Alma and How She Got her Name, by Juana Martinez-Neal


Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela had a long name--too long, if you asked her.

When Alma complains that her name doesn't fit, her Daddy tells her the story of her name. I love how Alma learns about her family and realizes by the end that each part of her name connects her with her ancestors. The illustrations are beautifully rendered with pink for the present and blue for the past. This is a great book for reading with kids and talking about family history, the story of their names and how no matter what they are called, only they can tell their story. 

Beautiful!