Written by Pat Mora
Harper Collins/Rayo 2009

Take a ride in a long submarine or fly away in a hot air balloon. Whatever you do, just be sure to bring your favorite book! Rafael López’s colorful illustrations perfectly complement Pat Mora’s lilting text in this delightful celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros; Children’s Day/Book Day.


“Rafael López utilizes vibrant colors and applies magical realism to show that the love of reading is universal. Through a series of fanciful images, the author depicts Latino children inviting children of other cultures into their book fiesta, leading the reader on a visual journey that shows that reading sparks the imagination across all cultures and has the power to unite us.” 

– American Library Service to Children


“Gorgeous, soaring full-page illustrations are the heart and soul of this book. Rafael López’s magical artwork brings the book alive with lush colors, strong design, and diverse charming kids. A family floating in a boat listens to the father read aloud, as the son imagines himself in a pirate adventure and the daughter trailing a finger lazily in the water, imagines herself a mermaid. As darkness cloaks the earth, rooftops come unmoored from their homes and dreaming children float toward the moon, soaring with books in hand. Lovely.”

– Common Sense Media


Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration 2010
ALA Notable Book 2010
CCBC Choices 2010
Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts 2010