Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Lola’s Fandango

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day!  This wonderful event was the brain child of Pragmatic Mom and Jump Into a Book.  Bloggers across the world are sharing some of their favorite multicultural books.

Did you know that despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content?

I believe that every bookshelf should include multicultural literature!  As a teacher and parent, I have made a conscious effort to share multicultural titles with my children to help them become globally aware.  It isn’t always easy.  You often have to search for great quality books, but it is easier than it was 10 years ago.

Full Disclosure:  Barefoot Books provided a copy of Lola’s Fandago to review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Lola’s Fandango

I was thrilled to be paired with a  wonderful publisher of multicultural books- Barefoot Books.  I’ve enjoyed many Barefoot Books over the last few years so I was excited to get a book that was new to me.

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Lola’s Fandango by Anna Witte and illustrated by Micha Archer is the story of a young Spanish girl named Lola who yearns to be good at something just like her older sister, Clementina.  When Lola discovers a pair of dancing shoes in her Mami’s closet she decides that she wants to learn to dance.  Together she works with her Papi to learn how to dance and keeps it a secret until her Mami’s birthday.  There she finds her courage to perform in front of everyone!

The book also includes information on flamenco dancing, the fandango beat and a glossary of Spanish words used in the story.  An audio cd also accompanies the book with narration of the story and original flamenco music.

This is a great read, and an opportunity to incorporate a multicultural book into the lives of children.  It’s a great story for helping kids discover what they are good at and finding the courage to pursue their passions.  It’s also a story about family love.  All great reasons for adding the title to your bookshelf!

So, where do you find other great multicultural books?  One of my favorite places are to browse catalogs from publishers that specialize in multicultural books such as Barefoot Books.  I also find great ideas from some of my favorite bloggers including the book lists from Erica at What Do We Do All Day?  Here is one of her recent lists on Chinese Folktales for Kids. Also, develop a relationship with your librarians and let them help with your search.  You will also find lots and lots of reviews of books in the blog hop for International Multicultural Book Day.  Enjoy adding new books to your bookshelves!

Participating Bloggers Include:  2GirlsLostInaBook · 365 Days of Motherhood · A Bilingual Baby · A Simple Life, Really? · Africa to America · After School Smarty Pants · All Done Monkey · Andi’s Kids Books · Anita Brown Bag  · Austin Gilkeson · Barbara Ann Mojica ·  Books My Kids Read · Bottom Shelf Books · Cats Eat Dogs · Chasing The Donkey · Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac · Children’s Books Heal · Church o Books · CitizenBeta · Crafty Moms Share · Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes · Early Words · Flowering Minds · Franticmommy · Gathering Books · GEO Librarian · Gladys Barbieri · Going in Circles · Growing Book by Book · iGame Mom · I’m Not The Nanny · InCulture Parent · Itsy Bitsy Mom ·Just Children’s BooksKid World Citizen · Kristi’s Book Nook · Mama Lady Books · Mama Smiles · Mission Read · Mother Daughter Book Reviews · Mrs AOk · MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter · Ms. Yingling Reads · Multicultural Kids Blog · One Sweet World · Open Wide The World · P is for Preschooler · Rapenzel Dreams · School4Boys · Sharon the Librarian · Spanish Playground · Sprout’s Bookshelf · Squishable Baby · Stanley and Katrina · Teach Mama · The Art of Home Education · The Brain Lair · The Educators’ Spin On It · The Family-Ship Experience · The Yellow Door Paperie · This Kid Reviews Books  · Trishap’s Books · Unconventional Librarian · Vicki Arnold · We3Three · World for Learning · Wrapped in Foil 

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About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


  1. This would make a fun topic for a middle grade novel as well. I have a growing number of Hispanic students and am always looking for more books that include Hispanic characters.

  2. This book sounds fun! I love that it includes more information about flamenco dancing. And a CD with it is a bonus!

  3. Thanks so much for the amazing review. I had to come and read this one right away because we love Lola’s Fandango! I think the music and illustrations are just superb! I’m pinning this one, cause I know other parents will appreciate reading this review!

  4. Thank you so much for joining us for Multicultural Children’s Book Day Jodie! We really appreciate your support!

    Thank you also for listing great resources to find more great children’s books with diversity themes as well as your review on Lola’s Fandango. It made me want to learn more about Flamenco though I’m not sure if I am coordinated enough to actually try to dance it!

    • Mia, thank you for organizing such an important event. It is great to see attention being drawn to the need for more multicultural books. I’m honored to be a part of the project!

  5. I love that this book also includes an audio CD! I think our book club would really enjoy this book, thank for sharing!

    I’ve enjoyed being a reviewer for Multicultural Children’s Book Day too – I am thrilled with all of the new books my family has discovered along the way!

  6. I love Lola’s Fandango. A great book about flamenco and I adore the use of onomatopoeia! When the book was first released by Barefoot Books, I joined the illustrator Micha Archer at the BFB Studio in Concord for the day: art projects, book reading and a special learn to dance flamenco taught by me!

  7. What a great post, and review.

  8. Thank you for this review, I didn’t know this book! I come from Spain, but can’t dance flamenco at all, no matter how hard I try, I need a miracle, ha, ha

  9. Well… I cannot wait to check out Lola’s Fandango now! I grew up not knowing much about my Spanish side, so, this will be fun to read to my children.
    Thanks for your review and celebrating diversity.

  10. What a delightful book to share today. I have a granddaughter who’d enjoy this one!

  11. Sounds like a lovely book. Would also be perfect for reading to kids before a holiday in Spain (a very popular British holiday destination).

  12. I love this: “It’s a great story for helping kids discover what they are good at and finding the courage to pursue their passions. ” Sounds like a winner. Thanks for sharing on #MCKLitDay! Tweeting now…

  13. awesome post! this book just sounds wonderful. I especially love when you wrote “It’s a great story for helping kids discover what they are good at and finding the courage to pursue their passions. It’s also a story about family love.” Yet another Barefoot Book I want to get my hands on.

  14. Thanks – I will check this out – sounds like it would be perfect for a dance themed Story Time!

  15. How cool! I love flamenco and have never seen a children’s book about it!:)

  16. Illustrations look lovely. We also love Barefoot books!


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