My name is-Me llamo Celia, The Life of Celia Cruz: Book Review


I have ignored the media section in this blog-far too long now. I hope to write more! Now, a communications medium I’ve picked up on for the last couple of months is listening to podcasts. If you have yet to listen to one, what are you waiting for? With plenty of niches to pick from, you are bound to find at least one you like. Listen to it on your mobile device while you drive, run errands or go for a run, you will enjoy it.

As I was listening to one of my favorite podcast called Super Mamás, a podcast hosted by two Latina moms who share motherhood stories plus more. In their 77 episode featuring Grace Bastidas editor of Parents Latina magazine, I learned about a new hash-tag created by Grace. Its called #Love_Libros, a hash-tag hoping to inspire parents to embrace more literacy in their kids life.

New year, New Books to read #Love_Libros

I like the concept of the hash-tag, is a fun idea to get parents to share a favorite book with everyone. I thought it would be the perfect time to share my thoughts on a book-many of you will enjoy. The name of the book is, My name is Celia/Me llamo Celia: The life of Celia Cruz by Monica Brown. I got the chance to meet Brown the author of the book at the Brooklyn Book Festival in New York City. She was kind enough to sign a copy and make it out to my daughter.

book review

It’s a bilingual book writing in Spanish and English for ages 3-8 years old with beautiful decorative illustrations by Rafael López. The book is a biography writing in a first person narrative of Cuban-born salsa singer, Celia Cruz.

The story begins with Cruz living in Havana, Cuba singing her way through life. She sang so much her teacher knew she was going to be a success, ”go out into the world and sing my child-you will be known across the land,” she said. Cruz’s way of life-like many of us is to overcome every obstacle standing in the way. She didn’t let discrimination stop her from pursuing her dreams. The story then takes us with her to a time she lived in New York City and Miami. She created a name for herself and everyone loved her music. She sang with many other famous salsa singers and was known to scream out AZUCAR!

Kids will enjoy the vibrant pictures but also the story. Both author and illustrator did an amazing job capturing the vivacious-vibrant personality Cruz was known for. I highly recommend this book for any age.

Do you have any book suggestions for kids? Share with us in the comment section. We hope you have a great Thanksgiving!