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When We Love Someone We Sing to Them: Cuando Amamos Cantamos Hardcover – Illustrated, Oct. 11 2018

4.9 out of 5 stars 20 ratings

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Selected for the American Library Association's 2019 Rainbow List.

International Latino Book Award Winner - Best Children's Fiction Picture Book

"What a groundbreaking gem of a book that recognizes and celebrates the first heartbeats of a boy's crush on another boy. This sensitively written story and its stunning illustrations hold up to the light an emotional truth that has heretofore been whispered and sings it to life!"

- Rigoberto González, award-winning author, critic and educator

"A book for parents as much as for children that should have been published centuries ago."

- F. Isabel Campoy, award-winning children's book author and educator

"Families of all backgrounds will love this sweet, evocative, beautifully illustrated book. It transported me to childhood places and reminded me, now as a mom and educator, of how important it is to cultivate our "garden of memories" with mariposas, fuerza, and kindness. Trabajo conmovedor!"

- Renata Moreira, Executive Director, Our Family Coalition

"When We Love Someone We Sing to Them is touching, beautiful, and necessary. The intricate weaving of song through relationships--between parent and child, child and parents, child and love--gives life to a story that children can embrace from the heart."

- Innosanto Nagara, bestselling author of 'A Is for Activist' and more

"Every word and vibrant illustration in this book makes my heart flutter. How wonderfully refreshing to read a story that unstitches tradition to reweave it with enough space for us all."

- Lourdes Rivas, educator and author of They Call Me Mix

"A wonderful reminder to us as parents, guardians, and caregivers that children already recognize the harmony of el bonito amor and need us to help them share it."

- Manuel Muñoz, award-winning author and educator

About the Author

Ernesto Javier Martínez, PhD is a queer Chicano/Puerto Rican literary critic, educator, and writer. He is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon and an Executive Board member of the Association for Jotería Arts, Activism, and Scholarship (AJAAS). His work has received multiple recognitions, including a Lambda Literary Award in 2012. This is his debut children's book. Ernesto is also the founder of, The Femeniños Project, a children's literature and narrative film initiative exploring the relationship between queer Latino/x youth and their familias. www.femeniñ

Maya Gonzalez is an award-winning children's book illustrator and author. She has illustrated more than 30 children's books many of which she also wrote. Her books have been recognized by the Pura Belpré award, Américas Book Award, and International Latino Book Awards. She is the co-founder of Reflection Press and served as mentor for the writing of this book. A queer, femme Chicanx activist, she lives in San Francisco, California with her partner, Matthew, and two kids.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Reflection Press; Illustrated edition (Oct. 11 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1945289147
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1945289149
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 363 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.96 x 0.64 x 27.31 cm
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This is a truly beautiful (and important) story. And just the right length to make for a good read-aloud.

We see loving connections between this boy & his parents. We see him supported, as he participates in a serenata tradition, which is lovingly described, to express what’s in his heart for a special boy in his life.

I wish this was available in more libraries! Every collection wishing to provide understanding and inclusion for all youth, should have this gem of a book. It is a great book for inspiring meaningful conversations & sharing.
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