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Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad

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José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad 

written and illustrated by David Diaz

song lyrics by José Feliciano

All Ages, 28 pages

I was excited when I discovered this book at the library, since “Feliz Navidad” is one of my favorite Christmas Songs. (Go ahead and click the video to listen while you read.) In the book, José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad the reader almost sings along as the lyrics are slowly written on the pages. José Feliciano was born in Puerto Rico and moved to New York at a young age. He wrote “Feliz Navidad” when he was homesick during the Christmas season. Feliciano was born blind, but that didn’t stop this songwriter who won six Grammy Awards with more than sixty-five albums. The book describes a parranda that is a Christmas tradition in Puerto Rico. A parranda is basically a caroling parade when neighbors and friends surprise each other from house to house with small instruments. The festive parade lasts hours and moves through the neighborhood with singing, dancing, and food. At the end, there is a huge feast and cookout often with a roasted pig that brings everyone together. The book was very colorful and festive, which is appropriate for such an upbeat Christmas song.

 

Weekly Quote: Explore Worlds – Read

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You can travel the world and never leave your chair when you read a book.

― Sherry K. Plummer

I posted this video already, but I really think it demonstrates the power of reading and that it can take you anywhere.

Read Banned Books on YouTube

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In celebration of Banned Books Week next week, you have the opportunity to read your favorite banned books to everyone. There is a YouTube channel that authors and individuals can post videos of themselves reading banned or challenged books. The video reading cannot be more than two minutes. You can also create a video from first hand experience of books being challenged which cannot be more than three minutes. Additional information is found here: virtual read-out.

Books Take You Anywhere

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I saw this Family Circus comic strip and it made me smile. Along his reading journeys he meets The Cat in the Hat, Harry Potter, Huckleberry Finn, and a brave knight. The last comment he states:

Books let me go anywhere in the world to meet lots of people while I’m warm and cozy here in my own bed.

Reading books can take you anywhere your heart desires. Open the pages and you may follow Alice through the rabbit hole, play quidditch at Hogwarts, taste creations at a chocolate factory, unlock hidden secrets, challenge others to a duel, soar around the world, explore the sea, and travel to the past or future. So get comfy in your favorite reading spot and open the pages into a new world.

I already posted this video, but it fits that books can take you anywhere.

Videos: Reading inspires children

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I found these videos on http://www.read.gov which is sponsored through the Library of Congress. These videos captured how reading inspires children and that it can take you anywhere from Hogwarts, Naria, Camelot, to Oz. Watch and share with others.

Video: Wonders of books

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I was looking for an article and stumbled upon this video. It was made in response to a ‘I hate reading’ Facebook page. I can’t imagine individuals hating reading so much that they’d form a community page. Oh well.