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Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Bilingual Spanish-English)

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Take a ride in a long submarine or fly away in a hot air balloon. Whatever you do, just be sure to bring your favorite book! Rafael López's colorful illustrations perfectly complement Pat Mora's lilting text in this delightful celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros; Children's Day/Book Day. Toon! Toon!

Includes a letter from the author and suggestions for c
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by HarperCollins Espanol (first published March 1st 2009)
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L13_melissa_prokop
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Children of elementary level school are the protagonists in this delightful book. They are shown throughout the book in various settings reading and celebrating Children's day and Book Day. On two occasions one older child is shown reading a book and one adult in another. Different cultures are represented in this book as well. This book is bilingual in English and Spanish. The illustrations are very rich and colorful.

This could be used in a K-2 setting for a celebration of books and/or celebra
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Ch_nataliepelaia
Jan 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Book Fiesta won the Belpre prize for illustrations by Rafael Lopez and the Author is Pat Mora. This is the first trade book that celebrates Children's day/ Book Day, which started on April 30, 1996, the same date as Mexico's day of the Child. The bilingual text written in Spanish and in English is portrayed with beautiful, colorful bold pictures of children having fun by reading books in different settings. The Author wants to show through the writing and illustrations, that no matter where you ...more
Sarah
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
As the 2010 Pura Belpré award winner for illustration, Book Fiesta celebrates both children and books in a vibrant, bilingual journey about the power of reading to unite different cultures. Pat Mora’s straightforward text in both English and Spanish combines with Rafael López’s full-page festivals of color to encourage children to read and enjoy literature in any language, any location, and with any person they choose. The whimsical illustrations depict multicultural children reading with friend ...more
Eunhye Yu
I always wondered how we could teach children different holidays that were celebrated around the world. I thought this book did a very good job describing the holiday and as well keeping it entertaining for younger children. The book I read was Book Fiesta by Pat Mora and this was illustrated by Rafael Lopez and it was a Pura Belpre Winner. In the back of the book the author about how he found out that in Mexico the children have their own day, called El dia del nino (The Day of the Child) on th ...more
Aly Gutierrez
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story is about Children’s Day; also known as Book Day. It illustrates children during this festival reading in different places. It shows the reader that reading is possible in any setting. It can be in the car, on a train, or in a library. It also tells the reader that reading is fun alone, with other people, or even with animals. This teaches students to enjoy reading no matter what the occasion. The book is in both English and Spanish. Most sentences are translated in both languages. Th ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This bilingual (Spanish/English) book about combining the Mexican holiday El Dia del Nino (The Day of the Child) on April 30th with a celebration of books is a great idea, but I wasn't happy with the rhyme. It started out nicely, describing where children read, such as in libraries, cars, boats, and planes. But then it got silly, with rhymes about reading on the backs of various unlikely animals such as an elephant or whale or in unlikely vehicles such as a hot-air balloon and a submarine. The f ...more
Monica
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Audience: preschool to 3rd grade, boys, girls, reluctant readers, Spanish speakers, those learning Spanish
Appeal: This book is all about how reading is great! This book is sure to get even reluctant readers excited about the book fiesta. The illustrations on are bright, fun, and colorful, and there are rarely more than 5 words per page. The words are rhyming, so this is a very fun and fast-paced book. One interesting aspect about Book Fiesta! is that there is an English and Spanish translation o
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L- Lisa
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Book Fiesta! is a delightful celebration of reading and Mexico's El dia del nino (The Day of the Child)! This bilingual picture book is written for K-1 and the illustrations include diverse readers in a multitude of locations. The cheerful pages bring reading to life on trains, planes, libraries and snug in our beds.
Pat Mora gives the history of Mexico's April 30th day of the child celebration and suggests ways schools, libraries and families can celebrate favorite books and each other. This wa
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Sarah Kasper
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bilingual
"Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day" is an awesome book because it's a book about loving books and reading! I would read this to Pre-K and Kindergarten classes because they are just learning to explore books and the process of reading. ...more
Hannah
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens_lit
Audience: Primary, Dual Language Learners

Appeal: Bilingual, colorful illustrations, suggestions at the back for how to have a book fiesta

Award: 2010 Pura Belpre illustration award
Rebecca
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great bilingual picture book that celebrates reading!
Shiloah
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a short, bit super fun book. Loved the illustrations!
Emmy Lou
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, childrens
Beautiful art.
Elaina Flores
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this is such a great book to have in a classroom. It is a book that can help students who are bilingual or students who are wanting to learn a language. The book has both English and Spanish writing and can help students learn common words in a different language.
Megan Collins
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite part of this book is how everything is bilingual, giving the reader an opportunity to learn how to say things in both languages. will use this book to teach about children's day. ...more
Laurie
Oct 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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Rachel Walker
Grabbing the attention of early childhood/primary students can be a rough task. It can be extremely difficult especially when your approach does not include their favorite toy or TV. show. Although, a book may seem like it is not the right item to use as an “attention grabber,” the right book may change this prediction. Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael Lopez is a 2010 Pura Belpre winner. The book has about twenty-six pages which includes a maximum of five sentences; and very ex ...more
Vamos a Leer
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros by Pat Mora is a book that celebrates children and multicultural literature.

