New Release Books by Susan Middleton Elya

Susan Middleton Elya is the author of The Three Billy Goats Buenos (2020), Maya Papaya and Her Amigos Play Dress-Up (2018), La Princesa and the Pea (2017), La Madre Goose (2016) and other 38 books.

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The Three Billy Goats Buenos

release date: Mar 03, 2020
The Three Billy Goats Buenos
Humor abounds in this masterfully-bilingual twist on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" that dares to ask the question: why is that troll so grumpy anyway? Three little cabritos have a clever plan to get past the grumpiest troll in the land. But then one of the billy goats wonders: Why is that gigante so grumpy, anyway? This thoughtful question sends their plan in a new direction, and the results are better than they ever imagined. Dashes of humor, empathy, and kindness make this modern twist on a classic tale a charming delight.

Maya Papaya and Her Amigos Play Dress-Up

release date: Oct 23, 2018
Maya Papaya and Her Amigos Play Dress-Up
In this rhyming celebration of playtime, bilingual Maya Papaya welcomes all four seasons with a flair for dress-up and an inclusion of Spanish words in an English narrative. Strong writing, a spunky protagonist, and themes of playtime and the changing seasons lead to a celebration as Maya Papaya plays dress-up and speaks to her toys in English and Spanish, going on adventures and making the most of their time together. Expert author Susan Middleton Elya is a former Spanish teacher and known for her prolific, award-winning bilingual books for children.

La Princesa and the Pea

release date: Sep 05, 2017
La Princesa and the Pea
The Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling, winner of the Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration. El príncipe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn’t agree. The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa, but the prince might just have a sneaky plan, too . . . Readers will be enchanted by this Latino twist on the classic story, and captivated by the vibrant art inspired by the culture of Peru.

La Madre Goose

release date: Jul 19, 2016
La Madre Goose
Classic favorites get a modern Latino twist The itsy arañita climbed up the water spout. Down came la lluvia and washed la araña out. Classic Mother Goose rhymes get a Latino twist in this cozy collection. From young Juan Ramón sitting in el rincón to three little gatitos who lost their mitoncitos, readers will be delighted to see familiar characters in vibrant, luminous scenes brimming with fanciful details. La Madre Goose will make a playful multicultural addition to every modern bookshelf. A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016

Our Celebracion!

release date: Jan 01, 2018
Our Celebracion!
A delightful rhyming romp through the festivities of a small town''s summer parade and celebration, written in English with Spanish words sprinkled throughout.

Little Roja Riding Hood

release date: Apr 10, 2014
Little Roja Riding Hood
A smart, snappy, bilingual retelling of Little Red Riding Hood Winner of a Pura Belpre Honor for Illustration While Roja picks flowers on the way to her grandma''s, a mean wolf sneaks away with her cape to surprise Abuelita. But Grandma''s no fool and Roja''s no ordinary chica. They send that hungry lobo packing with a caliente surprise! This spirited retelling of Little Red Riding Hood has accessible Spanish rhymes and fresh illustrations, with hip cultural details throughout.

Bebé Goes to the Beach

release date: Jun 01, 2008
Bebé Goes to the Beach
A baby and his mother spend a day at the beach. Spanish words, interspersed in the rhyming text, are defined in a glossary.

Bebé Goes Shopping

release date: Apr 01, 2008
Bebé Goes Shopping
A quick trip to the supermercado? Not with Bebe in the shopping cart. Just as Mama is ready to throw up her manos, she gives sweet Bebe a box of animal cookies. A dulce, at last! Then they''re off to the checkout line, smiling all the way. Includes a glossary of Spanish words.

Say Hola to Spanish

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Say Hola to Spanish
Filled with zany illustrations and verse that''s as bouncy as a conga line, "Say Hola to Spanish" makes it fun and easy for children to learn more than 70 common Spanish words. Full color.

Tooth on the Loose

release date: Jan 01, 2008
Tooth on the Loose
A girl hopes her tooth will fall out so that she can have money to buy her father a birthday present. Includes index of Spanish words and phrases used in text.

