Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela!

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Ava’s excited to say goodbye to el Año Viejo–but will her shyness keep her from joining in the celebration?

Ava Gabriela is visiting her extended family in Colombia for the holidays. She’s excited to take part in family traditions such as making buñuelos, but being around all her loud relatives in an unfamiliar place makes Ava shy and quiet. How will Ava find her voice before she misses out on all the New Year’s fun?

Written by Alexandra Alessandri
Illustrated by Addy Rivera Sonda
Albert Whitman & Company
Jacketed Hardcover with Matte Lamination
ISBN 978-0-8075-0450-5

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Teacher’s Guide: Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! has a teacher’s guide & activity kit! Other resources at TeachingBooks, including Cultural Representation Reflection, Interviews, and more.

Praise for Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela!

“This gentle family story lets readers know that shyness is nothing to worry about.”–Kirkus Reviews, STARRED 🌟  REVIEW. Read the full review here.

“The book’s vibrant colors reflect the story’s celebratory mood, and the cartoon illustrations cushion Ava’s struggle with anxiety.”–Booklist. Read the full review here.

“This warm #OwnVoices look at Colombian traditions, including wearing yellow underwear and eating grapes for good luck, is both universal and deeply personal.”–School Library Journal. Read review here.

“The illustrations are bright and colorful, perfect for the lush farm setting of the story.”–Kristin Guay, Youth Services Book Review: Starred review! Read the full review here.

“…a great example of an #ownvoices diverse book that celebrates Colombian culture through a story that all readers can relate to.”–Sarah Bickel, Youth Services Book Review: Starred review! Read the full review here.


Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! in the wild!

Awards & Nominations

  • Bronze Medal in The Mariposa Awards Best First Book – Children & Youth, 2021 International Latino Book Awards
  • Silver Medal in Young Children’s Literature, 2020 Florida Book Awards
  • Cybils Awards Nominee

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