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Books illustrated by Rafael López

Book Fiesta!

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Rafael López
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Even though there's a special day called Children's Day/Book Day, children and books can be celebrated everyday and in any place as is demonstrated in this vibrant book. Energetic illustrations show a wide range of children and animals playing, reading, and just plain having fun with each other and with books.

My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz

By: Monica Brown
Illustrated by: Rafael López
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The beautiful artwork of this award-winning picture book about salsa queen Celia Cruz practically jumps off the page, and conveys the spirit and rhythmic energy of her music. Learn about Cruz's childhood in Havana and her entry into the world of salsa music from vibrant illustrations and text presented in English and Spanish.

Our California

By: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Illustrated by: Rafael López
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Visit some of the most special places in California, from the big (San Francisco) to the small (San Juan Capistrano) and everything in between! Vibrant and whimsical illustrations from Rafael López create a vivid impression of how a child might remember California's unforgettable natural and man-made wonders.

The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred

By: Samantha Vamos
Illustrated by: Rafael López
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In the playful cadence of "The House that Jack Built, "a pot stirred by a maiden and her farm animals is used to create a tasty arroz con leche. Spanish words are used throughout but will be easily understood by all. A recipe and glossary complete this cheery, rhythmic tale.

Tito Puente, Mambo King

By: Monica Brown
Illustrated by: Rafael López
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Tito Puente was born to be a musician. He grew up to become the Mamba King to whose music people danced the mambo, rumba and cha-cha. Rhythmic language and animated illustrations briefly present Tito's life and the impact of music throughout.

¡Yum! & ¡Mmmm! ¡Qué Rico!

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Rafael López
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Celebrate the native foods of the Americas — peanuts, blueberries, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and more — through haiku poetry and stunning artwork from award-winning illustrator Rafael López.

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