New Mexico - Arizona Children's Book of the Year 2017

Children’s Book of the Year 2017!!

NM - AZ Children's Book of the Year 2017We are excited to announce that our bilingual children’s book, Bella The Caterpillar, was selected as the winner of the 2017 New Mexico – Arizona Book of the Year! 10 year old Author Marisol Paramo becomes the youngest winner in the history of the awards program! Illustrated by Acey May with illustration contributions by Ms. Paramo, the book also features a sound-track, narration in both English and Spanish!

From the imagination of 7 year old Marisol Paramo, the creative talents of Lead Illustrator Acey May, contributing illustrations by Ms. Paramo and Music from recording artist ChristianO’s Concepto Tambor, comes a bilingual, multimedia children’s story: Bella the Caterpillar.

Narrated in English and Spanish by recording artist Raquel Z. Rivera, this is a wonderful coming of age tale utilizing the vocal talents of 5 child actors. This book is available in print and digital formats, purchase your copy below.

Foreword – Hakim Bellamy – Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate

Author, Kellogg Foundation Fellow and Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy states, ‘In the very first sentence of her story is a caterpillar named “Bella.” Immediately, we drawn to Paramo’s freshness of perspective. Challenging the existing notion that caterpillars are not beautiful until they become butterflies. From the very beginning, Paramo acknowledges the inherent value of a 16-legged protagonist … while foreshadowing Bella’s eventual metamorphosis. As a dad, I’ve read my fair share of children’s books and I can say with some certainty that there are a significant number of adult children’s book authors who don’t execute the foreshadow with as much skill.”

Set in a tropical backyard, the soundtrack, composed by Christian Orellana, contains tropical rhythms. Mr. Orellana featured the talents of Harpist Dave Hoover, Bassist Gilbert “Ad Lib” Uribe, vocalist Carrie-Ann Maes and Audio Engineer/Musician/Actor Nick “Furious” Myers of FuriouStylz Entertainment.

“Author Marisol Paramo was 7 years-old when she penned Bella to life. Paramo creates a world within her story where questions are welcome, beauty is abundant and transformation (spoiler alert) is encouraged. In the very first sentence of her story we meet a caterpillar named “Bella.” Immediately, we are drawn to Paramo’s freshness of perspective. Challenging the existing notion that caterpillars are not beautiful until they become butterflies. From the very beginning, Paramo acknowledges the inherent value of her 16-legged protagonist … while foreshadowing Bella’s eventual metamorphosis.

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