The Storyteller’s Candle, by Lucia Gonzalez and illustrated by Lulu Delacre is available once more from Lee & Low Books in both hardcover and paperback – timely indeed since it highlights the tradition of día de los reyes, Three Kings Day, a beloved holiday tradition for many Latinos living in the USA. A description of the tradition from the New York Times on January 6, 1930 is incorporated in one of the collages in the book.
The Storyteller’s Candle was a Pura Belpré Honor Book for text and illustration, an ALA Notable, an Américas Honor Award, a Jane Addams Honor Award, and a Skipping Stones Award.
"Introducing Pura Belpré, the first Puerto Rican librarian hired by the New York Public Library system, this warmhearted Spanish/English bilingual story adopts the perspectives of two children who are inspired by Belpré to enter a library for the very first time.... Delacre's inviting oil and collage illustrations cleverly incorporate sepia-toned clippings from a January 6, 1930, New York Times, turning them into architectural elements, books, furniture, etc. With this simple and affectionate story, González and Delacre broadcast Belpré's welcome message to new generations of immigrants—'Remember, the library belongs to you all,' Belpré says." Publishers Weekly starred review.