Illustrated by :Marissa Valdez
Audience:Children: Age (years) 6 - 9, Grade (US) 1 - 4
Dimensions:8.81in x 6.81 x 0.52 in | 0.84 lb
Page Count:76 pages
Illustrations:FULL COLOR SPOTS THROUGHOUT
DEBUT AUTHOR: Esme’s Birthday Conga Line is the first book from talented and exciting new author Lourdes Heuer. Her first picture book, On This Airplane, is publishing in Fall 2022
DIVERSE CAST: Esme is Latina and the rest of the characters are Latinx.
PLUCKY, DELIGHTFUL CHARACTER: Esme is confident, plucky, a bit bossy and very fun.
ECONOMIC DIVERSITY: Esme’s “topmost best building” is a fairly run-down small apartment building.
UP-AND-COMING ILLUSTRATOR: Marissa Valdez is new on the scene and has already had a picture book go to an auction.
FIRST IN A SERIES: More Esme to come!
One of Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2022
One of Chicago Public Library’s Best Fiction Books for Young Readers 2022
One of Betsy Bird’s Best 2022 Early Chapter Book picks
“[H]umorous and heartwarming…Readers will look forward to more adventures with Esme in this welcome addition to early chapter book collections.” —School Library Journal
“[T]he playful text features zippy dialogue, bullet-pointed lists, and plenty of pleasing repetition for beginning readers…Like the best bashes, this early-reader series debut is amusing and inviting.” —Booklist
"This book sticks into your head and you keep wanting more.” —The BabySpot
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