Salsa Lullaby
Salsa Lullaby

Salsa Lullaby

Written by Jen Arena & illustrated by Erika Meza
3 - 7
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Oct 15, 2019
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As bedtime for baby approaches, a young mother slips over to the radio perched on a side table and unassumingly flips it on. The front room fills with bright colors and lively music as mom, dad, and baby begin their bedtime routine. With over the top energy and emotion, mom and dad dance together, their emotion and love clearly depicted in the dynamic poses of their dancing bodies. Baby “loves this lullaby, moves those dancing feet.” Eventually the music softens as the dancing leads to the bedroom, where mom and dad lay baby down to sleep and continue the fun in his dreams. The love these young parents share for each other and their baby, and the enjoyment they find in one another’s company, is palpable and inspiring. While their bedtime routine might be idealistically high energy for many parents tired and worn out by the time bedtime arrives, it provides a refreshing take on what the end of the day could look like, and perhaps even small aspects of the bright routine that are clearly a highlight for this family can be adopted by other families looking to bring a bit more enjoyment to bedtime. Meza’s colors and motion are vibrant and incredibly fun. Dad wears bright pink socks and a shirt with purple cuffs. Mom wears a twirling red skirt and has beautiful, vibrant hair. Music notes depicted among stripes of bright color float through the air in an original, energizing display.

What Kind of Book is Salsa Lullaby


bedtimedancespanishdiversitybabiesfamilyparentsperforming artsinclusivitymusic

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Where Does Salsa Lullaby Stand Out

  • Everyday Core Feeling

    The “Everyday Core Feeling” badge is awarded to exceptional books addressing common but powerful feelings.

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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Book Details

Publication Date
October 15, 2019
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Illustration Details
The illustrations were created using watercolor and digital media.
Page Count
Reading Age
3 - 7 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
Lexile® Level
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
Est. ATOS® Book Level

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