How would you describe your neighborhood?
By Morgan on October 4th, 2010
What’s happening around your neighborhood? There are probably a lot of little things that go on — slices of life that take place in between the big parades and weekend sports events, the block parties and local festivals. Sometimes, it’s those quiet, everyday moments that are the most representative of a community.
That’s what I realize when I look at Welcome to My Neighborhood! A Barrio ABC, a new picture book written by Quiara Alegría Hudes and illustrated by Shino Arihara. This beautiful book walks Ava and her best friend through her neighborhood in alphabetical style — from her abuela to Z Street. It’s poetic and smart with a few twinges of sadness, and it’s gorgeously illustrated with the bright, watercolor-y shades that make up a neighborhood. And it turns out Quiara is also the author of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, and she based Welcome to My Neighborhood on her hometown of Philadelphia.
Welcome to My Neighborhood is also available in Spanish, which means it’s a great resource for teachers, students, and families. And guess what? Quiara was kind enough to sign three copies each of the English and Spanish versions before she read to kids in The Scholastic Store last week…and we’re giving them away!
GIVEAWAY: We have three sets of Welcome to My Neighborhood (in English and Spanish) to give away to three lucky readers. To enter, leave a comment with a few words on how you would describe your own neighborhood. Is it rowdy? Peaceful? Idyllic? Let us know and you’re entered to win! View the complete rules here.
UPDATE! Congratulations to the three winners, who were randomly selected: Monica, MeadowsDesigns, and Amber! It was so fun hearing about all the neighborhoods (some of your descriptions read like poetry – beautiful!). The three winners can expect an email with further instructions. Thanks for playing!
And meanwhile…we wanted to take this opportunity to also celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15. (Why those dates? Find out here!) There are some class-friendly teacher activities available on Scholastic.com to help explain the significance of the month, and some more excellent family ideas here. And if you’re in need of suggested reading, here’s a fantastic themed booklist. And of course, the Scholastic Top Picks site helps you out with all sorts of themed book suggestions, all year round!