Borrowing from the traditional Mexican holiday “El día de los niños” (Children’s Day/Book Day), El día de los ninos/El día de los libros also known as “Día,” is a celebration that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

In April, book fiestas are held in libraries, sc
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Sara
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Audience: The audience for this book is primary elementary school. Because of the amazing illustrations, and short text length, I feel it would best fit Kindergarten and 1st grade.

Appeal: I think this book would appeal to Kindergarten and 1st graders. Although the pages are bilingual, which can confuse some readers, there are plenty of pictures to help illustrate the meaning of the story. I feel that Kindergarteners and 1st graders will be excited to learn the Spanish words.

Application: I would
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Josh Sonii
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is about a book fiesta that is held on Children's Day. The children talk about all of the languages that they can read in and who they read with. They usually read with themselves or a friend. Sometimes they read in the library or even in a boat. While they are in the boat they play while the parents read to them. They read in cars, planes,trains, and even their animals in the yard. They read while riding an Elephant, a hot air-balloon, or sometimes even in a submarine. During the nigh ...more
Camila Padilla

Book Fiesta! Is a delightful celebration of reading and Mexico’s “El dia del nino” (The Day of the Children) by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael Lopez. This dual-language picture book is written for K-1 and the illustrations include diverse readers in a multitude of locations. The cheerful pages bring reading to life on trains, planes, libraries, homes, and snug in our beds. Pat Mora gives the history of Mexico’s April 30th Day of the Children celebration and suggests ways schools, libraries a
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Qwendy
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book Fiesta received the 2010 Pure Belpre Award for illustration. It depicts the Mexican Day of the Child. Since 1996 parents, educators, community members, and librarians have included book fiestas on April 30, which are “events that link children to books, languages, and cultures” as part of the celebration. Lopez’s vibrant illustrations pair beautifully with Mora’s engaging English-and-Spanish text. Preschoolers will revel in the whimsical illustrations. After rejoicing that this is their day ...more
Alysha Martinez
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Genre: Diverse Literature
Awards: Pura Belpré Award for Illustration
Audience: 3-7 years old

A. Mexico's culture is emphasized in this story.
B. El dia de los niños/El dia de los libros (Children's Day/Day of the Books) is discussed and the book includes factual information about Mexico's yearly celebration of children and the book fiestas. The text is also in spanish too, which emphasizes bilingual kids.
C. The culture is portrayed very positively because the illustrations are very colorful, vibran
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I Heart Corgis
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Grade/interest level: K-1st grade
Lexile level: AD790L / AD520L
Genre: Multicultural, bilingual
Main Characters: Children
Setting: all over the world (in houses, parks, etc.)
POV: the children that are celebrating

This is a bilingual picture book with English and Spanish translations. In the story, children are celebrating El día de los niños by reading. The children read books from all cultures. Their families read with them. They read all over the place. They read in realistic places (like the libra
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Alissa Anderson
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Audience: This book is perfect for students in kindergarten through second or third grade. It could be used for English language learners through upper elementary. Its length, ease of reading and colorful illustrations make it great for reluctant readers.

Appeal: One great aspect of this book is that it is written in English and Spanish. The illustrations are fun and appealing to all ages. It encourages children to read in all places and shows many children all over the world celebrating Childre
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Lisa E
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs642
Mora,P. (2009). Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day. Celebremos El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros. New York, NY: Rayo.

School Journal Review (2010).

Category: Choice

“Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day” by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael Lopez is a bilingual book winner of the Pura Belpré Award. The book celebrates the Latino culture and is an excellent resource that portrays in its many details the great cultural significance of everything Latino, seen from
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Stephanie
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the fanciful, colorful illustrations (a purple elephant, a sunny garden) in Book Fiesta, but the text lacks even the semblance of a narrative arc. It's just a list of random places kids could read, from cars and trains to sailing with whales and floating in a hot-air balloon. From some odd reason, the Spanish text keeps repeating "Tun, tun!," which is generally translated as "Knock! Knock!" It's unclear what this sound is for, and it's even more unclear why the book's English text tran ...more
Alison
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Book Fiesta! is a 2010 Americas Award Commended Title. In this book, children are reading and enjoying all different types of stories. They are reading everywhere they go. It kind of reminds me of the book "Green Eggs and Ham", but with stories. They can read their books sailing with a whale, in a long submarine, etc.This is a light hearted book that shows Latina children enjoying reading. I think that this is such an important aspect of the book because they are portrayed in a positive light, a ...more
Kim Sanchez
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
This book is all about celebrating Children's Day in Mexico. This is a very important holiday in Mexico, and it is portrayed beautifully in this book. It also has a new concept to the holiday, Book day, where the children find wonderful books to read wherever they go. The story shows how special children are, and also how great reading is, and what an adventure you can have while doing so. As a teacher, I will use this book to show my students a holiday that is very special in Mexico, and that r ...more
Jamie
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Book Fiesta shows children that children all over the world read books. The story features children reading books in many different situations and to many different people. It shows that people from all cultures like to read books, tell stories and be told stories. There is usually one sentence on each set of pages, written in both English and Spanish.

The art is done in a fairly abstract fashion. The images are exaggerated and done with bright colors and noticeable shapes. Some pictures in the
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