Joe Cepeda

Books by This Illustrator

Get Ready for Gabi: A Crazy Mixed Up Spanglish Day

Illustrated by: Joe Cepeda
Age Level: 6-9

Third grade Gabi speaks Spanish at home and English at school and sometimes "Spanglish" everywhere. Spanish and English combine naturally in Gabi's narration as the irrepressible, likable girl befriends a kindergartner who has moved from Nicaragua and as she controls her temper when teased by a classmate.

Gracias, El Pavo de Thanksgiving

Illustrated by: Joe Cepeda
Age Level: 3-6

Cuando un niño puertorriqueño en Nueva York recibe un pavo en noviembre como regalo, decide que no puede sacrificar a su nueva mascota para el banquete del Día de Acción de Gracias. Con la ayuda de su familia y sus vecinos, encuentra la forma de salvarlo en este cuento encantador.

Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey

Illustrated by: Joe Cepeda
Age Level: 3-6

In this warm holiday story, a young Puerto Rican boy saves the life of his pet turkey on Thanksgiving with help from his close-knit New York City family and neighborhood. Spanish vocabulary is woven into the text. Spanish version available.

Mice and Beans

Illustrated by: Joe Cepeda
Age Level: 3-6

As Rosa Maria prepares for the family celebration of her granddaughter’s birthday, she gets unexpected help from the mice who live in the house. Spanish words are integrated into the joyful text and reflected in the energetic, vibrant illustrations.

N Is for Navidad / La N es de Navidad

Illustrated by: Joe Cepeda
Age Level: 3-6

Join a joyous Latino celebration of Christmas from A to Z (angel to zapatos), enjoying the sights and symbols of the holiday. The book features a bilingual poem in English and Spanish. Additional explanations and Spanish holiday words conclude this energetic book with colorful and vibrant illustrations.

No More Spanish!

Illustrated by: Joe Cepeda
Age Level: 6-9
The irrepressible Gabi is tired of speaking two languages and feels like she's messing up both. But what can she do if she is only allowed to speak Spanish at home? Gabi comes up with a solution that will make readers chuckle and recognize some of their own thinking in Gabi's reasoning.

Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez

Illustrated by: Joe Cepeda

Many years ago in California, an energetic young Girl Scout named Dolores worked to raise money for soldiers fighting in World War II. A thoughtful young boy named Cesar worked in the fields to help his family put food on the table. As young adults, these two extraordinary individuals would meet and spend the rest of their lives working tirelessly on behalf of migrant workers and children through nonviolent struggle — side by side.

The Red Blanket

Illustrated by: Joe Cepeda
Age Level: 6-9

"After learning that she has qualified to adopt a baby, a woman purchases a variety of necessities, including a soft, red blanket that she has been eyeing for months. She takes it with her to the orphanage in China. Understandably, the infant, PanPan, is upset by all the changes in her young life when she is taken by taxi to a hotel, and the dazzling red blanket is the only comfort she finds on that first day. Over the years, the blanket has become threadbare and fragile while the relationship between mother and daughter has strengthened." — School Library Journal