Alma and How She Got Her Name

  • Title: Alma and How She Got Her Name
  • Author: Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication year: 2018
  • Brief Summary: From Amazon-“If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I did find another article from The School Library Journal’s “The Classroom Bookshelf” that gives teachers discussion questions to use with this book. This book would be a great read aloud.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. – One of my favorite illustrations one of the last ones that shows all the items that represent Alma’s names. The baby blue and light pink colors present throughout the book give a calm feeling to this illustration.

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