About the book series

“So often at the library I search for bilingual books to give families that they feel comfortable, and excited to read, and these books are the perfect combination. They celebrate Spanish-speaking culture in such a perfect way that makes it fun for everyone to read and learn, no matter what language you speak at home!”

Kristin Aldrich, New York Public Library

“Just what we’ve been waiting for. Bright and cheery, these simple and sturdy bilingual books are great fun to read aloud and come with a lift-the-flap bonus. Thank you, Canticos!”

Valerie Lewis, Owner, Hicklebee’s Children’s Bookstore

“Every book that comes out of Canticos is a delight…Custom-made for bilingual storytimes.”

Betsy Bird, School Library Journal

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ A Best Book of the Year 2016.
Kirkus Reviews

⭐ “A thoroughly engaging, ingeniously designed Latino celebration.” Read more.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

⭐ “Delightful… Numerous flaps and a turn-the-wheel feature add to the fun… should draw smiles.” Read more.
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

⭐ “A fully immersive and interactive reading experience… Little ones and their grown-ups will love singing and reading this book together. A perfect choice for bilingual story times.”  Read more.
Starred ReviewSchool Library Journal

⭐ “Another design success for Jaramillo and the lucky babies who are given this book.” Read more.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

✦ “Following her wonderful Los pollitos/Little Chickies, Jaramillo returns with a beautiful adaptation of another well-loved traditional song for children. VERDICT: Perfect for bilingual storytime programs and any bookshelf.”
Lucia Acosta, School Library Journal

International Latino Book Awards finalist for Best Educational Children’s Picture Book

✦ “Little ones will squeal with delight.” Read more.
Kirkus Reviews

✦ “Filled with playful and colorfully painted animals by Venezuelan illustrator Jaramillo, you
are swept up in a visual sing-along of a beloved rhyme. The book’s sturdy pages and flaps
are great for little fingers, and the accordion format is unique.”
Selenia Paz, Booklist

✦ “The antics of Jaramillo’s expressive mice will keep children amused in whichever language they are reading.” Read more.
Publishers Weekly

✦ “The illustrations enhance the opportunity for second language enrichment. They are brightly colored with prominent yellows and blues, and include several flaps for children to lift and further interact with this delightful little book…A great addition to bilingual preschool classrooms and public library collections.”
School Library Journal

✦ “The high-quality construction and simple elegance of the book make it excellent for a gift for a beloved child. The book comes in a sturdy box for added protection. A free app provides grown-ups and kids alike with the tune that accompanies the song, so there’s no need to worry if you don’t know it already.” Read more.
Ashley Hope Pérez, Professor of Comparative Literature, Ohio State University, Latinos in KidLit

✦ International Latino Book Awards finalist for Most Unique Binding for a Book

⭐ “Use this for a Day of the Dead storytime program, but do not limit it to that—it’s too much fun!” Read more.
Starred Review, School Library Journal

✦ “Jaramillo’s exuberant pencil illustrations brim with festive detail; clocks with moveable hands open both versions of the story, playing into the time-telling aspect of this eerie counting tale.” Read more.
Publishers Weekly

Tejas Star Reading List 2018
“Selected among the greatest quality materials from Spanish, bilingual, and multicultural books that reflect the population and diversity of the state of Texas.” Read more.
Texas Library Association

✦ “A clock with movable hands found at the beginning of each side is sure to be a hit with young children…And coupled with the beautiful illustrations, this book is perfect for October, Halloween, and the Day of the Dead, as well as for learning about time and counting from 1 to 12.”
Selenia Paz, Booklist

✦ “Kids will enjoy the rhythmic verse, cute illustrations, and they may learn to tell time by manipulating the movable hands of the clock. Not to mention word and phrases in Spanish and English!” Read more.
Common Sense Media

International Latino Book Awards finalist for Best Latino Picture Book


✦ “Bright, captivating yet simple illustrations and vibrant colors throughout the book make it ideal for very young readers and their caregivers. This is the sixth book in the series by the same author, and is equally deserving of space in any early literacy collection”
School Library Journal

✦ “Bright and cheerful illustrations stand out against a white background, but the real showstopper is a glowing sun with orange and gold foil rays that turn with a spinning wheel…With singing, interactive, and learning possibilities, this is another delightful addition to the series.”
Kirkus Reviews

✦ “Every book that comes out of Canticos is a delight and this latest bilingual title is no exception…This is a bilingual Spanish/English baby storytime dream come true.” Read more.
Betsy Bird, School Library Journal

✦ “A perfect addition to bilingual collections for toddlers and preschoolers, and a great way to introduce young readers to traditional Spanish children’s songs.”
Selenia Paz, Booklist