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Salsa Lullaby

Written by Jen Arena and illustrated by Erika Meza
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Goodreads Rating - 4.2 / 5.0
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What's Salsa Lullaby About

Publisher Summary

How to get baby to sleep? Mami and Papi will try anything in this bouncy, loving, bilingual lullaby that gently says good night in both Spanish and English. Mami starts a salsa song. Papi keeps the beat. Baby loves this lullaby, moves those dancing feet. Baila, baby, baila! Dance, dance, dance. When nighttime falls, it’s time for baby to go to sleep. In this household, that means it’s also time for mama, papa, and baby to baila/dance, canta/sing, salta/jump, and more all the way to bedtime! This bouncy bilingual text and gorgeous, inviting illustrations gently wind down to make this a bedtime favorite no matter what language families say “good night” in!

What Kind of Book is Salsa Lullaby

Quotes from Salsa Lullaby

  • "Mami starts a salsa song."
  • "Mami sways more slowly now."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • This lullaby incorporates Spanish words. While there is a glossary of terms included at the end of the story, can your young reader, if not already a Spanish language speaker, determine the meaning of the words using other clues?

  • The bedtime routine in this story is very lively and full of energy and emotion. The illustrator, Erika Meza, also paints lots of feeling in the expressions of the characters. What emotions does the story make your young reader feel, and what part of the story creates those feelings?

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Who Wrote Salsa Lullaby

Jen Arena

Jen Arena is lucky to have been surrounded by great children’s books her whole life. As a teenager, she worked at a children’s-only independent bookstore in Pennsylvania, and after graduating from college, she made her way to New York City, where she found a job in children’s book publishing, working as an editor for Putnam, Golden Books, and Random House. She’s now a full-time author and freelance editor and has written many books for kids, including Besos for Baby, 100 Snowmen, Lady Liberty’s Holiday, Marta Big and Small, and Sleep Tight Snow White. Jen lives in Tampa, Florida.

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Jen Arena's Book Dedication

For Wilder and Zora

Erika Meza's Book Dedication

For my salsa dancer, Mamá

What Do Critics Say About Salsa Lullaby

  • Kirkus Reviews

    “The salsa lullaby soothes as the baby’s parents tuck their tot in with a stuffed toy. While both child and doggy friend drift off to sleep, they continue following the salsa beat in their dreams. Unfortunately, Arena’s mostly English four-line verses fail to conjure salsa’s infectious beat and bobble a bit in one stanza . . .”

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  • Publishers Weekly

    “Arena’s rhyming ditty matches the tempo of the visuals and interweaves Spanish words . . . Though the verse can sometimes feel forced, . . . lively pacing and rhythm alongside sweet images creates an enjoyable bedtime boogie.”

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Book Details

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Publication Date:
October 15, 2019
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were created using watercolor and digital media.