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    Tamalitos Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem Bilingual edition Jorge Argueta, Domi, Elisa Amado Canada
    9781773060910 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Cooking & Food Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date: October 01, 2017
    $8.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      In this bilingual cooking poem for young children, Jorge Argueta encourages more creativity and fun in the kitchen as he describes how to make tamalitos from corn masa and cheese, wrapped in cornhusks.

      The book opens with an homage to corn — white, yellow, blue, purple, red and black. In Maya mythology the first men and women are even said to be made of corn. It has been an important food for people in Central America for centuries, and one of the most delicious things you can make using corn masa and husks are tamalitos, or little tamales.

      In simple poetic language, Argueta shows young cooks how to mix and knead the dough before dropping a spoonful into a cornhusk, wrapping it up and then steaming the little package. He once again makes cooking a full sensory experience, including beating on a pot like a drum, dancing the corn dance, delighting in the smell of corn masa … And at the end, he suggests inviting the whole family to come and enjoy the delicious tamalitos “made of corn with love.”

      Domi’s vivid paintings, featuring a sister and her little brother making tamalitos together, are a perfect accompaniment to the colorful text.

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      Jorge Argueta is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He has won the International Latino Book Award, the Américas Book Award, the NAPPA Gold Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction for Juveniles. His books have also been named to the Américas Award Commended List, the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List, Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, was a Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature honor book and an ALA Notable book, and received many other honors. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge Argueta has returned to El Salvador and built a library in his backyard in San Salvador so that children can learn to love books.

      Domi is a well-known Mazateca artist, whose vivid illustrations appear in many children’s books, including The Story of Colors by Zapatista leader Subcomandante Marcos, The Night the Moon Fell (La noche que se cayó la luna) and The Race of Toad and Deer (La carrera del sapo y el venado), both by Pat Mora. She has also illustrated The Girl from Chimel and The Honey Jar, by Rigoberta Menchú and Dante Liano. She lives in Tlaquepaque, Mexico.

      Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.
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      “Even for novice chefs (and readers) the ‘Ummmm’s are easily attainable.” Kirkus Reviews

      “Domi’s paintings communicate plenty of enthusiasm, and readers may feel the pull to ‘Baila la danza del maíz.’” Publishers Weekly

      “Argueta’s latest cooking poem, essentially a recipe, serves up playful prose in both Spanish and English, and is complemented by Domi’s broadly stroked, saturated watercolors.” Booklist

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    Series: Bilingual Cooking Poems
    Salsa Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem Jorge Argueta, Duncan Tonatiuh, Elisa Amado Canada
    9781773060033 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Cooking & Food Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date: March 01, 2017
    $8.95 CAD 7.25 x 10.5 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      In this new cooking poem, Jorge Argueta brings us a fun and easy recipe for a yummy salsa. A young boy and his sister gather the ingredients and grind them up in a molcajete, just like their ancestors used to do, singing and dancing all the while.

      The children imagine that their ingredients are different parts of an orchestra — the tomatoes are bongos and kettledrums, the onion, a maraca, the cloves of garlic, trumpets and the cilantro, the conductor. They chop and then grind these ingredients in the molcajete, along with red chili peppers for the “hotness” that is so delicious, finally adding a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of salt. When they are finished, their mother warms tortillas and their father lays out plates, as the whole family, including the cat and dog, dance salsa in mouth-watering anticipation.

      Winner of the International Latino Book Award for Guacamole, Jorge Argueta has once again written a recipe-poem that families will delight in.

      Each book in the cooking poem series features a talented illustrator from the Latino world. In Salsa the text is complemented by the rich, earthy illustrations of multiple award-winning illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh. His interest in honoring the art of the past in contemporary contexts is evident in these wonderful illustrations, which evoke the pre-Columbian Mixtec codex.

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      Jorge Argueta is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He has won the International Latino Book Award, the Américas Book Award, the NAPPA Gold Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction for Juveniles. His books have also been named to the Américas Award Commended List, the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List, Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, was a Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature honor book and an ALA Notable book, and received many other honors. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge Argueta has returned to El Salvador and built a library in his backyard in San Salvador so that children can learn to love books.

