Featured books by Eric Velasquez

Grandma's Records

By: Eric Velasquez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Product Description: Every summer, Eric goes to live with his grandmother in El Barrio (Spanish Harlem) while his parents work. Through the long hot days, Grandma fills her apartment with the blaring horns and conga drums of Bomba y Plena, salsa, and merengüe — the music she grew up with in Puerto Rico — sharing her memories and passions with Eric. Join Eric Velasquez on a magical journey through time and across cultures, as a young boy's passion for music and art is forged by a powerful bond between generations.

Looking for Bongo

By: Eric Velasquez
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

One morning, the young narrator cannot find his much loved toy, Bongo. He finally finds it but comes up with a smart plan to prevent Bongo from running away again. Lushly hued, expressive illustrations and a narration that incorporates Spanish words and phrases create a memorable family story.

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As Fast as Words Could Fly

By: Pamela Tuck
Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Mason is quietly determined to do his best in spite of the obstacles he faces. One of the few African American students in his school, Mason wins a typing contest on a manual typewriter. The author based this quietly triumphant story on her father's experiences growing up in the 1960s. Realistic illustrations evoke the period and the place.

Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali

By: Jim Haskins
Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

The life and career of world renowned boxer, born Cassius Clay but better known as Muhammed Ali, is presented in a straightforward narrative accompanied by dramatic, realistic paintings.  Though first published in 2002, the information is factual and includes a timeline includes Ali’s 2016 death.

Houdini: World's Greatest Mystery Man & Escape King

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Realistic illustrations and appealing text introduce the life and magical feats of one of the world's greatest showmen and best known magician, Harry Houdini.

Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

By: Beverley Naidoo
Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

A sister and brother travel to Johannesburg in search of their mother as their baby sister becomes ill. On the way, they become aware of what apartheid means for the people in their country.

My Uncle Martin's Words for America

By: Angela Farris Watkins
Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Martin Luther King's niece recalls how the power of her uncle's words and his strength of conviction changed the United States. Realistic illustrations, straightforward language, and factual back matter create an accessible glimpse of the man and his place in history.

Ol' Clip-Clop: A Ghost Story

By: Patricia McKissack
Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

In 1741, mean-hearted John Leep set out to evict a tenant on Friday, October 13th on a cold and very dark evening. As Leep clip-clops to the widow's house on his horse, hoof beats are matched by an unseen rider to and from the house. Dark, dramatic illustrations enhance the truly spooky story with an unexpected ending sure to make readers or listeners jump.

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

By: Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Who was Arturo Alfonso Schomburg? He was an Afro-Puerto Rican man whose thirst for knowledge about his roots led him to collect and manage what would become a great library in New York City. Fluid language informs as handsome, realistic paintings illuminate the highlights of Schomburg’s life and contributions. A timeline and bibliography may inspire other young researchers and booklovers.

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