Salsa Stories

by Lulu Delacre, Illustrated By Lulu Delacre

Scholastic Press
September 2012

Ages 10 – 11 . Grades 5 – 6

Library of Congress: 99025534

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: S



When Carmen Teresa receives a notebook as a holiday gift, the guests suggest she write down their own childhood stories, which they tell. But Carmen Teresa, who loves to cook, collects their family recipes instead!

With energy, sensitivity, and warmth, Lulu Delacre introduces readers to a symphony of colorful characters whose 9 stories dance through a year of Latin American holidays and customs. Countries include Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Guatamala and Peru. Seventeen delicious and authentic recipes are included.
Lulu Delacre

Lulu Delacre was born to Argentinian parents and grew up in Puerto Rico. Her award-winning books for children include GOLDEN TALES: MYTHS, LEGENDS AND FOLKTALES FROM LATIN AMERICA; ARROZ CON LECHE: POPULAR SONGS AND RHYMES FROM LATIN AMERICA; and her Scholastic Pura Belpre Award Honor Book, THE BOSSY GALLITO (text by Lucia M. Gonzalez). You can visit her online at!


  • Salsa Stories
    -Americas Award Commended Title
    -NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
    -NCSS Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
    -Children's Crown Award Nominee
    "Kids will respond to both the warmth and the anxiety of the family life described in the vivid writing, and in Delacre's nicely composed linocuts."--Booklist (review of Salsa Stories)
    "A fresh and appealing volume."--CCBC (review of Salsa Stories)

    The Bossy Gallito (retold by Lucia Gonzalez; illus. by Lulu Delacre)
    -Pura Belpre Honor Book for text and illustration
    -CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
    -American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
    -NYPL 100 Best Children's Books for Reading and Sharing
    -Aesop Accolade List
    "The text reads just as well in English as it does in Spanish....[T]he mixed-media illustrations are intriguing."--School Library Journal (review of The Bossy Gallito)

    Golden Tales: Myths, Legends and Folktales from Latin America
    -CCBC Choices List
    -Americas Award Commended Title
    "Delacre weaves in contextual introductions and historical afterwords throughout. Her retellings are done in a clear and confident voice and are accompanied by her robust, colorful oil paintings."--Booklist (review of Golden Tales)
    Vejigante Masquerader
    -Americas Book Award Winner
    -NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts


Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780545430982

112pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