Books, Education, Kids

I Judged A Book By Its Cover

June 27, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I came across a list from Daily Candy highlighting 20 titles of newly released picture books. I have to say that the minute I read about Dragons Love Tacos and Chico the Brave, I had to order them just based on the title and cover of the books! So I judged a book by its cover. But guess what? Just like my selections of wine based on the labels…I judged correctly!

I am intrigued by books with Spanish words in the title, cultural ties, and authors with diverse backgrounds. We have books that are Japanese tales, Spanish books, and autobiographies of famous Latinos. So even if the title of the book includes the word “taco”, I’m checking it out for the boys or I’m buying it!

For my little picky eater, Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri was a lot of fun. The taco eating dragons are super silly as they they shovel huge amounts of tacos in their mouths. But one has to be careful not to put ANY spicy salsa in the tacos or else! Diego was able to connect with this stunning picture book because he knows tacos are a staple in Mexican cuisine! He won’t eat a whole taco yet but loves corn and flour tortillas! I love books that build children’s self esteem. Little things that bridge family life and literature make children feel so important. They realize that their culture is important enough to be in a book!. Plus, this book is hilarious too!

Chico the Brave by Dave Horowitz is a Peruvian tale about a little chick who is afraid of everything. One day his dad tells him a story of a very brave fictional hero and Chico sets out to find him. He comes back having found his true self. So sweet! Also a very funny book with lots of opportunities for making predictions as the reader accompanies Chico on his little adventure. Diego loved it and we talked about Peru, we looked at the Spanish words in the book, he read aloud…success! A mini-reading lesson at your fingertips.

There were other books listed that I could have bought based on their covers. Take a look!

Huff and Puff by Claudia Rueda

Zorro Gets an Outfit by Carter Goodrich

Taka-chan and I by Betty Jean Lifton

I’ll have to go check if these last three books are at our local library. Tell me, have you discovered a great read based on the cover of the book?

Your friend,


P.s. For instant ordering, click on any of the books above! Happy Reading!

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