Selena’ children’s book celebrates the Tejano music star’s life and career

It’s likely you’ve heard the story of Selena Quintanilla, but you’ve never seen it told quite like this.

Children’s librarian Silvia Lopez and Colombian graphic designer and illustrator Paola Escobar have joined forces to create “Queen of Tejano Music: Selena,” a children’s book that tells the story of the late Tejano music star’s life and career, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Joey Guerra. The book includes Selena’s challenges with learning Spanish and how she became a household name even outside of Texas.

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Writing the children’s book helped Lopez realize just how dedicated Selena was to her craft, as reported by Guerra.

“As soon as I began researching, reading books and countless articles and watching videos of interviews and performances, I immediately understood that devotion,” Lopez said, as reported by Guerra. “Selena was not only a terrifically talented entertainer. She was a warm and gracious human being. Her genuineness shone through in her interviews just like the love of her art came across in her music.”

The book was created to celebrate the star’s life and journey, and does not include her untimely March 1995 death. And in case you or your child is unfamiliar with some of the terms used to describe her (Tejano, Hispanic and Latino/a, for example), it also includes an illustrated glossary with definitions.

“I wanted children to see Selena as an example of perseverance, to know that working hard and setting goals go hand in hand with having talent when striving for success,” Lopez told Guerra. “In Selena, young Latinas could see themselves, accepted for who they were. She was also as ultimately American as any kid anywhere in the United States who dares to dream big dreams.”

The book is available for purchase now, and you even have a chance to win an autographed Selena book plate.

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