      Duncan Tonatiuh is an author and illustrator of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including The Princess and the Warrior, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, Dear Primo and Diego Rivera. He won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for Separate Is Never Equal, and Funny Bones was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. Other awards include the Pura Belpré Illustration Award and the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, and commendations from the Américas Award and Notable Books for a Global Society. He lives in San Miguel Allende, Mexico.

      Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.
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    Series: Bilingual Cooking Poems
    Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem Jorge Argueta, Rafael Yockteng
    9781773060026 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Cooking & Food Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date: March 01, 2017
    $8.95 CAD 10.5 x 7.25 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      This delightful recipe in poem form shows us all, young and old, how to make a heartwarming, tummy-filling bean soup — from gathering the beans, onions and garlic to letting them swim in the pot until the house smells wonderful and it’s time for supper.

      A young boy helps his mother prepare a soup the whole family will enjoy using ingredients from Mother Earth. Onions are “yellow as the dawn,” beans are like stars spread out on the “sky of the table” and the water in the pot is “as deep as a little lake.” While the soup is cooking, the boy buries the cooking scraps under a tree in the yard “so Mother Earth keeps on growing flavors.”

      Simply written, yet full of vivid imagery, Jorge Argueta’s verse and Rafael Yockteng’s animated illustrations make preparing bean soup a fun, almost magical experience. This book is a great family recipe/poem for those who already love bean soup — it is a comfort food for many — and for those who are looking for a delicious new healthy food.

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      Jorge Argueta is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He has won the International Latino Book Award, the Américas Book Award, the NAPPA Gold Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction for Juveniles. His books have also been named to the Américas Award Commended List, the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List, Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, was a Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature honor book and an ALA Notable book, and received many other honors. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge Argueta has returned to El Salvador and built a library in his backyard in San Salvador so that children can learn to love books.

      Rafael Yockteng has illustrated many highly acclaimed children’s books, including Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta (USBBY Outstanding International Books) and Jimmy the Greatest! (six starred reviews), Two White Rabbits (three starred reviews), Walk with Me (three starred reviews, Kirkus Prize shortlist) and On the Other Side of the Garden (three starred reviews) by Jairo Buitrago. Together, Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest, and their books have been included on IBBY’s Honor List, “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Rafael lives in Bogotá.

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    Arroz con leche / Rice Pudding Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem Jorge Argueta, Fernando Vilela, Elisa Amado Canada
    9781554988877 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Cooking & Food Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from PK - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date: March 01, 2016
    $8.95 CAD 7.25 x 10.5 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Now available in paperback, Arroz con leche / Rice Pudding is the second title of Jorge Argueta’s popular bilingual Cooking Poems series, celebrating the joys of preparing, eating and sharing food.

      From sprinkling the rice into the pot, to adding a waterfall of milk, cinnamon sticks, salt stars and sugar snow, Jorge Argueta’s recipe is not only easy to follow, it is a poetic experience. The lively illustrations by Fernando Vilela feature an enthusiastic young cook who finds no end of joy in making and then slurping up the rice pudding with his family.

      As in all the titles in this series, Arroz con leche / Rice Pudding conveys the pleasure of making something delicious to eat for people you really love. A great book for families to enjoy together.

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      Jorge Argueta is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He has won the International Latino Book Award, the Américas Book Award, the NAPPA Gold Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction for Juveniles. His books have also been named to the Américas Award Commended List, the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List, Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, was a Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature honor book and an ALA Notable book, and received many other honors. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge Argueta has returned to El Salvador and built a library in his backyard in San Salvador so that children can learn to love books.

      Fernando Vilela is a Brazilian illustrator who has illustrated numerous children's books. He has won the Jabuti Award (Brazil's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) in three categories for Lampiao e Lancelote. This book was also selected for the IBBY Honor list and received a special mention from the New Horizons Bologna Ragazzi Award. He has also won many FNLIJ (Brazilian branch of IBBY) awards and was selected for the Bratislava International Illustration Bienal. Fernando lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.
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    Guacamole Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem Jorge Argueta, Margarita Sada, Elisa Amado Canada
    9781554988884 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Cooking & Food Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from PK - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date: March 01, 2016
    $8.95 CAD 7.25 x 10.5 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Now available in paperback, Guacamole is the third title of Jorge Argueta’s popular bilingual Cooking Poems series, celebrating the joys of preparing, eating and sharing food.

