|Pura Belpre Award|
Mora, P. (2009). Book fiesta! Celebrate children's day/book day. New York,
NY: HaperCollins Children's Books.
This is a fun book to help celebrate children and books. When the author learned that Mexico celebrates El dia del mino (the day of the child) on April 30, she loved the idea and decided to add "books" to the celebration. This beautiful book takes the reader on a whimsical trip. Whether in the library or on a pirate ship - bring your book. Or, you may choose to read in a car, a plane, or a train - just bring your book. Maybe you want to read with lizards, puppies or elephants - make sure you have a book. The author also incorporated Spanish words into the story, aside from writing all the sentences in English and Spanish on each page. A great tribute to children and books!
The big bold illustrations cover both pages with no white space. They are bright and vivid in color and add to the whimsy and magical nature of the book.