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BOOK FIESTA!  by Pat Mora


Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros

by Pat Mora & illustrated by Rafael López

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-128877-7
Publisher: Rayo/HarperCollins

A happy assortment of multicultural children, adults and friendly critters celebrate books and reading in recognition of El día de los niños/El día de los libros. Joyful and vibrant scenes convey the theme of the universal pleasures of reading every day and everywhere—under trees and in boats, on trains and planes, in the car and at the library. Imaginative tours take readers on undersea submarine adventures, floating hot-air balloon voyages and travels through space. The fun continues through the night: “Then, snug in our beds, / we read to the moon / and fly away in our books.” The cheery and effortless dual English/Spanish text instills a festival atmosphere brilliantly expressed in López’s luminous full-page montages of a world of reading opportunities. Mora’s suggestions for celebrations across libraries, schools, bookstores, museums and community close out this gala and inspirational affirmation of “a growing nation of readers.” A great choice for family readings at primary and nursery programs all year long. (Picture book. 3-7)