      Guacamole originated in Mexico with the Aztecs and has long been popular in North America, especially in recent years due to the many health benefits of avocados. This version of the recipe is easy to make, calling for just avocados, limes, cilantro and salt. A little girl dons her apron, singing and dancing around the kitchen as she shows us what to do. Poet Jorge Argueta sees beauty, magic and fun in everything around him — avocados are like green precious stones, salt falls like rain, cilantro looks like a little tree and the spoon that scoops the avocado from its skin is like a tractor.

      As in all the titles in this series, Guacamole conveys the pleasure of making something delicious to eat for people you really love. A great book for families to enjoy together.

      Bio

      Jorge Argueta is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He has won the International Latino Book Award, the Américas Book Award, the NAPPA Gold Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction for Juveniles. His books have also been named to the Américas Award Commended List, the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List, Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, was a Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature honor book and an ALA Notable book, and received many other honors. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge Argueta has returned to El Salvador and built a library in his backyard in San Salvador so that children can learn to love books.

      Margarita Sada is a well-known Mexican artist who has illustrated other stories that derive from Yoruba mythology, such as the award-winning Venir del Mar by Jose Alberto Caban. Many of her books have been selected for Mexico's SEP Libros del Rincon program, which provides books to school children throughout the country. She lives in Mexico City.Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.
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      Praise for Guacamole:

      "A bilingual treat." — Kirkus Book Reviews

      "Sada’s digitally enhanced oil paintings create bold contrasts with their festive colors—readers will practically be able to taste the 'sour river of lime'" — Publishers Weekly

      "The illustrations are delightful, making each ingredient special and memorable." — Junior Library at SLJ

      "This vibrant and lively poem is perfect for encouraging children to engage with cooking and food preparation..." — CM Magazine

      "Groundwood Books (Libros Tigrillo) never fails to deliver beautiful stories filled with culture and warmth." — Latin Baby Book Club

      "Argueta’s poetic imagination transforms big, beautiful avocados into 'green precious stones,' cilantro into 'little trees,' the mixing spoon into a tractor scoop..." — Jama's Alphabet Soup

      "I love the way this book shows cooking as something we can do with our family, and also something we can do for our family, and regardless, is connected to togetherness." — Pickle Me This Blog

      "This fanciful, imaginative narrative is as much poetry as it is a recipe." — SLJ

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    What Are You Doing? Elisa Amado Canada, Manuel Monroy
    9781773060040 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 3 - 7 Publication Date: March 01, 2017
    $8.95 CAD 8 x 7 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Before he leaves for his first day of school, Chepito runs outside to play. He comes across all kinds of people in his neighborhood who are reading. “Why, why, why?” he sings, and they each have a different answer for him, whether it’s a man reading a newspaper, a young girl enjoying a comic, a couple of tourists consulting a guidebook or an archeologist studying hieroglyphics. Later that day, Chepito discovers the fun of reading for himself, and he even brings home a book to share with his little sister.

      Elisa Amado has written a perfect introduction to the pleasures and uses of the written word. Set in a delightfully retro world by illustrator Manuel Monroy, this book is a true celebration of reading.

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      Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.

      Manuel Monroy is one of Mexico’s most celebrated illustrators who has exhibited his art in Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands and Japan. He has won the A la Orilla del Viento and the Noma Concours Encouragement Prize, and he has been included on the IBBY Honour List. His illustrations appear in Rooster / Gallo, Be a Baby (Se un bebé), When I Was a Boy Neruda Called Me Policarpo, What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That? He lives in Mexico City.

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    Walk with Me Jairo Buitrago, Rafael Yockteng, Elisa Amado Canada
    9781554988570 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date: March 01, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 9.06 x 9.06 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A simple, imaginative story depicting the complex emotional reality of a girl whose father no longer lives at home.

      The girl conjures up an imaginary companion — a lion — who will join her on the long walk home from school. He will help her to pick up her baby brother from daycare and shop at the store (which has cut off the family’s credit), and he’ll keep her company all along the way until she is safely home. He will always come back when she needs him, unlike her father whom she sees only in a photograph — a photograph in which he clearly resembles a lion.

