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Colorful Mondays: A Bookmobile Spreads Hope in Honduras

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A beautiful, empowering story about the impact of literacy in underprivileged communities, based on a real bookmobile program in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Luis's favorite day of the week is Monday, the day the bookmobile comes to his neighborhood. In Villa Nueva, sad stories can gather like dark, stormy clouds. But at the bookmobile, Luis hears stories that burst with life, laughter, and color. Maybe today will bring a song or a puppet show! He might even get to pick a book to read on his own. Every new Monday fills Luis and his neighbors with a joy they can't help but bring back home.

Co-written by the director of JustWorld International's bookmobile program in Tegucigalpa, Colorful Mondays is an inspiring celebration of the ways books and learning can bring joy to a community. Illustrated in captivating swirls of color, this uplifting book highlights the strength of disadvantaged children and the creativity of those who help them imagine a better future.


ISBN-13: 9780802856166

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 09-19-2023

Pages: 36

Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

Series: Stories from Latin America

Nelson Rodríguez is a children's writer, music teacher, and performer, and the director of JustWorld International's Asociación Compartir mobile library project. Through a chain of serendipitous events, he met children's bookseller Leonardo Agustín Montes and began collaborating with him on children's stories. Colorful Mondays is their English-language debut.

Rosana Faría and Carla Tabora began illustrating projects together in 2020. Carla is a Brazilian visual artist and photographer whose work has been exhibited across the world. Rosana is a Venezuelan professor and illustrator whose The Black Book of Colors (Groundwood) was a 2008 New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Both Carla and Rosana are based in Barcelona, Spain. Follow their studio Tiliabooks on Instagram @tiliabooks and visit their website at tiliabooksesp.myportfolio.com.

Lawrence Schimel has written or translated over 200 books, including Niños, Different, and 9 Kilometers (all Eerdmans). His works have received many awards, including a PEN Translates Award and the GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Honor. Lawrence lives in Madrid, Spain. Follow him on Twitter @lawrenceschimel.