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Queen of Tejano Music: Selena

By: Silvia López

Illustrator: Paola Escobar

Selena Quintanilla's music career began at the age of nine when she started singing in her family's band. She went from using a hairbrush as a microphone to traveling from town to town to play gigs. But Selena faced a challenge: People said that she would never make it in Tejano music, which was dominated by male performers. Selena was determined to prove them wrong.

Born and raised in Texas, Selena didn't know how to speak Spanish, but with the help of her dad, she learned to sing it. With songs written and composed by her older brother and the fun dance steps Selena created, her band, Selena Y Los Dinos, rose to stardom! A true trailblazer, her success in Tejano music and her crossover into mainstream American music opened the door for other Latinx entertainers, and she became an inspiration for Latina girls everywhere.

Time line. Further information. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781499811421

JLG Release: Oct 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics:

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (1971–1995) , Tejano musicians , Biography , Singers , Mexican Americans , Hispanic and Latino Americans  

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This vibrant biography covers singer Selena Quintanilla’s rise to fame, along with the struggles she overcame. Readers learn how Selena got her name, how she sang in the family’s band as a young girl, and about the creation of Selena y Los Dinos. The smoothly paced story combines informative paragraphs about the subject’s life with quotes fro This vibrant biography covers singer Selena Quintanilla’s rise to fame, along with the struggles she overcame. Readers learn how Selena got her name, how she sang in the family’s band as a young girl, and about the creation of Selena y Los Dinos. The smoothly paced story combines informative paragraphs about the subject’s life with quotes from those who knew her, as well as from Selena herself. The colorful, almost vintage-style illustrations bring the entertainer and everything around her to life, including her trademark electric smile. The book shows how she reached impossible career heights and also mentions Selena’s interests (designing clothes and working with children). A time line and additional text provides more information about Tejanos, Tex-Mex music, places where Selena lived, the tragedy that ended her life, and its heartbreaking aftermath. Every part of this work, from the font choice to the illustrations to the text and endnotes, comes together to create a narrative as beautiful as its subject. Recommended for children’s nonfiction biography collections.

Book Details

ISBN

9781499811421

First Release

October 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

9 2/3" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

little bee books

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (1971–1995), Tejano musicians, Biography, Singers, Mexican Americans, Hispanic and Latino Americans, 

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