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When We Love Someone We Sing To Them

By Ernesto Javier Martínez & Illustrated by Maya Christina González

Reflection Press

ISBN: 978-1-945289-14-9

2018 |  Children's Book

Awards & Recognitions:

  • International Latino Book Award (Best Children's Picture Book in English)

  • International Latino Book Award (Best First Book for Children and Youth-Bilingual)
  • American Library Association "Rainbow Book list" selection


Advanced Praise:

“What a groundbreaking gem of a book that recognizes and celebrates the first heartbeats of a boy’s crush on another boy. This sensitively written story and its stunning illustrations hold up to the light an emotional truth that has heretofore been whispered and sings it to life!”— Rigoberto González, award-winning author and educator

“A book for parents as much as for children that should have been published centuries ago.”— F. Isabel Campoy, award-winning author and educator

“When We Love Someone We Sing to Them is touching, beautiful, and necessary. The intricate weaving of song through relationships—between parent and child, child and parents, child and love—gives life to a story that children can embrace from the heart.”— Innosanto Nagara, bestselling author of 'A Is for Activist' and more

“A wonderful reminder to us as parents, guardians, and caregivers that children already recognize the harmony of el bonito amor and need us to help them share it.”— Manuel Muñoz, award-winning author and educator