*This is much better than beer fests and sombrero-wearing, maraca-shaking morning TV show anchors. VL
Parents need to know that “Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes,” by Juan Felipe Herrera, California’s poet laureate, is a celebration of pioneering Latinos who’ve helped shape their various fields from the arts and sciences to athletics and public service. A full-page portrait by illustrator Raúl Colón accompanies a three-page biography of each subject, from Spanish explorer Bernardo de Gálvez and poet Julia De Burgos to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and baseball legend Roberto Clemente — and 15 other famous Latinos. The entries provide an easy-to-read sketch of each person’s life, while sparking curiosity in readers interested in the fields in which each figure excelled, whether it was physics or the big screen. Herrera won the American Library Association’s 2015 Pura Bulpre Honor for authors whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.
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