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Dinner on Domingos

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ISBN: 9781646862948

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Written by Alexandra Katona
Illustrated by Claudia Navarro

“This magical home turns a normal Sunday into domingo: the best day of the week.” Warm memories wash over a first-generation Latinx American girl as she experiences a typical Sunday night dinner at her Abuelita’s house. Readers are immersed in the rich ways love is expressed within this home: the delicious smells of Ecuadorian home cooking, dancing, hugging and playing games with aunts, uncles and cousins. As Alejandra thinks about all the good times her family has had there, she decides that she wants to be brave and try speaking Spanish with Abuelita so that they can deepen their bond. Based on the author’s own life, this timely tale reflects the experience of many families.

Key Selling Points:

  • BASED ON THE AUTHOR’S LIFE: An author’s note with photographs reveals that the story is based on debut author Alexandra Katona’s own family experience.
  • CULTURAL AWARENESS: Celebrates the warm traditions of an American immigrant family and highlights the common phenomenon of a language barrier between generations.
  • SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING: Depicts the powerful role of family in the life of a child, as well as providing a vivid view of her memories and wishes.
  • AWARD-WINNING ILLUSTRATOR: Claudia Navarro’s lush, saturated illustrations imbue the book with tangible emotion.

More Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.50 x 10.75 inches
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Age Range: Ages 4-8 years
  • Leveling: M/2
  • Grade Level: PreK - 3

Awards & Accolades

  • Independent Press Award, Picture Book, 2023
  • Honorable Mention, International Latino Book Awards, 2022
  • 9 Favorite New Books about Families Cooking Together, Edible Finger Lakes, 2021
  • Hot Off the Press Reading List, Children’s Book Council, September 2021
  • Let’s Cook and Eat Together Showcase, Children’s Book Council, 2021

“Navarro’s joyful illustrations are filled with movement and bright, happy colors, capturing the boisterous reunions in an accessible and humorous way . . . An ebullient celebration of family and the rituals that bring a family together” – Kirkus Reviews

“Drawing upon her own childhood experiences, Katona offers a warm story of family, food, and fun . . . A wonderful celebration of culture and family, idea for storytime or classroom reading” – Booklist

About the Contributors

Written by - Alexandra Katona
Alexandra Katona has been writing stories since she was young. When she's not writing, you can find her on an outdoor adventure, cooking for her family, or working in the specialty coffee industry. She lives with her husband, son, and dog in Southern California.
Illustrated by - Claudia Navarro
Claudia Navarro studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas UNAM in Mexico City, and has illustrated for clients around the world. She lives in Mexico City, Mexico.

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