Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics

Written by Margarita Engle

Henry Holt and Co. 2017

Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot-the Hispanics featured in this collection come from nay different backgrounds and from many different countries. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to a collective history and a community that continues to evolve and thrive today!

Poems spotlight Aída de Acosta, Arnold Rojas, Baruj Benacerraf, César Chávez, Fabiola Cabeza de Baca, Félix Varela, George Meléndez Wright, José Martí, Juan de Miralles, Juaa Briones, Julia de Burgos, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Paulina Pedroso Pura Belpré, Roberto Clemente, Tito Puente, Tomás Rivera, and Ynés Mexía.



The pairing of these biographical poems with López’s distinctive artwork leaves a lasting visual impression, as the subjects, surrounded by images representing their vocations, look readers straight in the eye or are totally absorbed in their work. These full-page illustrations serve as bold counterparts to the poems.

School Library Journal 

López's bright portraits of notable Hispanics have the large scale and graphic discipline of poster art.

New York Times 

On one page each person is stunningly portrayed in López's strong and vibrant style;

opposite is a first-person biographical poem that provides a glimpse into its subject's life.


The portraits by Rafael López are stunning and evocative, each incorporating images of the subject's interest and accomplishments. 

Common Sense Media


                                                    AWARDS & HONORS


                 Chicago Public Library                                             Silver Medal                                                  School Library Journal

                                                    Best Books 2017                                         Society of Illustrators New York                                   Best Books 2017

                                                        Top Ten Pick                                                 Original Art Exhibition 2017






                                          New York Public Library                                                Texas Bluebonnet

                                                 Best Book 2017                                                      Award Nominee 2018




                                                                                                              INTERVIEWS & PODCASTS

                                                                                                                        All the Wonders Podcast/Bravo! 

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