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My Papi Has a Motorcycle


Author: Isabel Quintero

Illustrator: Zeke Peña

Genre: Picture Book

Publisher: Kokila

Publication Year: 2019


The cover of My Papi Has a Motorcycle caught my eye at the 2019 TLA (Texas Library Association) Conference, and after a quick glance inside its pages, I took a picture of it with my phone to be sure I remembered to put it on my list.  And fortunately, I was able to snag a free copy before the conference was over (thanks to a couple of keen-eyed ladies in line with me who knew I wanted the book)!  Quintero's narrative is a celebration of family, culture, and community history, and Peña's illustrations take Daisy (the central character), her father, and the reader on a colorful ride through Daisy's neighborhood and city.  And when they make it back home, your own heart will be thinking of the place (or places) you've called home and the people with whom you've shared it.


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Saint George and the Dragon


Author: Margaret Hodges

Illustrator: Trina Schart Hyman

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Year: 1984


Of all the picture books I read as a child, Margaret Hodges and Trina Schart Hyman's retelling of part of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene is one that stands out the most.  It was different from other picture books— a page of marvelous illustration followed by a page of text to tell an epic tale of a fierce battle between good and evil, complete with sword and shield and claws and dragon-fire!  Saint George and the Dragon belongs in any collection of good picture books!



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