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When We Love Someone We Sing to Them

Cuando Amamos Cantamos

Paperback, 40 pages
Story Text in English & Spanish

Written by Ernesto Martínez
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
Translated by Jorge Gabriel Martínez Feliciano

A reclamation of the Mexican serenata tradition, follow the story of a young boy who asks his father if there is a song for a boy who loves a boy.

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When We Love Someone We Sing to Them reframes a cultural tradition to include LGBTQ experience. In this book we learn about the Mexican tradition of singing to family and loved ones through one small boy who naturally assumes the tradition includes him and his experience.

Watch a tradition expand as limitations are lifted to include everyone, all the way to remembering Xochipilli, the Mesoamerican deity of creativity, dance and song.

A perfect book to bring tradition and inclusion into the conversation and support our LGBTQ young ones in knowing that they belong and always have, while providing pride in both our Mexican heritage and our LGBTQ culture and history as families.

Date of Publication

Fall 2018

No. of Pages

40 pages


Paperback; Full Color


Bilingual English/Spanish