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Family Pictures / Cuadros de familia


About This Title


Paperback: 9780892392070


Notable Children’s Book
American Library Association (ALA)

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor

National Book Festival – Texas
Library of Congress Center for the Book

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 2 – 6

Reading Level:

Grades 4 – 5


Siblings, Sharing & Giving, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Home, Holidays/Traditions, Friendship, Food, Families, Dreams & Aspirations, Cultural diversity, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Biography/Memoir, Bilingual, Art, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Nonfiction, Pride, Texas

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Written and illustrated by Carmen Lomas Garza

Paperback: $9.95

Family Pictures is the story of Carmen Lomas Garza’s girlhood in Kingsville, Texas: celebrating birthdays, making tamales, picking cactus, and confiding to her sister her dreams of becoming an artist. These day-to-day experiences are told through fifteen paintings and stories, each focusing on a different aspect of Carmen’s traditional Mexican American culture growing up.

The paintings and stories reflect the author’s strong sense of family and community and demonstrate how her mother’s love and hard work helped Carmen achieve her dream. For the hundreds of thousands of Mexican Americans, Carmen Lomas Garza offers a book that reflects their lives and cultural traditions. For others, this beautiful work will offer insights into a fascinating life and a rich community.

Sandra Cisneros provided the introduction and Pat Mora the afterword for this touchstone of Latino children’s literature.

This book is bilingual (English and Spanish).

About the Creators

Thumb_thumbCarmen Lomas Garza – Author, Illustratoris one of the most prominent Mexican American painters working today. Born and raised in Texas, she now lives in San Francisco, California. Her paintings have traveled all over the United States and Mexico in numerous exhibitions. Visit her website at


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