Let’s Salsa / Bailemos salsa


In this energetic bilingual picture book, a young girl learns to dance salsa and be an activist in her community.

by Lupe Ruiz-Flores
Illustrated by Robert Casilla
Spanish Translation by Natalia Rosales-Yeomans

ISBN: 978-1-55885-762-9
Publication Date: November 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 32
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 5-9

Look Inside



Estella can’t help but giggle when she sees her neighbors, Doña Rosa and Doña Maria, shaking their hips while dancing and sweating at an exercise class at the community recreation center. A few days later, when her mother complains about gaining weight, Estella encourages her to join the class.

Every day after school, Estella enjoys watching the women dance to the rhythmic music. And she’s especially thrilled when the instructor invites her to join them in dancing salsa. “Salsa? That’s what it’s called? I thought salsa was to eat with chips!”

But one day, kids are banned from the class, and Estella is forced to go to a boring crafts class instead. She’d much rather be dancing! So when Estella learns that women had to fight to gain the right to vote, she decides she’ll petition for kids’ rights to enjoy salsa dance classes at the community center!

In this bilingual picture book for children ages 5-9, a young girl learns that dancing is good for fun and fitness, and that even kids can change the way things are done.