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When We Love Someone We Sing to Them

Paperback, 32 pages
Story Text in English & Spanish

Written by Ernesto Martinez
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez

A reclamation of the Mexican Seranata 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 diety of flowers, dance and song, a traditionally gay protector of ancient Mexico.

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.

Watch the Video:

(Join Maya on a rainy day in San Francisco as she reads some excerpts from two of her upcoming bilingual (english/spanish) children’s books. Death in the Family, written and illustrated by Maya, and When We Love Someone We Sing to Them written by Ernesto Martinez, mentored & illustrated by Maya.)

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Date of Publication

Spring/Summer 2017

No. of Pages

32 pages


Paperback; Full Color


Bilingual English/Spanish