Known as the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz earned twenty-three gold albums during her lifetime. On what would have been her 88th birthday, Google honored the Havana-born salsa songstress with a doodle of her own. In keeping with New York Public Library's suggestion for kids to learn more about this amazing woman by reading, the Children's Fiction Examiner suggests the following books about "La Guarachera de Cuba."
"Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa" by Veronica Chambers and Julie Maren (Puffin, 2007) For children ages 5 and up, this book tells the story of Celia's childhood and her dreams of singing.
"My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia" by Monica Brown and Rafael Lopez (Cooper Square Publishing Llc, 2004) This bilingual book is geared towards children ages 4 and older.
"Oye, Celia!" by Katie Sciurba and Edel Rodriguez (Henry Holt and Co., 2007) Written for preschoolers, this colorful picture book is the story of a little girl's admiration for Celia Cruz.
"Azucar" by Ivar Da Coll (Lectorum Publications, 2005) Children in grades 2 and up who read this book will learn about Celia and how much she loved Caribbean music.
To get an even better understanding of Celia Cruz and her music, check out this video of the Queen of Salsa performing "Guantanamera."