Spanish Is the Language of My Family

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An intergenerational story of family ties, cultural pride, and spelling bee victory following a young boy who bonds with his beloved abuela over a love of Spanish.

As a boy prepares for his school's Spanish spelling bee, he asks his grandmother for help with some of the words he doesn't know how to spell yet. When she studies with him, she tells him how different things were back when she was a girl, when she was only allowed to speak English in school. This only inspires him to study even harder and make his family proud.

Based on stories author Michael Genhart heard from his mother as a child, Spanish is the Language of My Family is about the joy of sharing cultural heritage with our families, inspired by the generations of Latino people were punished for speaking Spanish and the many ways new generations are rejuvenating the language.

Michael Genhart's text is as touching as it is poignant, and it's paired with the striking artwork of multiple Pura Belpre Award-Winning Illustrator John Parra. Extensive material at the back of the book includes essays from the author about the history of Spanish suppression in U.S. schools and information about the Spanish alphabet.

A Chicago Public Library 'Best of the Best' Book
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
A Horn Book Fanfare Book
A Common Sense Media Best Book of the Year
A CSMCL Best Multicultural Children's Book of the Year
A Booklist Editors' Choice

Author: Michael Genhart
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Neal Porter Books
Published: 07/11/2023
Pages: 40
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 10.20h x 8.70w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780823450046
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2023
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2023 pg. 91
Publishers Weekly 08/07/2023
Booklist 08/01/2023 pg. 58
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2023 - Book Of Special Distinction
School Library Journal 08/25/2023 pg. 1
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2023 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style

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.

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