cover image Queen of Tejano Music: Selena

Queen of Tejano Music: Selena

Silvia López, illus. by Paola Escobar. Little Bee, $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4998-1142-1

This engaging, narrative-heavy picture book biography of Mexican American superstar Selena Quintanilla (1971–1995) follows her journey from childhood to adulthood, illustrating her struggles and triumphs on her path to prominence. Through page-long subtitled sections (“A Family Band,” “The Language Challenge,” and more), López contextualizes Selena’s life and career, supplementing the narrative with quotations that allow readers a glimpse of her personality (on making little profit after a television appearance: “ ‘If we got five or ten dollars,’ Selena said, ‘we could go to Whataburger!’ ”). Escobar’s elaborate illustrations prove an enriching complement, portraying key scenes, significant players, and iconic outfits. The narrative elides mention of Selena’s death, choosing to end on a hopeful note, but back matter includes an illustrated timeline and further information on the subject’s life and death. Ages 6–9. [em](Aug.) [/em]