Be Bold! Be Brave!: 11 Latinas who made U.S. History


by Naibe Reynoso
illustrated by Jone Leal 

Be Bold! Be Brave! 11 American Latinas Who Made U.S. History / Sé Audaz! Sé Valiente!: 11 Latinas Que Hicieron Historia en los Estados Unidos is a bilingual book that highlights 11 Latinas who excelled in their professions and made U.S. history by accomplishing something that hadn’t been done before in various fields including medicine, science, sports, art and politics. By presenting the true biographical stories of these outstanding Latinas in rhyming verses, young readers will easily follow their journey to success.

Some of the women highlighted include Antonia Novello (first female Surgeon General in the U.S.), Ellen Ochoa (first Latina to go to space), Sonia Sotomayor (first Latina Supreme Court Justice,) Rita Moreno (first Latina to win an Oscar), and Pura Belpre (first Latina to incorporate and promote bilingual literacy in Public Libraries).

Ages 8 and up
Paperback | 33 pages | Con Todo Press | 2020

According to 2018 statistics from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), only 10% of characters represented in children’s picture books were African American, 7% Asian, 5% Latinx, and 1% American Indian. Con Todo Press was created in 2018 to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities. They publish books that reflect a more balanced representation of women, Latinos, and people of color. Their titles have main characters of color and contain culturally relevant subject matter written by Latinx authors.

We LOVE their  mission to produce books told from an authentic and relatable perspective that bridge the gap between communities of color and media.

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