Arte Público Press, located in Houston, TX, is the largest publisher of contemporary and recovered Latino authors. They are also one of my best clients, having given me the opportunity to illustrate several bilingual children’s picture books. Faced with the burgeoning rates of childhood diabetes and obesity amongst Latino children in the U.S., Arte Público Press is hoping to impact health and wellness with a new series of books.
Called ¡Salud Familia! (healthy family), this series of children's books features characters who make good choices about foods, exercise and healthy living. Each book in the series will be available in hardcover edition through traditional bookstores, and more than 200,000 coloring book versions will be distributed for FREE across the country to children of low-income Latino families. Listen to a report about ¡Salud Familia! on Houston Public Radio.
The first book in ¡Salud Familia! is I Kick the Ball / Pateo el balón, which will debut this spring. Written by Gwendolyn Zepeta and illustrated by Pablo Torrecilla, the dynamic story about a young soccer player is sure to please readers of any cultural background. Arte Público is offering a FREE downloadable coloring book version of I Kick the Ball for everyone to enjoy!
The most recent book I illustrated for Arte Público is the forthcoming Adelita and the Veggie Cousins, which will be published in the spring of 2012. I can’t wait to see the book join the ranks of the others in this fine series!