My Name is Celia

Written by Monica Brown

Luna Rising 2004

This bilingual book allows young readers to enter Celia Cruz's life as she becomes a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba, then moves to New York City and Miami where she and others create a new type of music called salsa.


Américas Award for Children’s Literature 


Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration 2006


“An exuberant picture-book biography of the Cuban-born salsa singer. Lopez's distinguished, luminous acrylic paintings are alive with motion, lush with brilliantly layered colors, and informed with verve and symbolism. This is a brilliant introduction to a significant woman and her music. The only enhancement required is the music itself”.

School Library Journal 2006

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