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Apr 27 Critically-acclaimed Early Chapter Book now in Spanish!

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First installment in the critically-acclaimed series of early chapter books now in Spanish!

Mi vida feliz

Rose Lagercrantz
Mi vida feliz

(My Happy Life)

This endearing chapter book is about a cheerful little girl named Dani, who has been waiting all summer to start school. Dani lives a happy life, but as the start of the school year approaches, she begins to wonder whether things will change. Will she like her new teacher? Will she make friends? She soon meets Frida and they become best friends, but when Frida moves away to another city, Dani fears she will never find happiness again. The story unfolds in 20 short chapters. The black and white illustrations complement the beautiful narrative. The difficult subjects are handled gracefully, allowing children to understand events in their lives and how to cope with them.

About the Author and Illustrator

Rose Lagercrantz is a Swedish author who writes for children and adults. Her work has translated into English, German, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. She has received many of the top Swedish literary awards including the August Prize (1995) and Astrid Lindgren Prize (1979).

Eva Eriksson is the author and illustrator of many books for young readers. She was the recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Prize (2001). Ms. Eriksson lives in Sweden.

Awards & Recognitions

  • New York Times Notable Children’s Book
  • Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and School Library Journal Starred Reviews
  • SLJ Book/Multimedia Review Stars List
  • USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List

Praise for My Happy Life

If only all early chapter books were this beautifully conceived.
—Pamela Paul (NYT)

A chapter book about childhood depression paradoxically delivers a very happy reading experience. 
—(Kirkus Reviews)

The clarity and simplicity of the writing are balanced by the verve and finesse of Eriksson’s captivating illustrations.

Lagercrantz knows how to engage children right off the bat . . . This is a sweet, but not saccharine, drama of friendship and family, a universal tale I’m happy to see available here for American readers.
—(Kirkus Reviews)


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Mar 27 Author of the month: Alejandra Vallejo-Nágera

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Alejandra Vallejo-Nágera (Madrid, 6 de mayo de 1958) es una escritora, profesora universitaria y divulgadora científica española. Es hija del psiquiatra y escritor Juan Antonio Vallejo-Nágera. 

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Feb 27 Autora del mes: María Isabel Molina

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Maria Isabel Molina

María Isabel Molina

Ya he contado otras veces que desde niña me inventaba historias. Los botones del costurero de mi madre, los muñecos recortables de papel, los cromos de artistas de cine, todo era bueno para dramatizar una aventura. En la hora de estudio del colegio, las escribía en los cuadernos de apuntes. Enviar los primeros cuentos –escritos a mano- a algunas revistas y más tarde presentar un original a un concurso fueron pasos inevitables. Y como tuvieron buena acogida....  pues continué escribiendo más libros y otras historias hasta hoy. Mientras, el tiempo (mi marido, los cinco hijos, los nietos, el trabajo –el otro trabajo- y las canas) se  tejía paralelo y unido a la escritura. La vida es así. Pero esa es otra historia…

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Feb 22 Get Ready for the movie!

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New - Roald Dahl’s Poetry in Spanish!

La Bella y la Bestia

  Marie Leprince de Beaumont
La Bella y la Bestia
(Beauty and the Beast)

Beauty and the Beast is one of the most popular classic tales ever written. A beautiful young woman dreams of meeting a handsome prince, but to save her father’s life, she leaves home to live with a terrible, frightening beast. Though her patron is hideous, his disarming generosity slowly leads to asurprising connection. Generations of children have been fascinated by the story of the girl named Beauty, who grows to love a fearsome beast by learning to see and cherish his kindness, generosity, and intelligence.

A quarter-century on from the animated classic, Disney brings the lovely fantasy tale to life in live-action, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. Directed by Oscar-winner Bill Condon, starring Emma Watson as Belle and San Stevens as the cursed Beast.

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