Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré


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8.7 X 11.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Anika Aldamuy Denise is the celebrated author of many picture books, including The Love Letter; Pura Belpré Honor-winning Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré; Starring Carmen!; Lights, Camera, Carmen!; and Monster Trucks. She lives in Rhode Island with her family. Visit Anika online at

Paola Escobar, the illustrator of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, grew up traveling from town to town in Colombia. From a very young age she liked to draw the stories her grandmother Clara told about her ancestors, the countryside, and animals. Today, Paola is an illustrator who is passionate about telling stories of her own, having published with SM Spain, Planeta, Norma, and more. She lives very happily in Bogotá, Colombia, with her husband and their dog, Flora.


"Belpré's story is told in rhythmic language with a good dose of Spanish sprinkled throughout. Escobar's vibrant illustrations are filled with details that help bring to life the story of this remarkable librarian."--Kirkus Reviews
"Denise plants an idea of her own--that telling stories is a crucial activity for keeping culture alive."--Publishers Weekly
"[A] delightfully informative title."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Denise's descriptive language moves between English and Spanish seamlessly, without italics used or translations needed, and portrays a lively Pura...Expressive digital illustrations in earthy colors portray warm and radiant characters."--The Horn Book
"An appealing tribute and successful remedy to the lack of titles about the groundbreaking librarian...a must-have for all libraries."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"A lively narrative perfect for reading aloud."--Cooperative Children's Book Center
"This lush and colorful book celebrates Belpré's life and legacy, and encourages young storytellers to keep sharing their tales with the world."--A Mighty Girl
"Anika Aldamuy Denise's intimate telling captures the magical, folk-tale feeling of Belpré's own stories. Her lyrical text, sprinkled like fairy dust with Spanish words, begs to be read aloud, while Paola Escobar's stylishly detailed and warmly expressive illustrations capture the joy of sharing stories."--New York Times Book Review
"Denise and Escobar pay tribute to the legacy of librarian Pura Belpré in this vibrant picture-book biography...Planting Stories is a glossy immigration tale of dreams coming true, and the lyrical language lends itself to being read aloud."--ALA Booklist
"The story is beautiful to look at and to read, and it showcases one of the first people to recognize the need for young readers to have books that reflected who they are."
"This excellent read-aloud, with its informative author's note and bibliographic resources... will likely inspire young readers to create their own tales to share with others."--Shelf Awareness
"Pura Belpré led a rich life filled with travel, music, and countless stories. Her own inspiring story is beautifully presented in this perfect picture book.... The influence of her work is still felt today, and Planting Stories is a worthy tribute."--Shelf Awareness
"The arc of Belpré's life and legacy is shown in a way that recalls the emotionally gripping opening sequence from the movie Up as words and pictures combine powerfully to convey the impact of Belpré's work."--BookPage
"A reverent tribute to a groundbreaking librarian."--Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
"Based on a true story, Planting Stories is both inspirational and a solid nod to follow your dreams."--Reading Eagle
"With merry digital illustrations, this enchanting biography renders Belpré's books as mirrors for Puerto Rican kids and as windows into her culture for everyone else."--San Francisco Chronicle
"This darling picture book will inspire and delight."--Hispanic Living