Tito Puente Mambo King, Rey del Mambo

Written by Monica Brown

Harper Collins 2013

This vibrant picture book biography of musician Tito Puente brings the remarkable story

of a talented legend to life.  From musical prodigy on the streets of Harlem to five-time Grammy Award winner; Tito’s life was full of rhythm. This Pura Belpré Illustration Honor book celebrates his dynamic career spanning half a century and crossing both musical and national borders. Tito Puente loved banging pots and pans as a child, but what he really dreamed of was having his own band one day. This is the true life story of a boy

whose passion for music turned him into the "King of Mambo."


Pura Belpré Illustration Honor


American Library Association Booklist


School Library Journal’s Top 10

Latino-themed Books



“A vibrant, reverent celebration of the godfather of salsa. López’s pictures, layered acrylics on prepared wooden boards, convey salsa’s rhythmic exuberance via a riotous palette... Multihued swirls and plumes emanate from Tito’s timbales and drumsticks; Celia Cruz soars

in a costume whose fuchsia feathers seem to morph from the sea green waves below”.

Kirkus Reviews

“My father was an inspiration to many generations of Latin music fans worldwide. This book is a testament to that. Now his name and likeness will reach a brand-new group of young fans

who will discover his genius and talent.”

Tito Puente Jr.

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