Book Fiesta!

Presented by Christy Segura EDEL 411 Section B

Mora, P. (2009). Book Fiesta. New York: HarperCollins.

Book Introduction

Genre: Descriptive Writing

Topic/Themes: Reading and celebrating books is important and fun for all!


  • 2010 Pura Belpre Award for Illustration
  • 2010 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book
  • 2010 ALA Notable Children's Book

About the Author

Pat Mora is a latino author of books for adults, adolescence, and children. She wants students to share in what she calls "bookjoy," the enjoyment of reading. Through this desire, Mora founded the literacy initiative El día de los niños/El día de los libros, which is extensively talked about and encouraged in this book. Pat Mora is happily married and has three grown children. She has her own website, filled with information about her books, conferences she speaks at and many other things this active lady is involved in.

About the Illustrator

Rafael Lopez grew up in Mexico City and was surrounded by color and culture. These things have influenced his art and he tries to capture them in his illustrations. His artworks have been included in books, as murals, as stamps and other types of media. When he gets to join in efforts encouraging children to read and enjoy the time in it, he says he gets excited to create painting to encourage children in this. His paintings, like the ones from this book, have won many awards. He has even done award-winning paintings of Barak Obama, which became a part of both the president's campaigns in Artists for Obama. He has many works of art representing diversity.

Check out this, and more, at his Blog.

Painting is the media that Lopez chose to use for this book. He chose a colorful style, close to that of Mexican Surrealism.

Notable Multicultural Book

1. Honor and celebrate diversity as well as common bonds in humanity. This book demonstrated the combined enjoyment of reading for all, no matter what race, culture or background you are. This is shown throughout the pages and illustrations through the diversity of people, languages, and cultures. All the children are also able to all enjoy reading in the same environments (i.e. outside, on cars, trains, elephants, etc.). The author's intent of the story is to celebrate both children and books combined. Even in the last pages of the book, she speaks extensively of this goal, and even gives suggestions of how to make this available yet fun for children.

2. Includes a member of a "minority" group for a purpose other than filling a "quota." This book is absolutely filled with diversity. Children of every ethnicity are portrayed, and not just as "space fillers," but as children, children who genuinely love reading. Every page of the book includes children of at least 2 different cultures. The diversity does not stop there, though! The illustrator also chose to include a page with a child in a wheelchair racing to the library. These "minority" group children in the story are not filling a "quota," but are the characters in the book, the ones the author and illustrator are using to show the enjoyment and love that comes with learning through these characters.

3. Illustrations should complement and enhance the imagery of the story. Children's cultures are also shown to be valued through the minor details the author chose to include throughout the story. Children are seen reading books of different languages and even different homes from different places throughout the world are seen on one page. With the illustrations used, the author tried to incorporate values to enhance the stories such as the importance of reading together with families and as well as the notion that, when reading, you can travel to any world and be anything.

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Book Fiesta! Lesson Plan

Grade: K

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

Lesson Procedure:

  • The lesson will begin with the teacher asking the students to draw a picture of their favorite place to read and writing a sentences telling us where that is.
  • Once the drawings are complete, the teacher will ask about their pictures as well as their previous reading experiences. Where is your favorite place to read? Have you ever read in an interesting place? Have you ever been read to in a different language? Note that people in other countries enjoy reading, too, and it's something that we all share in common.
  • Explain that, in Mexico, they have a day called El día de los niños/El día de los libros (The day of the children/ the day of the books) to celebrate children and reading together! This book is written by the lady who brought that to the United States as well because she wanted us to have a day to celebrate those things too.
  • Read the story aloud. As the story is read, have the students point out the different places the children are reading in this story as well as the experiences they have reading it. What do you see in this picture? Where are these types of houses usually (referring to the picture with a building from China, and one from Mexico)? Do you think the children sitting next to each other are friends? Why are these kids dressed as pirates and mermaids? Do people ride on elephants and go into submarines while they read?
  • Once the book has been read, together, the class will discuss what they saw and their favorite pictures from the story.
  • The students will then draw a picture that describes what they have seen in the book of where students were reading and write 2 sentences describing it.