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      Jairo Buitrago is a children’s book author who has collaborated with Rafael Yockteng on several picture books, including Jimmy the Greatest! (six starred reviews), Two White Rabbits (three starred reviews) and Walk with Me (three starred reviews, Kirkus Prize shortlist). They won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest for the Spanish edition of Walk with Me, which was also named to IBBY’s Honor List. Their books have also appeared on “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Jairo lives in Mexico City.

      Rafael Yockteng has illustrated many highly acclaimed children’s books, including Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta (USBBY Outstanding International Books) and Jimmy the Greatest! (six starred reviews), Two White Rabbits (three starred reviews), Walk with Me (three starred reviews, Kirkus Prize shortlist) and On the Other Side of the Garden (three starred reviews) by Jairo Buitrago. Together, Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest, and their books have been included on IBBY’s Honor List, “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Rafael lives in Bogotá.

      Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.
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      Awards
      Kirkus Prize 2017, Short-listed
      School Library Journal Best Books 2017, Commended
      Kirkus Best Picture Books 2017, Commended
      New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017, Commended
      Denver Public Library Best Children's & Teen Books 2017, Commended
      ALSC Notable Children's Books 2018, Commended
      Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of the Year 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      Emotionally resonant in the loveliest of ways.
      The richly colored, expressionistic multimedia illustrations add a great deal of depth to the minimal text.
      With guided discussion, youngsters can see beyond the deceptive simplicity of this poignant story. A strong choice for all collections.
      The duo behind Two White Rabbits returns with another compassionate portrait of a child negotiating difficult circumstances with grace.
      "Walk With Me" is refreshingly original, consistently entertaining, and very highly recommended.
      Buitrago and Yockteng present a beautiful and complex story of courage and hope where there seems to be none.
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    Rooster / Gallo Bilingual edition Jorge Luján, Manuel Monroy, Elisa Amado Canada
    9781554989362 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 2, Grade (US) from P, Reading age from 2 Publication Date: October 01, 2016
    $8.95 CAD 8.13 x 7.63 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 150 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      The song of the rooster draws forth the universe and gives way to the dance of beings and objects as day draws its first brilliant breath. Written in Spanish and English, this book is so supremely simple that a baby can delight in it, and yet so complex that an adult reader can find joy in the poem and beautiful images over and over again.

      Jorge Luján dreamed this myth and, when he wrote it, understood that the rooster is the poet of the day. Manuel Monroy dipped his pen in the ink of the night and, when he withdrew it, found it was spangled with stars.

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      Jorge Luján is an author, poet and musician who has published forty-four books and recorded eight CDs. With many of the world’s greatest illustrators, he has created an outstanding body of work — translated into 15 languages — including Stephen and the Beetle, illustrated by Chiara Carrer; Doggy Slippers and Numeralia, illustrated by Isol; Colors! ¡Colores!, illustrated by Piet Grobler; Moví la mano / I Moved My Hand, illustrated by Mandana Sadat; and Brunhilda and the Ring, illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber. Jorge has just published his first novel, Salando el río con una cucharita (Salting the River with a Teaspoon). Among other distinctions, he has won the Premio de Poesía para Niños de ALIJA (IBBY Argentina) and has been nominated four times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. See more of his work on Facebook (Jorge Luján. Poesía y Música), on the Jorge Luján YouTube channel, on his Bandcamp page, Soundcloud and jorgelujan.net.

      Manuel Monroy is one of Mexico’s most celebrated illustrators who has exhibited his art in Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands and Japan. He has won the A la Orilla del Viento and the Noma Concours Encouragement Prize, and he has been included on the IBBY Honour List. His illustrations appear in Rooster / Gallo, Be a Baby (Se un bebé), When I Was a Boy Neruda Called Me Policarpo, What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That? He lives in Mexico City.

      Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.
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      Awards
      Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
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    Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds Jorge Argueta, Alfonso Ruano, Elisa Amado Canada
    9781554988495 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 7 - 12, Grade (US) from 2 - 7, Reading age from 7 - 12 Publication Date: October 01, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 9.25 x 8.5 in | 36 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central America. This book of poetry helps us to understand why and what it is like to be them.

      This powerful book by award-winning Salvadoran poet Jorge Argueta describes the terrible process that leads young people to undertake the extreme hardships and risks involved in the journey to what they hope will be a new life of safety and opportunity. A refugee from El Salvador’s war in the eighties, Argueta was born to explain the tragic choice confronting young Central Americans today who are saying goodbye to everything they know because they fear for their lives. This book brings home their situation and will help young people who are living in safety to understand those who are not.

      Compelling, timely and eloquent, this book is beautifully illustrated by master artist Alfonso Ruano who also illustrated The Composition, considered one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic’s Parent and Child Magazine.

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      Jorge Argueta is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He has won the International Latino Book Award, the Américas Book Award, the NAPPA Gold Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction for Juveniles. His books have also been named to the Américas Award Commended List, the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List, Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, was a Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature honor book and an ALA Notable book, and received many other honors. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge Argueta has returned to El Salvador and built a library in his backyard in San Salvador so that children can learn to love books.

      Alfonso Ruano is the illustrator of The Composition by Antonio Skármeta, winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the UNESCO Tolerance Award and an Américas Award Commended title; Tricycle (El triciclo) by Elisa Amado, a USBBY Outstanding International Book; and Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds by Jorge Argueta, which was featured on many lists, including USBBY’s Outstanding International Books and ALA Notable Children’s Books. After three decades as the art director for Grupo SM, the world’s largest publisher of Spanish-language children’s books, he has left to devote more time to illustration and painting.

      Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      NCTE Notable Poetry List 2017, Commended
      SLJ's Top 10 Latinx 2016, Commended
      USBBY's Outstanding International Books List 2017, Commended
      ALA Notable Children's Books 2017, Commended
      Booklist Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Youth 2017, Commended
      Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List 2017, Commended
      Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award 2017, Winner
      Américas Award 2017, Commended
      Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature Honor Book 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      With tenderness and humanity, this bilingual book describes the hopes, fears, and uncertainties of the thousands of displaced children that arrive every year at the southern border of the United States . . . Poignant, heartbreaking, and sadly, timely.
      Argueta and Ruano present a unique and much-needed perspective on the reasons driving young people to immigrate to the U.S. … extremely vital.
      A much-needed jumping-off point for elementary classroom discussions of refugees and immigration.
      Delicately illustrated and painstakingly presented, Somos como las nubes/ We are Like the Clouds is highly recommended, compassionate reading.
      Ruano's lush paintings feature surreal flourishes … as well as haunting images of families crossing deserts and crowding onto trains. A sobering but hopeful collection.
      The poems are vivid and accessible, and Ruano’s earth-toned acrylic illustrations show people on the move who are both fragile and strong at the same time.
      The poems … present the candid perspective of the children's experiences … Delicate illustrations include both realistic portrayals and surreal depictions that complement the textual imagery.
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    Dos conejos blancos Jairo Buitrago, Rafael Yockteng
    9781554989034 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from k - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date: October 01, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 8.86 x 8.27 in | 56 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the US border.

      They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn’t know where they are going. She counts the animals by the road, the clouds in the sky, the stars. Sometimes she sees soldiers. She sleeps, dreaming that she is always on the move, although sometimes they are forced to stop and her father has to earn more money before they can continue their journey.

      As many thousands of people, especially children, in Mexico and Central America continue to make the arduous journey to the US border in search of a better life, this is an important book that shows a young migrant’s perspective.

      Bio

      Jairo Buitrago is a children’s book author who has collaborated with Rafael Yockteng on several picture books, including Jimmy the Greatest! (six starred reviews), Two White Rabbits (three starred reviews) and Walk with Me (three starred reviews, Kirkus Prize shortlist). They won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest for the Spanish edition of Walk with Me, which was also named to IBBY’s Honor List. Their books have also appeared on “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Jairo lives in Mexico City.

      Rafael Yockteng has illustrated many highly acclaimed children’s books, including Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta (USBBY Outstanding International Books) and Jimmy the Greatest! (six starred reviews), Two White Rabbits (three starred reviews), Walk with Me (three starred reviews, Kirkus Prize shortlist) and On the Other Side of the Garden (three starred reviews) by Jairo Buitrago. Together, Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest, and their books have been included on IBBY’s Honor List, “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Rafael lives in Bogotá.

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      This beautiful, understated story is extremely important right now; it will resonate with many and open the eyes of children unfamiliar with the experience of immigration.

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