Author: Monica Brown

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Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo

Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo
  • Number: 9780061227837
  • Release: 2013-03-05
  • Author: Monica Brown
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Kids: Children's
  • Publisher: Rayo
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In this vibrant bilingual picture book biography of musician Tito Puente, readers will dance along to the beat of this mambo king's life. Tito Puente loved banging pots and pans as a child, but what he really dreamed of was having his own band one day. From Spanish Harlem to the Grammy Awards—and all the beats in between—this is the true life story of a boy whose passion for music turned him into the "King of Mambo."

Award-winning author-illustrator duo Monica Brown and Rafael López bring the remarkable story of this talented legend to life in this Pura Belpré Honor Book. Supports the Common Core State Standards.


Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina
  • Number: 9780892392353
  • Release: 2011-09-27
  • Author: Monica Brown
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Kids: Children's
  • Publisher: Children's Book Press
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My name is Marisol McDonald, and I don t match. At least, that s what everyone tells me.

Marisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut-brown skin. Polka dots and stripes are her favorite combination. She prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos in her lunch box. And don t even think of asking her to choose one or the other activity at recess—she ll just be a soccer playing pirate princess, thank you very much. To Marisol McDonald, these seemingly mismatched things make perfect sense together.

Unfortunately, they don t always make sense to everyone else. Other people wrinkle their nose in confusion at Marisol—can t she just be one or the other? Try as she might, in a world where everyone tries to put this biracial, Peruvian-Scottish-American girl into a box, Marisol McDonald doesn t match. And that s just fine with her.

A mestiza Peruvian American of European, Jewish, and Amerindian heritage, renowned author Monica Brown wrote this lively story to bring her own experience of being mismatched to life. Her buoyant prose is perfectly matched by Sara Palacios engaging acrylic illustrations.


My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia - The Life of Celia Cruz/la vida de Celia Cruz

My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia
  • Number: 9780873588720
  • Release: 2004-10-30
  • Author: Monica Brown
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Kids: Children's
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc
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This bilingual book allows young readers to enter Celia Cruz's life as she becomes a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba, then moves to New York City and Miami where she and others create a new type of music called salsa. School Library Journal has named My Name is Celia “[a]n exuberant picture-book biography . . . a brilliant introduction to a significant woman and her music.”


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  • Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo
  • Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina
  • My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia