Mora, Pat – Book Fiesta!

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  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 1
  • Lexile Measure: 790
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Blg Rep edition (March 29, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061288780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061288784


This month’s  selection, Book Fiesta! is a bilingual presentation of happy children with books, having reading adventures in fun settings throughout the day. The combined creative genius of author, Pat Mora, and illustrator, Rafael López,  highlights the beautiful array of cultures and diversity in the world, and within the communities we live in.  Book Fiesta!  is inspired by Children’s Day, Book Day, recognized on April 30th as a celebration of all children, emphasizing the importance of connecting children to languages, cultures, and books every day. In Book Fiesta! Pat Mora writes, “Our families tell us stories while we listen and play.” Each family has unique stories and traditions, which contribute to the collective story of our world. Share family stories with your children! If you need inspiration, show your child photographs from your own childhood and talk about them.

Link: Pat Mora’s Book Fiesta planning web page. Plan your library’s Book Fiesta for April 30th!


  • 2010 ALA Notable Children’s Book
  • 2010 CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children’s Book Center)
  • 2010 Américas Commended List
  • 2010 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
  • 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Medal Book

Rationale for Inclusion: Pat Mora’s Book fiesta is more than just a book, its an entire movement in the children’s room and throughout the nation. Dia de los Ninos is a nationally celebrated day for children and reading, celebrating the best of what makes education and imagination so important. Book fiesta is a beautifully illustrated book which encourages and promotes reading, touching all core concepts of early literacy instruction: talking with children, reading to children, singing with children, and playing with children. It’s also so important to include diversity in the kids room with language. Pat Mora books do a great service to bilingual children and help to cross barriers between early language learners and combine concepts in multiple languages.

Book Fiesta book trailer:



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