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Featured books by George Ancona

Join George Ancona, award-winning photo-essayist, as he shares his explorations and interests with readers. Travel the world, meet fascinating people of all ages, and explore unique cultures. You'll be right there with the images of George Ancona!

Barrio: Jose's Neighborhood/Barrio: El barrio de Jose

By: George Ancona
Illustrated by: George Ancona
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

José lives in a diverse neighborhood where he's just as likely to hear Spanish, English, or Chinese. The appealing photographs in this book document José's life at home, at school, and on the streets of his colorful barrio in San Francisco, a city that is a dynamic mosaic of different cultures. Available in a Spanish.

Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art!

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A trip to Brazil inspired this look at a unique sport called "capoeira." The result is a compelling journey into capoeira's history and its popularity around the world. The book begins with students at an academy in Oakland, California. Well-placed and -paced, full-color photographs chronicle this amazing activity.

Carnaval

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Share the five days of Carnaval revelry — beginning with the lengthy preparations in Olinda, a northeastern Brazilian city. The book features stunning photographs and crisp text, handsomely formatted.

Charro: The Mexican Cowboy

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Visit Guadalajara, Mexico and live for a day in the life of a Mexican horseman during the celebration known as el día del charro. In this photo-essay, Ancona discusses the training necessary to become a charro or a charra.

Cowboys: Roundup on an American Ranch

By: George Ancona, Joan Anderson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Life on a cattle farm is both a grind and a thrill. Share both with the Eby family on their working ranch in New Mexico as they share the commotion of spring cattle roundup where everyone — including the kids — works diligently.

Cuban Kids

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Meet kids in Cuba as they work, play, and go to school. They live in cities and in the country, similar to other children around the world. A straightforward text is expanded by the crisp, varied photographs.

Earth Daughter: Alicia of Acoma Pueblo

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Alicia, a member of the Ácoma Pueblo in New Mexico, learns the art of pottery from her parents in this photo essay from George Ancona. Follow Alicia throughout the entire process of making pottery, from shale collecting in the canyon to the formation and decoration of pots.

Fiesta Fireworks

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Caren and her family prepare for the festival of San Juan de Dios in Tultepec, a Mexican town noted for its fireworks. Full color photographs and lively text capture many aspects of this exciting tradition.

Fiesta U.S.A.

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Full color photographs and informative text introduce four Hispanic holidays that are celebrated in the United States, including the Day of the Dead and Las Posadas. Each celebration is photographed in a different U.S. city.

Handtalk Zoo

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Ancona's thoughtful color photographs capture the spirit, movement, and the form of basic finger spelling used by the deaf (and by hearing children) as a group of kids go on an adventure to the zoo.

Handtalk: An ABC of Finger Spelling and Sign Language

By: George Ancona, Remy Charlip
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

George Ancona's colorful photographs capture the spirit, movement, and form of basic finger spelling used by the deaf and often learned by hearing children as well.

Harvest

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Readers learn of Mexican migrant workers' difficult lives in this photo-documentary. Despite backbreaking labor in poor conditions, the workers take pride in what they do and struggle to help their families get ahead.

Mayeros: A Yucatec Maya Family

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Visit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula to meet several generations of Mayan Indians, learn a bit about their history, culture, and contemporary life in this riveting portrait in pictures and words.

Murals: Walls That Sing

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ancona takes a look at Latino and Hispanic murals within the United States in this fascinating photo-essay. The photos vary between broad shots, close-ups that reveal details, and images of a variety of people either creating or viewing the paintings.

Ole! Flamenco

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The rich history of the dance known as flamenco is explored in crisp text and dynamic photographs. Readers then learn more about specific aspects of flamenco when introduced to a young dancer named Janira Cordova. Ancona's affection for his subject — people as well as the art form — is evident throughout this informative book.

Pablo Remembers

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This compelling photo essay from George Ancona follows the preparations of young Pablo and his family for the Day of the Dead as they remember Pablo's grandmother. Ancona's photos cover a wide range of the family's activities, from a trip to the market to the family altar overflowing with marigolds. Ancona offers readers an authentic glimpse of daily life in Oaxaca, Mexico, as well as a sense of the love and care with which the family prepares for the celebration. Spanish version available.

Powwow

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

What do the colors, sights, and spectacle of a powwow mean to a present-day boy? A contemporary powwow transforms Anthony Standing Rock from a modern kid in a t-shirt to a powerful dancer at this Crow gathering in Montana.

The Aquarium Book

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Take a tour through four national aquariums and learn how they are set up, the educational displays they offer, and what sort of things a visitor will see.

The Pinata Maker

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Fiestas often involve puppets, masks, and piñatas. Meet Tío Rico, the elderly piñata maker in a Mexican town, whose artful creations are shown from start to finish in this handsomely photographed book. The text is presented in both Spanish and English.

Viva Mexico!

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Mexico's culture, history, and spirit are revealed through The Foods, The Fiestas, The Folk Arts, The Past, and The People. Each volume — whether focusing on food or art, ancient beginnings, or current conflicts — captures the many flavors and traditions of the land and its people.

Books illustrated by George Ancona

A Williamsburg Household

By: Joan Anderson
Illustrated by: George Ancona
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This fictionalized story tells of a slave who lived and worked in Colonial Williamsburg. The straightforward text and dramatic photographs bring the history of the time to life.

Barrio: Jose's Neighborhood/Barrio: El barrio de Jose

By: George Ancona
Illustrated by: George Ancona
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

José lives in a diverse neighborhood where he's just as likely to hear Spanish, English, or Chinese. The appealing photographs in this book document José's life at home, at school, and on the streets of his colorful barrio in San Francisco, a city that is a dynamic mosaic of different cultures. Available in a Spanish.

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