Grandma's Records/Los discos de mi abuela

illus by author. Walker. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780802776600; Spanish edition ISBN 9781933032184.
Gr 1–3—Each year, a boy spends the summer with his grandmother in her apartment in Spanish Harlem listening to her records. Grandma is given two tickets to a live concert by a nephew, a percussionist in a well-known Puerto Rican band. When the lead singer dedicates the last song to her, the child is surprised to see everyone singing "Grandma's special song" ("In My Old San Juan") with eyes closed and a hand placed over the heart. Velasquez was one of the first children's book creators to celebrate and bring light to the Afro-Latinx experience. The companion, Grandma's Gift, won the 2011 Pura Belpré Award.

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