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Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del Arcoiris

Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del Arcoiris

Near Lake Atitlan, in the mountains of Guatemala, a young Mayan girl, Ixchel, watches her mom make beautiful weavings. She is awed and inspired by this long family & cultural tradition, and she wants to join in, but she is too young and not yet skilled enough to...

Book Fiesta 2017: Books + Activities

Book Fiesta by Pat Mora Illustrated by Rafael Lopez This book, which celebrates Children’s Day/World Book Day is one of the most magical and whimsical pieces of literature you will ever pick up.Every time you pick it up, we promise you’ll want to revel in every turn...

ELLApicks: Book Fiesta Line-Up 2017

Here's our line-up of books for Book Fiesta 2017!! You'll find some of our favorite old classics and a whole bunch of new ones that we LOVE!! We are so excited to bring these books to life for a crazy art-filled day in our neighborhood!! Can't wait y'all! Book...

Illustrator Spotlight: Kadir Nelson

If you don't already have them, go out right now and get every Kadir Nelson book you can find. His illustrations are gold. A well-decorated illustrator (hello, two-time Caldecott, Coretta Scott King honoree), Nelson's smooth comic-realism tells stories with strong...

Make: Mosaic Stepping Stones!

I LOVE a good mosaic! This gorgeous picture of the broken-beautiful, of seeing things I would otherwise throw away find a new life in the most beautiful way!! And after many, many failed attempts (woohoo learning!) I've finally found a way that works! So here you go,...

The Journey

This is the story of a young child and her family, who leave their home by the sea in search of a safe place. When war reaches its dark hands into their city and their family, the child and her family set off on a journey. The children pack all their things, and hide...

Maybe Something Beautiful

(SO... this may be our favorite book of all time. Kind of like, if you could put our dream for ELLA into a book and have it made by one of our favorite illustrators of all time??? YES TO ALL OF THIS!) In a dull, grey city, there lives a little girl named Mira, who is...

ELLApicks: Books that Celebrate Black History Part II

Here are some more great books that help our children celebrate and love their own skin & respect and appreciate others. Check out these stories of some of the most amazing artists, musicians, dancers, community leaders-- people-- our world has ever known....

ELLApicks: Books that Celebrate Black History

We're always on the lookout for great books that help our children celebrate and love their own skin & respect and appreciate others. This list here? These are a few of our favorites-- books we keep on our shelves all year round, and that we are constantly pulling out...