Did you know that there are over 5000 types of potatoes sold in South America? Or that in Honduras, a song about conch soup reached the Billboard Top 100 Charts?
Latino culture spans Southern and Central America as well as the Caribbean, but often when we think of Latino foods, we think tacos, burritos, and other common Mexican dishes. Proud to Be Latino: Food/Comida teaches children how different Latino countries use similar ingredients to create unique regional dishes.
The dishes and their descriptions are given in both English and Spanish, and parents will enjoy the sidebars with additional fun facts about Latino food and culture. This bilingual board book takes the reader beyond a basic language primer and dives deep into the heart of Latino culture . . . which is the food, of course!
Ashley Marie Mireles is an author and publishing professional living in California’s Central Valley. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators as well as the co-chair of IBPA’s DEI Committee and currently serves on the IBPA Board of Directors. She has published over ten children’s books including 100 First Words for Little Californians, O is for Ocean, S is for Snow, Rock Legends Who Changed the World, and Little Fingers Ballet. As a child she could be found in the local library or participating in the Young Author’s Fair. It was this early love of books that lead her to her career in publishing. Ashley hopes that the books she helps to create, write, sell, and promote, will bring happiness to readers everywhere. She currently lives with her partner and their two rescue dogs in a home full of books!
Edith Valle is an artist based in Austin, Texas. She graduated with a BA in graphic design from St. Edward's University in 2016. She illustrates projects such as marketing campaigns, branding, and posters for local nonprofit organizations.
"Food is often portrayed in literature as integral to Latino cultures, but drawing the connections among foods across those countries is refreshing and rare... Visually appealing and sure to pique the appetite of readers of varying ages. Recommended."
- Jessica Agudelo, New York Public Library, School Library Journal
"Proud to Be Latino: Food/Comida by author Ashley Marie Mireles and illustrator Edith Valle is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school board book collections."
- Midwest Book Review