Alma and How She Got Her Name

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A 2019 Caldecott Honor Book

What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.


If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.

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Product # T061606
ISBN-13 9780763693558
ISBN-10 0763693553
Author Martinez-Neal, Juana
Grade Level K-3
Interest Level PK-3
Fiction/Nonfiction Fiction
Publisher Candlewick Press
Page Count 32
Multicultural Hispanic American