Nana and Abuela
Author Monica Rojas
Illustrator Emiko Rainbow
Minnesota Historical Society Press (March 2023)
As Luna and her grandmothers embark on a fun evening of food and stories and laughter, a language kerfuffle threatens to spoil their time together.
Luna lives with her two grown-ups in a small home next to a river. She has "two pets, two pillows on her bed, and two languages in her head."
Luna also has two grandmothers: Nana and Abuela. They are her two favorite people, and they are very different from each other. When her grown-ups are away, Nana and Abuela visit for a "date night" with Luna. Together they plan a delicious meal: pizza with olives.
But when Luna adds something to the menu, she blends her Spanish and her English. Her request for this special treat confuses her grandmothers. They ask, "¿Luna, qué dijiste?" and "Luna, what are you saying?" As the three of them work together to understand each other, Abuela and Nana offer comfort, each in their own way, and Luna figures out how to make herself heard.
In Nana and Abuela, Monica Rojas recounts a story from her own childhood, while Emiko Rainbow's playful artistry brings Luna's world to vibrant life. This bilingual story about love and listening celebrates relationships and communication—and what young and old alike can learn from spending time with our favorite people.
Monica Rojas and Emiko Rainbow have many exciting events lined up this summer with Nana and Abuela!
Please come and join us:
July 15th 9am - Midtown Farmers Market Story Stroll
July 22th 9am - Midtown Farmers Market Story Stroll
August 29th 10am-2pm - Alphabet Forest at the MN State Fair
September 15th 9am-10am - Story Time! Kids at the Castle with American Swedish Institute.
September 16th 9am-10am - Story Time! Kids at the Castle with American Swedish Institute
September 16th 12:25PM - Story TIme, Presentation. Q&A, and book signing. Children's Book Fest in Red Wing MN