 8+)"
Drawing on rich strands of Mexican culture, these smoothly told folktales celebrate women, ranging from mythical goddesses to the historical Malintzen (a.k.a. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1997

"An accessible, open-hearted collection."
An energetic cast of characters in 20 short, freely styled poems in both English and Spanish help readers "see everything for the first time." Read full book review >