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Featured books by Francisco Alarcón

Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Francisco X. Alarcón

Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems

By: Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by: Maya Christina Gonzalez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Celebrate city life, school, and family while sharing loss, earthquakes and even Ángeles del mar (sea angels) in vivid illustrations and short poems presented in both Spanish and English. Though some poems are distinctly southern Californian, all resonate with universally recognizable emotions.

Animal Poems of the Iguazu

By: Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by: Maya Christina Gonzalez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry

Inspired by a visit to the Iguazu National Park in South America, Francisco X. Alarcón celebrates its animals, skies, waterfalls, and more in these short and vibrant bilingual poems. Each page holds pulsating paintings that swirl and move, further vivifying each poem.

From the Bellybutton of the Moon and other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano

By: Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by: Maya Christina Gonzalez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

The poet remembers summers growing up in Mexico in poems presented in both English and Spanish. Readers meet his family and join them in the everyday joys of the sunny season. Illustrations are as colorful and evocative as the words.

Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems

By: Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by: Maya Christina Gonzalez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Francisco X. Alarcón describes in this book many of his winter experiences growing up in the city of San Francisco, California. He has taken many of his childhood experiences to create fun, creative poems.

Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems

By: Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by: Maya Christina Gonzalez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Vivid images combine with lively language to present a sunny season with its foods, fun and family in short poems in both English and Spanish.

Poems to Dream Together

By: Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by: Paula Barragan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Dreams are for the day and the night. Children dream for themselves as well as their community and their world. Short poems, richly imagined and vibrantly illustrated appear in English and Spanish and are firmly rooted in a child's experience.

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