Notable Children's Book, American Library Association (ALA)
Pura Belpr Illustrator Award Honor, ALSC/REFORMA
National Book Festival - Texas, Library of Congress Center for the Book
Bilingual English/Spanish. In this Pura Belpr Honor-winning book, Carmen Lomas Garza tells the story of her childhood growing up in Kingsville, TX.
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).