Written by Monica Brown
Luna Rising 2004

This bilingual book allows young readers to enter Celia Cruz’s life as she becomes a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba, then moves to New York City and Miami where she and others create a new type of music called salsa.


“An exuberant picture-book biography of the Cuban-born salsa singer. Lopez’s distinguished, luminous acrylic paintings are alive with motion, lush with brilliantly layered colors, and informed with verve and symbolism. This is a brilliant introduction to a significant woman and her music. The only enhancement required is the music itself”.

School Library Journal 2006


Pura Belpré Honor Illustration 2006
Americas Award for Children and Young Adult Literature 2004