Spanish Is the Language of My Family

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$18.99  $17.66
Neal Porter Books
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8.7 X 10.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.78 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Genhart's text for Spanish is the Language of My Family is inspired by stories his mother told to him as a child. He is a clinical psychologist and the author of eight picture books including Love Is Love (a Notable Social Studies Trade Book) and Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, which Publishers Weekly called "A joyous tribute to LGBTQ families." He lives with his husband in Marin County. They are the proud parents of a newly minted 5th grade teacher. When he's not working or writing, you'll find Michael gardening, on a hike, sitting around a dinner table with friends and family, traveling to different countries, enjoying live theatre and music, or sitting in a quiet space with a wonderful book.

John Parra is an award-winning illustrator, fine artist, designer, and educator best known for his children's books about the experiences of Latino people. Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos (by Monica Brown) was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book and won a Pura Belpre Honor for Illustration. He also won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Illustration for Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans (by Phil Binder), and a Pura Belpre Honor for Green is a Chile Pepper (by Roseanne G. Thong). He lives with his wife in Queens, New York.


★ "With a vivid color palette, Parra's acrylic and digital illustrations bring warmth and brightness to Genhart's story, which smoothly incorporates Spanish words and phrases within the text."--The Horn Book, Starred Review

★ "[An] emotionally tinged bilingual picture book. . . . Genhart's musing first-person text seamlessly switches between the languages. . . . Parra's layered acrylics employ letters and patterns in scenes of home and school, portraying figures of various skin tones throughout this significant glimpse into one child's claiming of their heritage."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

★ "Genhart's moving picture book tugs at heartstrings. . . . evokes deep feelings of joy and pride in cultural and linguistic heritage. Parra's visually striking artwork uses bold colors and lines to create a backdrop full of visual context clues and cultural representation."--Booklist, Starred Review

★ "A measured reckoning with an oft-overlooked period in U.S. history, Genhart and Parra's poignant collaboration explores the echoes of generational trauma and the power of societal change and hope. . . . The splendid, textured acrylic-based artwork is rich and vibrant. . . . Tenderly tremendous."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ "A powerful picture book. . . . Short, simple, and powerful sentences make the text perfect for reading aloud or independently. Parra's distinctive style shines in the illustrations with many thoughtful details that will keep readers engaged."--School Library Journal, Starred Review

"The art's childlike draftsmanship gives the story a tactile and cozy feeling. . . ."--The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books