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Book Review: Good Night Captain Mama, Buenas noches Capitán Mamá

Goodnight Captain Mama: Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá

by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
illustrated by Linda Lens

We needed a book like this. In a house full of boys and my constant determination to find books with strong female characters, Goodnight Captain Mama: Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, will officially be on our shelves. This beautiful story (illustrated by Linda Lens) receives double points from me for being a English-Spanish bilingual book and for portraying a courageous, intelligent and loving Latina mother.

Marco is in awe of his mother’s green uniform as he spots her getting ready to fly. Captain Mama sweetly goes through the bedtime routine while explaining to her son all about her career in the United States Air Force. As she tucks him into bed and cuddles, he questions several colorful patches on her uniform and she patiently describes their significance.

Luring her readers in, Tiscareño-Sato does a wonderful job at explaining the meaning of each colorful and impressive patch. When Marco asks about the red, white and blue patch, I swelled with pride for Captain Mama! She says, “This is the symbol of our nation, the United States of America. I serve in the military to protect our country and to keep you safe.”

With so many mothers working and serving in all branches of the United States military, this book can be used as a learning tool for all children. While reading to my six year-old son, not only was he impressed that a mami can fly a KC-135, but in all the work men and women do as a team to keep us safe. The use of the patches kept the story flowing, educational, and engaging. We loved it!

Disclosure: A digital copy of this book was provided for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Betty Galvan, is helping her readers “find the positive and seek the benefits” over at her blog, MyFriendBettySays.com.

She is the mother of three beautiful little boys and a teacher.

Photo credits: mikifoto by mallika malhotra

L4LL’s HHM Weekend Book Club Discussion Questions: Week 2

Don’t be shy! Join us on our Facebook page for our Weekend Book Club. Or if you prefer, you can comment on the discussion questions shared below. All together in one place!

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Discussion led by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez




Unbreakable by Jenni Rivera
Discussion led by Betty Velasco Galvan




Latina Legacies by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez Korrol
Discussion led by Ezzy Guerrero-Languzzi




Rita Moreno: A Memoir by Rita Moreno
Discussion led by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez

Book Review: An Honest Boy, Un hombre sincero

An Honest Boy, Un hombre sincero

by Magdalena Zenaida

An Honest Boy, Un hombre sincero has all the qualities of an excellent picture book with the basic literary and historical components to teach a whole lesson plan unit! The gorgeous illustrations by Gaston Hauviller and a sprinkle of Spanish phrases written by José Martí himself, guides young readers to understand his life from Cuba to New York City as a teacher, poet, and fighter for education equality for all.

My six year old and I used a map to locate all the countries where José Martí lived, we practiced reading Spanish aloud, and discussed a little of Cuba’s history. We also watched a Celia Cruz video to listen to Guantanamera, a very famous song that José Martí’s Versos Sencillos inspired. I caught myself singing the phrases as they are beautifully and perfectly weaved into the story!

Note: The book is not a literal translation, but rather one that conveys the meaning of the poem.

The book is probably best suited for ages 8 and up but, my son and I took the opportunity to use clues in the sentences to decipher challenging vocabulary. I also had to stop briefly to discuss phrases such as “freedom of speech” and “exile.” Nevertheless, as a believer of using picture books to teach some of life’s toughest lessons inside and out of the classroom, books like Zenaida’s do just that with a bonus of teaching children about prominent and notable Latino authors like José Martí.

Disclosure: A digital copy of this book was provided for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Betty Galvan, is helping her readers “find the positive and seek the benefits” over at her blog, MyFriendBettySays.com.

She is the mother of three beautiful little boys and a teacher.

Photo credits: mikifoto by mallika malhotra

L4LL’s HHM Weekend Book Club Discussion Questions: Week 1

We really are psyched about the great discussion questions that our Weekend Book Club discussion leaders have posted on Facebook. It was suggested that perhaps we embed them in a single post where everyone can comment on them more easily without having to scroll through our Facebook page. We thought that was a great idea, so every Tuesday, we’ll be doing a recap of the weekend discussion questions. We’d love for you to join the discussions!

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Discussion led by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez




Unbreakable by Jenni Rivera
Discussion led by Betty Velasco Galvan



Latina Legacies by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez Korrol

Discussion led by Ezzy Guerrero-Languzzi




Rita Moreno: A Memoir by Rita Moreno

Discussion led by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez


L4LL’s Weekend Book Club


We have a special treat for you this month! As part of our HHM: Festival of Books, we’ll be hosting a Weekend Book Club centered around four biographies from our Adult Reading List.

Three fabulous Latina bloggers – Lisa Quinones-Fontanez, Ezzy Guerrero-Languzzi, and Betty Velasco Galvan – will be sharing discussion questions about the books you see above on our L4LL Facebook page. If you’d like to follow along with our weekend book club, all you have to do is pick up the books (or download the eBooks) and read along. Below is our schedule so you know on what day you can find discussion questions about the book you’re reading.

Thursdays – My Beloved World
Fridays – Unbreakable
Saturdays – Latina Legacies
Sundays – Rita Moreno: A Memoir

The Weekend Book Club for these four books will run for four weekends during Hispanic Heritage Month, starting this week on Thursday, September 19th, and ending on Sunday, October 13. We hope you’ll join us for some great discussions!