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Kids Books We Love: She’s Got This

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She Got This! You always have to get back up and try again, and you always have to believe in yourself. A great book for kids age 4 - 8 years old, to start a conversation about resilience and chasing dreams no matter the struggles you can find. | Live Colorful

We are so happy to share with you about Laurie Hernandez’s picture book, She’s Got This!. HarperCollins Children’s Books sent us a copy a few days ago. The story is so heartwarming and inspirational, and my son and I have been reading it almost every morning.

She’s Got This tells the story of Zoe, a little girl who dreams of flying—and becoming a gymnast. She enrolled in a school, and almost instantly realized that gymnastics was something she loved doing. She was so good at it too, and enjoyed practicing so much. When she falls for the first time off the balance beam, she was ashamed, scared and didn’t want to try again. Her parents and siblings shared with her great anecdotes about their own falls and how they stood up again, that inspired her to go back to practice the next day and see every fall as a way to learn something and grow.

The message behind the story is as simple and beautiful as this, You always have to get back up and try again, and you always have to believe in yourself. A great book for kids age 4 – 8 years old, to start a conversation about resilience and chasing dreams no matter the struggles you can find.

Laurie Hernandez’s career was affected in 2014, when her progress was stalled due to multiple injuries. She returned stronger than ever by becoming the 2015 US junior national champion!

We have been seeing and reading more about Laurie lately. It make us proud to connect in almost everything she stands for as a Latina and athlete, so we wanted to share this book with you too because we believe it’s a great one to add to your children’s book collection.

Find the book in Amazon here. Find Laurie Hernandez in Instagram.

Kids Books We Love: Carlos Santana. Sound of the Heart, Song of the World

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Explore the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio's picture book. Carlos Santana, Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez. | Live Colorful

Last September, Gary Golio released his new nonfiction Picture Book, Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World.

We got a copy of the book a few weeks ago from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and my son was really curious to read it. First I shared with him some of his music on our way to school so he could relate it with the story later. That afternoon we jumped into reading the book and discussed what being passionate about something means, and how he could pursue any goals and adventures he can imagine, leaving all obstacles aside.

Explore the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio's picture book. Carlos Santana, Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez. | Live Colorful

I really like that Gary wrote a book that focuses a lot on Carlo’s childhood and his family back in Mexico. I felt like those first pages really made my son connect with the protagonist, and imagine the situations comparing them with his own life, our family members who still live in Mexico and whom we visit often, and his own cultural experiences.

The book also explores the struggle for families when they blend with a new culture. He found his own voice, but he never left behind the sounds of Mexico that give him a start and pushed to create something new and fresh.

The vibrant illustrations were created by Rudy Gutierrez, the internationally celebrated artist who created the iconic Carlos Santana Shaman CD cover. They transported us to magical world, and the images go round and move, just like music. It’s like you could hear while looking at the book, Carlos Santana’s career, from his early exposure to mariachi to his successful fusion of rock, blues, jazz, and Latin influences.

Explore the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio's picture book. Carlos Santana, Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez. | Live Colorful

Gary Golio is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling children’s book author and visual artist, whose books include Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, When Bob Met Woody: The Story of the Young Bob Dylan, and Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World.

Find Carlos Santana’s book here. Find more about Gary’s work here and here.

Explore the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio's picture book. Carlos Santana, Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez. | Live Colorful

Frida Kahlo Placemat Printable

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Frida Kahlo Imprimible | Frida Kahlo Printable by Una Fiesta Bonita | Live Colorful

I hope you guys had an amazing summer. We visited family in Mexico and discovered the beautiful manteconchas , enjoyed many sunny days in the pool, made a few trips to the San Francisco bay and got ready for the first day of Jaxon’s school, which was a bit melancholic but exciting for both of us.

To celebrate the beginning of this new school year, I want to share with you the work of Wendy from Una Fiesta Bonita who I met through Instagram a few weeks ago. She makes the cutest printables to decorate awesome, unique and personalized parties! As soon as I saw her work on her Instagram account I knew that I have to share more about her store and the products that she offers. She makes everything for a themed party, from invitations, to garlands, party favor boxes, cupcake toppers and more! 

Wendy is from Guatemala, but currently lives in Mexico with her husband and her 6 year old daughter. She is a huge fan of everything homemade and handmade, especially birthday parties. 

She created these super cute Frida Kahlo placemats. If you love the theme, don’t forget to check out the complete Frida Kahlo’s party kit here.

FREE FRIDA KAHLO PLACEMAT PRINTABLE:

Download the PDF printable here or click in image below.

Frida-Kahlo_Mantelitos

 

Tip. Print in a heavyweight paper such a cardstock.

Find more of her work in her website, Instagram and Pinterest.

Having a birthday party soon? What is your kid’s favorite theme?