Mazal Bueno!

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Parents celebrate baby’s first grin to baby’s first word, and all the milestones in between in this book featuring Ladino words, the language of the Sephardic Jewish community. Mazal bueno! Go, baby go!

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Grade 1
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 12
Publication Date 2023-04-04
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV013040, JUV033020, JUV039090
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, Page Plus™, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Sarah Aroeste

Determined to help bring Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) culture to a new generation, Sarah Aroeste, a Ladino singer, author, and cultural activist, draws upon her Sephardic family roots to present original Ladino songs and prose. She is the author of the Ladino board book Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom. She lives in Massachusetts.

Illustrator: Taia Morley

Taia Morley is an author/illustrator whose work has appeared in a variety of children’s books, magazines, and toys. Taia carries a sketchbook wherever she goes because there is always something interesting to draw. You can visit her online at


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2024, Winner, 2024


Kirkus Reviews

“Joyful celebration in a new baby’s life.”―Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“So joyful and welcoming, there will be shouts of ‘Mazal bueno!’ in every preschool.”―starred, School Library Journal