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Cuadros de Familia / Family Pictures, written and illustrated by Carmen Lomas Garza, is a favorite at our house. The book is bilingual, which comes in handy for me as a non-native speaker when I’m unsure of a word in Spanish, and no matter how many times you read the book you always spot something new in the detailed paintings. Carmen Lomas Garza is one of my very favorite artists — she manages to capture the specialness of such simple moments in the life of a Latino family in the United States, perhaps because the paintings and stories that accompany them are from her own memories growing up in Texas near the Mexico border.

I asked my 11-year-old son what he thinks of the book, since he’s the one who most often reads it with me.

“I like the picture where the family is making tamales,” he said. “All of the pictures in the book are fun to look at because there’s so much going on, but this one is my favorite because it reminds me of you making tamales and wearing your delantal in the kitchen.”

31 Days Of Reading in Spanish      BOOK DETAILS

      Title: Cuadros de familia

      Author and Illustrator: Carmen Lomas Garza

      Publisher/Year: Lee & Low Books, Inc./2005

      Ages: 6-12

      ISBN: 9-78089239-207-0

      Price: $8.05 on



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