Lulu Delacre, born in Puerto Rico to Argentinean parents, has written and illustrated many beloved books for children including Horn Book Fanfare Book Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America and Salsa Stories, an IRA Outstanding International Book. The Bossy Gallito and Arrorró mi niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games are winners of the Pura Belpré Honor Medal for Illustration. Rafi and Rosi, and Rafi and Rosi: Carnival! are selections of the Junior Library Guild. The Storyteller’s Candle and Alicia Afterimage are her latest books. A common thread in the artist's work is the celebration of her Latino heritage.
The author-illustrator has exhibited in Paris, France; and in Puerto Rico, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maryland, and Washington D.C. A graduate of L’Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Graphiques in France, she has lectured throughout the United States. Owners of her art include Keene State College, NH; The Kerlan Collection, MN; Mazza Gallery, OH; and individual collectors in Canada, France, and the United States.
Lulu is a grantee of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD, and has been honored as a Maryland Woman in the Arts and a Write from Maryland Author. Lulu has been living in Silver Spring, MD since 1988.
In this colorful potpourri of songs, riddles, and stories we follow a young girl through a school day in her native Puerto Rico. Each phase of the day highlights folklore that springs form the local culture. Delacre's vibrant illustrations pull you right into the scene and make you feel like you're part of the island's life. 48 fun filled pages include 28 lizards hidden in the pictures.
"The arc of a young girl's typical school day gives structure to this presentation of a rich mixture of traditional songs, games, riddles a few simple recipes, and stories from Puerto Rico... The 27 lizards hiding in Delacre's clear, vibrant watercolors depicting a rural town, will demand attention from readers as they pour over the other details of a contemporary society enlivened by tradition."
Salsa Stories (Two editions)
Recipes for food mentioned included.
April 2000, Hardcover Scholastic
0-590-63118-7; $15.95; Ages 8 and up.
English Edition Paperback ; 0-590-63121-7; $4.50
An IRA Notable for a Global Society
2001 IRA List of Outstanding International Books
CBC Notable Social Studies Trade book for Young People
Americas Highly Commended Title
"Cleverly conceived, the vignettes in this collection of evocative, often touching Latin American short stories connect with a larger fictional narrative and feature a culinary delight (recipes included)."
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Cuentos con sazon (Spanish)
2001; Paperback; Scholastic; 0-439-22649-X ; $4.50
The classic poem comes to life in this beautiful children's book, masterfully illustrated by Lulu Delacre.
"What makes the new Lectorum edition different from previous editions of Marti's writings is the breathtaking illustrations by artist Lulu Delacre."
"In this bountifully illustrated collection... the expressive dialogue and rhythms of the text are well suited for reading aloud... Delacre enhances the tales with her vivid, sprightly paintings."
~Horn Book Magazine
1997 Hardcover Scholastic 0-590-48537-7$17.95
Golden Tales: Myths, Legends and Folktales from Latin America (Two editions)
1996 English Edition Hardcover Scholastic 0-590-48187-8 $18.95
English Edition Paperback 0-439-24398-X $5.99
1996 CCBC Choices
An Americas Commended Title
"Delacre has created a collection that will be welcomed by all who have also sought in vain for such an introductory treasury... Her retellings are done in a clear and confident voice and are accompanied by her robust, colorful oil paintings... this impressively presented and referenced collection will inspire readers and tellers alike to further mine the rich, complex landscapes of Latin American folklore."
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"Well written source notes and numerous full-page oil paintings convey the drama of these ancient civilizations... (the tales') time tested authenticity is unquestionable."
~Isabel Schon, Recommended Books in Spanish for Children and Young Adults
The Bossy Gallito: A Traditional Cuban Folktale
(Bilingual) Retold by Lucía M. González
A 1996 Pura Belpré Honor Book for Text
A 1996 Pura Belpré Honor Book for Illustration
A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
An American Bookseller's Pick of the lists
Aesop Accolade List
A New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing
"Delacre's ...carefully rendered illustrations are attractive, well designed, and full of amusing and authentic detail (including several bird species indigenous to Miami)."
1994 Bilingual Paperback Scholastic 0-439-06757-X $5.99
El gallo de bodas
Mariposa Spanish Paperback Scholastic 0-590-53842-X $4.95
1993 Paperback Scholastic 0-590-45777-2 $3.95
A 1993 Américas Award
An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
An NCTE Notable Children's Trade Book in the Language Arts
"Carnival is near, and Ramón longs to masquerade along with the older boys, the vejigantes, in the month-long celebration. The bilingual text, along with muted, earth-toned illustrations, settles like a gentle blanket to embrace readers with subthemes of both personal and cultural strength and beauty."
~School Library Journal
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Las Navidades: Popular Christmas Songs from Latin America (Bilingual)
1990 Paperback Scholastic 0-590-4354-3 $4.99
"From the gathering of flowers for decoration to the final festivities of Epiphany, this cheerful collection celebrates the Christmas tradition of Latin America through the seasonal songs of its countries... A festive addition to holiday music collections."
"A wonderfully illustrated bilingual nursery rhyme and music book... Unique."
~School Library Journal
For a complete book list go to www.luludelacre.com
Prices and availability are subject to change without notice.
For author appearances in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, contact the Speakers Bureau.
For a Spanish biography and interview go to www.scholastic.com, click on "teachers", and look for my name under "books and authors".