Inspired by the 2013 Black Forest Fire, in Colorado, HELLO, TREE (illustrated by Dow Phumiruk and published by Little, Brown for Young Readers) tells the story of the relationship between a girl and a tree, and the fire that threatens it. Told through the perspective of the tree, the story shows the forest's life cycle and the role it plays in the life of this one little girl. Pre-order now!
Ana Crespo is happiest when surrounded by nature. So, Ana spends her summers traveling around the United States, visiting National Parks, and exploring some of the most beautiful places in America. She usually returns from her trips full of ideas for new stories. Ana considers herself lucky for having a career that allows her to keep her imagination alive way beyond her childhood years. Originally from Brazil, Ana lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountain region with her husband and kids.
Lia & Luís: Who Has More?
Illustrated by Giovana Medeiros
Winner of the 2021 Mathical Book Prize—PreK
Twins Lia and Luís argue over who has more of their favorite snacks. Can the siblings use math--and a little sharing--to pick the winner? A playful exploration of measurement, counting, and estimation, featuring Brazilian American characters and a glossary of Brazilian Portuguese words. Available in hardcover and paperback.
The Sock Thief: A Soccer Story
Illustrated by Nana Gonzalez
Winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Award—PB Bilingual
Brazilian boy, Felipe, doesn’t own a soccer ball. When it’s his turn to take one to school, he must use a lot of creativity (and a few socks) to solve his problem. Inspired by the childhood stories of the author's father, the book includes animals sounds and words in Portuguese.
My Emotions & Me Series
Illustrated by Erica Sirotich
JP uses his imagination and a cast of adorable make-believe characters to help young readers understand how to navigate their emotions in a fun and positive way. Perfect for ages 2-5, this series combines simple text and bright illustrations, and uses imaginative play to demonstrate problem-solving and self-soothing skills.
This page was last updated on August 29, 2021.
Hello Tree: Book Launch
4:30pm, on Tuesday, September 14th at BookBar Denver
Join Ana Crespo and Dow Phumiruk, the creators of Hello, Tree, to celebrate the release of the book. Inspired by the 2013 Black Forest fire and told from the viewpoint of a tree watching its home destroyed, Hello, Tree is about the kinship between humans and nature, and preservation of the environment.
Free SLJ Webcast
Celebrate diversity, math, and the power of storytelling! Youth Services librarian Julie Roach (Cambridge Public Library) joins authors Grace Lin and Ana Crespo, editor Alyssa Mito Pusey, and TERC senior scientist Marlene Kliman to discuss how the new Storytelling Math series empowers all readers to see themselves as mathematical thinkers.
Available on IGTV
Join Ana and the folks at Belmont Books, in Belmont, MA, for an introduction to the characters in her new book LIA & LUÍS: WHO HAS MORE?. The book features diverse characters, Portuguese words, and a math-related plot. Ana will also do a fun measurement activity. Perfect for kids 2 to 5 years old.
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