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Family Poems for Every Day of the Week/Poemas familiares para cada día de la semana

By Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez

About This Title


Hardcover: 9780892392759

Interest Level:

Grades 2 – 7

Reading Level:

Grades 2 – 7


Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Animals, Art, Bilingual, California, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Colors, Cultural diversity, Dreams & Aspirations, Earth/Sun/Moon System, Environment/Nature, Exploring Ecosystems, Families, Five Senses / Body Parts, Food, Friendship, Home, Imagination, Immigration, Kindness/Caring, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Mexico, Nature/Science, Poetry, Respect/Citizenship, Sharing & Giving, Time/Days Of The Week, Weather/Seasons/Clothing


Hardcover: forthcoming October 2017

the first day                                         el primer día

of the week is                                       de la semana fue

dedicated to the Sun—                      dedicado al Sol—

with family around                              con familia alrededor

it’s always sunny                                 siempre hace sol

on Sunday                                           el domingo

So begins this bilingual collection of poems that takes us through the week day by day. Children spend Sunday visiting their grandparents, play with school friends on Monday, daydream on Tuesday, eat popcorn at the local market on Wednesday, and more, until we arrive at Saturday, when they get to play nonstop all day. Along the way, we also learn how the names of the seven days came to be.

Partly based on the real life experiences of Alarcón’s own family, this festive, celebratory collection of poems highlights the daily life of children while also honoring the experiences of the poet’s Latino family in the United States. With her vibrant illustrations, illustrator Maya Christina

Gonzalez has created a loving tribute to childhood, to family, and to Francisco Alarcón.*

*Francisco X. Alarcón passed away in January 2016.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumbFrancisco Alarcón – Authorwas a renowned poet and educator, and a three-time winner of the Pura Belpré Author Award Honor for his bilingual Magical Cycle of the Seasons series of poetry for children. His many other honors include the American Book Award, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, the Chicano Literary Prize, and finalist for state poet laureate of California. Alarcón was also the author of several poetry collections for adults and textbooks for teaching Spanish. In addition, he directed the Spanish for Native Speakers Program at the University of California. Alarcón passed away in early 2016.

Thumb_thumbMaya Christina Gonzalezis a widely exhibited artist renowned for her vivid imagery of strong women and girls. She has illustrated nearly twenty children’s books, and her artwork has appeared on the cover of Contemporary Chicano/a Art. My Colors, My World was the first book Maya both wrote and illustrated. Books that Maya illustrated include Laughing Tomatoes, From the Bellybutton of the Moon, and Angels Ride Bikes. She lives and plays in San Francisco, California.


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