David Diaz

Books by This Illustrator

César: Yes, We Can!

painting of Cesar Chavez
Illustrated by: David Diaz
Language: Spanish vocabulary featured

The life and times of César Chávez are vividly re-created in this collection of evocative poems. Where most biographies stick to the facts of what a person did, this one also touches on the man's character and values. Children will learn about Chávez, but, more importantly, they will learn about the important lessons he taught others even amid great challenges.

Diego: Bigger Than Life

Illustrated by: David Diaz
Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)

Product Description: Carmen T. Bernier-Grand's inspiring free verse and David Diaz's vivid paintings capture the defining moments and emotions of Rivera's tumultuous life, including his stormy relationship with artist Frida Kahlo and his passion for his art. Rivera's energy, physique, love for women, and work were all "bigger than life." A biography, chronology, glossary, sources, notes, and famous quotations are included.

El Barrio

Illustrated by: David Diaz
Age Level: 3-6

Product Description: Join a young boy as he explores his vibrant neighborhood. El Barrio is his sister preparing for her quinceañera, his grandfather singing about the past, and his cousins' stories from other lands. The city is alive with the rhythms of the street. Told in lyrical language and through bold, colorful illustrations, this celebration of Hispanic culture and urban life is sure to fire children's curiosity about where they live and what they can discover in their own neighborhoods.

La vasija que Juan construyó

Illustrated by: David Diaz
Age Level: 0-3
Ilustrado con imágenes vivas e intensas, este título es tanto un cuento como un libro informativo. Narrado en versos acumulativos en rimas, el cuento explica cómo se hace una vasija, desde los primeros pasos de excavar la arcilla, hasta los últimos pasos de pintar y cocer la vasija. El lado a mano derecha de cada página contiene información suplementaria basada en hechos sobre la vida y el trabajo del alfarero mejicano Juan Quezada, cuyo trabajo transformó su pueblo Mata Ortiz, en Chihuahua, de un pueblo empobrecido de obreros mal pagados a una comunidad próspera de artistas trabajadores.

Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert

Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert
Illustrated by: David Diaz
Age Level: 6-9

Martin and his sister grew up in a Lima, Peru barrio, children of an African slave and a Spanish nobleman. Martin was apprenticed to a cirujano, would join a Dominican monastery, and later become sought after as a healer. Jewel-like illustrations complement the accessible telling to reveal a man of faith and courage, who, despite the prejudices he confronted, would become the first black saint of the Americas. Pura Belpré Award Winner for Illustration.

Me, Frida

Portrait of Frida Kahlo
Illustrated by: David Diaz
Age Level: 6-9

Product Description: Like a tiny bird in a big city, Frida Kahlo feels lost and lonely when she arrives in San Francisco with her husband, the famous artist Diego Rivera. It is the first time she has left her home in Mexico. And Frida wants to be a painter too. But as Frida begins to explore San Francisco on her own, she discovers more than the beauty, diversity, and exuberance of America. She finds the inspiration she needs to become one of the most celebrated artists of all time.

Neighborhood Odes

By: Gary Soto
Illustrated by: David Diaz
Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)

"The Hispanic neighborhood in Soto's 21 poems is brought sharply into focus by the care with which he records images of everyday life: the music of an ice cream vendor's truck, the top of a refrigerator where old bread lies in plastic, dust released into the air when a boy strums a guitar…Diaz's woodcuts complement the poems perfectly: the silhouettes are fanciful and dynamic but do not draw attention from the words on the page." — Publishers Weekly

Ocean's Child

Illustrated by: David Diaz
Age Level: 3-6
As an Inuit mother and her child paddle home in their boat, they notice other animal mothers and their children preparing for sleep. Attractive, stylized illustrations evoke the Arctic setting as mothers and their young prepare to rest.

Rin, Rin, Rin/Do, Re, Mi

Illustrated by: David Diaz
Age Level: 6-9

Rin, Rin, Rin, Do, Re, Mi is a book that allows children to practice basic literacy skills in Spanish as well as in English. José-Luis Orozco is able to gracefully describe daily routines while making rhymes for children to read or sing along to. This book is based on a song written by Orozco, who is an award-winning Hispanic songwriter. The book has an accompanying CD.

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