“Growing Up Pedro” and “20 Camiones Grandes” (giveaway!)


Disclosure: I received copies of these books for review purposes. No other compensation was given. As always, all opinions are my own.

Veinte camiones grandes en medio de la calle” by Mark Lee and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus, is a Spanish-language board book aimed at children ages 2 to 5 years old, but I will admit something to you – as a non-native speaker, I learned a lot of new words in this book! I feel like the vocabulary is pretty advanced given the audience, but I see that as a positive thing as there are plenty of children’s books with much more basic language. (An example of a sentence that tripped me up: “El 17 arrastra un tambor de alquitrán.” Apparently “arrastrar” means to drag or haul, and “alquitrán” is tar.)

The book has a good rhythm and rhyming words which make it fun to read aloud, and kids who love vehicles will be completely enthralled by the illustrations of all the different types of cars and trucks caught up in a traffic jam.

As for “Growing up Pedro” by Matt Tavares – I really loved this book. I’m not a big baseball fan and honestly didn’t know who Pedro Martínez was, (now I do!) but this is a really beautifully written story about a Dominican-born baseball player who grows up admiring his brother Ramón. Both brothers end up making history in American major league baseball but it’s the touching glimpse into their personal lives behind their careers and the gorgeous illustrations that make this book so appealing. “Growing up Pedro” is aimed at children ages 8 to 12, but I can see children who are a little younger enjoying it as well, (although because of the length they may not be able to listen to it in one sitting.)

Want to win a copy of each of these books? Check out the giveaway below!



Prize description: Two lucky winners will each receive a prize pack which includes a copy of GROWING UP PEDRO by Matt Tavares and a copy of 20 CAMIONES GRANDES EN MEDIO DE LA CALLE by Mark Lee, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus.

Approximate value: $25.00 per prize pack

How to Enter:

Just leave a comment below telling me your child’s favorite book right now! Alternately, you can tell me one of YOUR favorite children’s books. (Please read official rules below.)

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Buena suerte! Good luck!


  1. I, also, am a non native speaker but I try to encourage my children to broaden their horizon may it be in their vocabulary or culture. This book would be perfect for them and for myself as well. Everytime my son sees a car or really big truck, he yells out “camion” or “carito”. I hope we win.

  2. What a fun giveaway! I have a 9 year old son who will be starting his first baseball season soon and he would enjoy reading “Growing up Pedro”. He is of mixed roots and it’s always fun to find appealing, culturally appropriate books for boys!

  3. I think “Growing Up Pedro” would be great for my Spanish I and II students! They probably know who he is! One of my favorite books as a child was “The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson,” which told the story of Jackie Robinson as a parallel to a young immigrant’s experience in the United States. I think telling stories about remarkable people is a great way to inspire teenagers, and in this case, to foster language learning.

  4. Trucks and baseball – both topics that my son loves! And wow, I would have probably figured out “arrastrar” but definitely “tar” being “alquitran” is a first for this near-native speaker! :-) My little guy’s favorite book right now is “Azul el sombrero, verde el sombrero” since they read it in English at preschool and we read it in Spanish at home. Plus it’s just a fun book! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  5. The book we read at night a lot is Oh, Say Can You Say…a Dr. Seuss tongue twister book. I don’t know how it’s survived and in such great condition because it was mine as a child…it even has my five year old handwritten name in it. I still remember my mom reading it to me and not messing up the words. Thanks for the chance to win these cool books!

  6. Pedro Martínez is not only a rag to riches history, but more universally, is the story of the little guy that did stuff that big guys only dream of. Both him and his older and much bigger brother Ramón were drafted by the Dodgers, and at some point, the team officials decided to get rid of Pedro, and kept Ramón, believing to hadt the one that was “going to make it”. History shows us now the big mistake they made. Ramón ended up being a “lower middle of the pack” pitcher, in the mean time, Pedro, probably to show them they made a mistake, ended up being one of the very few to be enshrined into the hall of fame on their first year. The little engine that not just could, but ended up being one of the best ever. So, needless to say, it should be a great book to read by everyone. :)

  7. I forgot to tell about my favorite book as a child. I learned to read before I ever went to school. When and where I grew up, there were no kindergarten, so first grade was really first. My father loved to read, and so did I. I don’t really would not be able to single out any book, I read so many. When I was 7 I read Carl Marx’s “El Capital”. When I was 9, my oldest brother was in medical school, and I used to read his books, loved them, cause there were so many words I never knew before, so I used to have a dictionary near me. When I was 17, I moved to California, and I had to learn English because I could not find books in Spanish. Si I like to read to my kids books that are not so “childish”. My 9 year old son and I are reading now (I’ve read it 3 times by now) “La Capital” by Jonathan Kandell.I’d say that should be a “must read” by anyone interested in Hispanic culture.

  8. My daughter’s favorite book right now is El Camioncito Azul. It has a lot of animal and truck sounds that hold her attention. My favorite book as a child was The Giving Tree. I still love it today and have gained a new appreciation for it now that I have a daughter. We read it together in Spanish.

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