Say Hola to Spanish, Otra Vez / Say Hello to Spanish, Again

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Say Hola to Spanish, Otra Vez / Say Hello to Spanish, Again
Presents a humorous introduction to Spanish words through illustrations and rhyming text.

N is for Navidad

release date: Sep 27, 2007
N is for Navidad
A rhyming book that outlines the preparations for and celebration of the Christmas season, with Spanish words for each letter of the alphabet translated in a glossary.

Say Hola to Spanish at the Circus

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Say Hola to Spanish at the Circus
Presents a humorous introduction to Spanish words through illustrations and rhyming text about a visit to the circus

Fire! Fuego! Brave Bomberos

release date: Apr 24, 2012
Fire! Fuego! Brave Bomberos
A brave group of firefighters set off to battle a blaze at a townhouse. Spanish words interspersed in the rhyming text are defined in a glossary.

Adiós, Tricycle

release date: Jan 01, 2009
Adiós, Tricycle
Even though he has outgrown his tricycle, a boy hides it at his family''s yard sale until just the right smaller child comes along. Includes glossary of Spanish words used.

Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos
A brave group of firefighters set off to battle a blaze at a townhouse. Spanish words interspersed in the rhyming text are defined in a glossary.

F Is for Fiesta

release date: Jan 01, 2006
F Is for Fiesta
A rhyming book that outlines the preparations for and celebration of a young boy''s birthday, with Spanish words for each letter of the alphabet translated in a glossary.

Cowboy José

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Cowboy José
A poor cowboy enters a rodeo to win a date from a pretty seänorita, but afterwards wonders if he should spend his winnings on the girl, who is only interested in the money, or on his trusty horse, whose encouragement helped him win.

A Year Full of Holidays

release date: Jan 01, 2010
A Year Full of Holidays
Over the course of a year, Nell anticipates each upcoming holiday in order to make the time seem to pass more quickly as she waits for her birthday to come around again.

Fairy Trails

release date: May 13, 2005
Fairy Trails
Beloved characters from the best-known fairy tales introduce Spanish vocabulary in this whimsical story. When Miguel and María set out to visit their aunt (their tía), they encounter a host of characters from nursery rhymes and fairy tales-Cinderella, the seven dwarfs, even Humpty Dumpty! At last they reach their aunt''s house, where their loving tía and a great quesadilla lunch await them. Sprinkled with simple Spanish vocabulary, this is a fun and accessible way for children to become familiar with a new language. Also includes a glossary and pronunciation guide.

Eight Animals Play Ball

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Eight Animals Play Ball
Eight animal friends play baseball in the park. Includes words in Spanish.

Geez Louise

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Geez Louise
Louise the stinkbug must face the bullying cockroach, Kiki, in a skating contest.

Home at Last

release date: May 01, 2002
Home at Last
A sympathetic tale of a mother-daughter bond and overcoming adversity, brought to life by the vivid illustrations of Felipe Davalos.

Eight Animals Bake a Cake

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Eight Animals Bake a Cake
Eight animals add ingredients to make a cake with unexpected results. Includes Spanish words, a glossary, and recipe for pineapple upside-down cake.

Eight Animals on the Town

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Eight Animals on the Town
Eight animals go to market, to supper, and to dance, introducing the numbers from one to eight and vocabulary in English and Spanish.

No More, Por Favor

release date: Jan 01, 2010
No More, Por Favor
Rain forest parents come up with a solution when all their children become picky eaters at the same time. Spanish words interspersed in the rhyming text are defined in a glossary.

Oh No, Gotta Go #2

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Oh No, Gotta Go #2
On her way back from a picnic with her parents, a little girl who did not need to "tinkle" suddenly remembers that there is more than one reason to visit a restroom. Text includes some Spanish words and phrases.

Oh No, Gotta Go!

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Oh No, Gotta Go!
While out for a Sunday drive with her parents, a little girl suddenly remembers what she forgot to do before she left her home. Text includes some Spanish words and phrases.

Rubia and the Three Osos

release date: Sep 07, 2010
Rubia and the Three Osos
Retells the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in rhyming text interspersed with Spanish words, which are defined in a glossary.
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