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Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano

One of my favorite Christmas songs is Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad." He wrote it when he was 24 and homesick for Puerto Rico, like I always am this time of year. Now, my favorite song is a picture book for readers of all ages, and just in time for Christmas.

Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano

Feliz Navidad

Jose Feliciano's Feliz Navidad becomes a book.

Author: Jose Feliciano and David Diaz

One of my favorite Christmas songs is Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad.”  He wrote it when he was 24 and homesick for Puerto Rico, like I always am this time of year.  Now, my favorite song is a picture book for readers of all ages, and just in time for Christmas.

From the Latin Baby Book Club:  Singer/songwriter, José Feliciano’s popular Christmas song comes to life in this beautifully illustrated book. Caldecott Medal winner, David Diaz, creates a stunning story with a collage of images that center around the parrandas of Puerto Rico, where Feliciano was born. The beginning of the book includes an introduction that introduces the history of parrandas and describes this festive tradition.

Blind from birth, Feliciano has more than 65 albums out and has received six Grammy® Awards. He is also the first performer to win pop music awards in two language categories. Talk about inspirational! You can read his story here.

David Diaz’s distinctive style is instantly recognizable and has landed him high-profile clients such as American Express, Warner Bros., and even the Olympics. In the Latino children’s literature market, he may be best known for his books, DIEGO: BIGGER THAN LIFE, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand; THE POT THAT JUAN BUILT, written by Nancy Andrews-Goebel; and CESAR: SI, SE PUEDE!, also written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand.