Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela!

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
Hardcover, Jacketed
ISBN 978-0-8075-0450-5

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On sale: 10.01.2020


Early praise for Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela!

From Kristin Guay, Youth Services Book Review: Starred review!

“The illustrations are bright and colorful, perfect for the lush farm setting of the story…perfect for an elementary school social studies classroom…[and] for children over the age of four years old, especially if they enjoy learning a little bit about culture and traditions from around the world.”

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From Sarah Bickel, Youth Services Book Review: Starred review!

…a great example of an #ownvoices diverse book that celebrates Colombian culture through a story that all readers can relate to…loved how well this was done, in that it decenters whiteness but is also accessible for everyone…This would be a great read-aloud around New Years, either on its own or as a comparison of how New Year’s Day is celebrated around the world. It would be especially loved by Spanish-English bilingual readers. Read-alike with Too Many Tamales (Soto). 

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