Works


• NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book
• ALA Notable for All Ages
• Kirkus Best Books
• Washington Post Best Books
• New York Public Libraries Best Books
• Huffington Post Best Books, Honorable Mention
• Kojo Nnamdi Show’s Winter Reading List
• Kirkus Starred Review
• School Library Journal Starred Review
• Publishers Weekly Starred Review
• Booklist Starred Review
• Junior Library Guild Selection
• BookLinks Lasting Connections
• Capitol Choices Nominee
• ALSC Summer Reading List
• Horn Book Summer Reading List

“A rich and layered trip to the Andean cloud forest that revels in the miracles of biodiversity.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Poetic and informative, a breath of fresh air…”—Kirkus Starred Review


• Latinidad Best Latino Books for 2013
• USBBY List 2014 Books to Celebrate International Children’s Book Day
• Bank Street College of Education Best Books of 2013

"...an intimate bedtime book with a global theme." —Kirkus Reviews

"... the multicultural worldview is unique."—School Library Journal


"A unique book ....a fine tool and an engaging book/game sure to be enjoyed by children with and without learning differences. While extension activities are suggested on the final pages, the bottom line is that books like this can generate even more ideas to share narrative, symbol, learning, and fun with all children." – Reading Rockets, WETA


• The Bloomsbury Review 2008 Editor's Favorites
• Flamingnet Top Choice Award
• The Bank Street College Best Children's Books of 2009
• SSLI 2009 Honor Book

" Teen readers will identify with these friends....resonant discussion-starter." –Youth Today

"Memoir touched with the lightest strokes of fiction... it’s a road map to healing. "–Children’s Literature

"Highly recommended for every public and school library serving young adults."– REFORMA

" Bereaved readers will be encouraged that whatever their approaches, all of the individuals (including the driver responsible for the crash) eventually begin to feel better without forgetting their friend."–Publishers Weekly


• A Pura Belpré Honor Book for both text and illustration • An ALA Notable • An Américas Honor Award • A Jane Addams Honor Award • A Skipping Stones Award

"Introducing Pura Belpré, the first Puerto Rican librarian hired by the New York Public Library system, this warmhearted Spanish/English bilingual story adopts the perspectives of two children who are inspired by Belpré to enter a library for the very first time.... Delacre's inviting oil and collage illustrations cleverly incorporate sepia-toned clippings from a January 6, 1930, New York Times, turning them into architectural elements, books, furniture, etc. With this simple and affectionate story, González and Delacre broadcast Belpré's welcome message to new generations of immigrants—“Remember, the library belongs to you all,” Belpré says. " – Publishers Weekly starred review

"A lovely offering about the role of librarians in the lives of children." –School Library Journal

"Delacre’s mixed-media illustrations are especially meaningful." – Critícas Magazine


• Junior Library Guild Selections

"Puerto Rican tree frogs Rafi and Rosi team up for some informative hijinks in this beginning reader.... Delacre illustrates this title in sunny beach shades of sand and sky, making the most of the expressively big-eyed tree frogs and their spindly but graceful limbs. Rafi and Rosi are a likable pair of siblings, and their science-oriented activities, while not intrusive, provide an underlying solidity to their interaction." – Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"Delacre affectionately depicts the brief conflicts and abiding love between this busy duo, adding appealing watercolor illustrations. While Rafi is older and savvier, the verve with which Rosi approaches the panoply of childish emotions will jibe with kids fresh from such mastery themselves." – Kirkus Reviews

"These frog siblings are mischievous, but it is clear that they love and appreciate one another. Their emotions and experiences are universal to childhood. The charming cartoon illustrations are integral to the amusing text." – School Library Journal


• A 2006 Pura Belpré Honor Book for Illustration

"... a bilingual collection of traditional Latino games and lullabies, is a tribute to motherhood. Delacre’s soft and tender illustrations celebrate the Latino family in a wide variety of settings. The combination of delicate and glowing colors makes each illustration warm and full of appeal." – ALA

"A veritable Latina Mother Goose" –Horn Book Magazine

"This is a perfect book for parent and child to share one-on-one." – Book Links


A CCBC Choices Notable Book for a Global Society • IRA List of Outstanding International Books • CBC Notable Notable Children's Book in the Field of Social Studies • An Américas Highly Commended Title • NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts • Crown Award Nominee

“Cleverly conceived, the vignettes in this collection of evocative, often touching Latin American short stories connect with a larger fictional narrative and feature a culinary delight (recipes included).”–Kirkus Reviews
Cuentos con sazón
Críticas Best Book of 2002
"This compilation of stories provides excellent insight into a variety of Latin American cultures and traditions. Characters come from places as diverse as Argentina, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Peru, and Mexico in this entertaining reverie of family traditions and the good old days." –Críticas starred review


A CCBC Choices Book • An Américas Commended Title
“Delacre has created a collection that will be welcomed by all who have also sought in vain for such an introductory treasury...Her retellings are done in a clear and confident voice and are accompanied by her robust, colorful oil paintings.”–Booklist
De oro y esmeraldas: Mitos, leyendas y cuentos populares de Latinoamérica
"Well-written source notes and numerous full-page oil paintings convey the drama of these ancient civilizations... their (tales) time tested authenticity is unquestionable."– Isabel Schon, Recommended Books in Spanish for Children and Young Adult

Shake It, Morena!
“The arc of a young girl's typical school day gives structure to this presentation of a rich mixture of traditional songs, games, riddles, a few simple recipes, and stories from Puerto Rico...The 27 lizards hiding in Delacre's clear, vibrant watercolors depicting a rural town, will demand attention from readers as they pore over the other details of a contemporary society enlivened by tradition.” —Kirkus Reviews

Señor Cat’s Romance and Other Favorite Stories from Latin America
Retold by Lucía M. González, IIlustrated by Lulu Delacre
2001 • English Edition Paperback • Scholastic • 0-439-27863-5 • $5.99
El romance de Don Gato
1999 • Spanish Edition Paperback • Scholastic • 0-439-08377 • $5.99

The Bossy Gallito: A Traditional Cuban Folktale
Retold by Lucía M. González, Illustrated by Lulu Delacre
A 1996 Pura Belpré Honor Book for Text • A 1996 Pura Belpré Honor Book for Illustration • A Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies • An American Bookseller’s Pick of the Lists
• Aesop Accolade List • A New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing
Bilingual Paperback • Scholastic • 0-439-06757-X • $5.99
El gallo de bodas
Mariposa Spanish Paperback • Scholastic • 043-912003 • $4.95

Vejigante Masquerader (Bilingual)
A 1993 Américas Award
An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
An NCTE Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Language Arts
“Carnival is near, and Ramón longs to masquerade along with the older boys, the vejigantes, in the month-long celebration. The bilingual text, along with muted, earth-toned illustrations, settles like a gentle blanket to embrace readers with subthemes of both personal and cultural strength and beauty.” –School Library Journal
1993 • Paperback • Scholastic • 0-590-45777-2 • $3.95

Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America (Bilingual)
A Horn Book Fanfare Book over 25 years in print!
1989 • Paperback • Scholastic • 0-590-41886-6 • $4.95
Cassette • Scholastic 60035-4 • $4.95