We 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! Read more about Bella The Caterpillar below and/or visit www.communitypublishing.org/btc
Marisol was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. Marisol is an enrolled member of the Navajo (Diné) Nation (Native American). She is also of New Mexican Hispanic and Colombian American descent. Marisol wrote Bella The Caterpillar at the age of 7. She studies the Violin, and loves to sing. She performed with the Albuquerque Public Schools Honor Choir in 2017. Marisol loves to draw, paint and conduct science experiments. Her goals are to continue writing, while pursuing a career in Singing and Science.
arisol is also the Star of the Take Me Away Video by Reviva
. Reviva will release its first single and video off its new album “Equanimity” and perform on January 14th at Duel Taproom located in downtown Albuquerque at 606 Central Ave. SW from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The title of the single is “Take Me Away” and the video paints a real life picture of a young girl who loses her family because of immigration policies in place in our country. This release will be sponsored by Humans of New Mexico and other immigration groups, and all money raised will be donated to them. The video was produced by Production Outfitters and Directed by Gary Marsh. More info click here
Reviva is a band with seven members who were born and raised in New Mexico. Reviva’s mission over the last eight years has been to inspire through the power of music. Their lyrics, in both English and Spanish, are positive and many of their songs speak to important issues such as Immigration, the Environment, and the need to have compassion and love for one another. Fans are moved to sing and dance to their original reggae/rock songs and embrace this message of caring and compassion for others.Reviva’s hope is that by sharing this song/video, it will highlight how our current policies are adversely affecting families and the need to take immediate action on their behalf. This belief is supported by all major religions in this country and is the foundation upon which America was formed. There are currently 1.9 million immigrants who live in the United States and meet the rigorous requirements of DACA.
These people are teachers, doctors,
military personnel and laborers. They work hard, pay their taxes, and support their families. Unless Congress takes action in the next sixty (60) days, they will be deported.In addition to DACA, there are millions of other immigrants who live in, work, and contribute to their communities and our country. They deserve to have a rational immigration policy in place rather than to be used for political purposes to promote dissension, hatred, and
Bella The Caterpillar
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 visit www.communitypublishing.org for more info.
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. Regardless of a child’s reading level, they will enjoy this brightly colored story about a caterpillar wondering about her future within her present circumstances!. More info by clicking here. Purchase your copy below!