Fall 2023

¡1, 2, 3 Cumbia!

English-Spanish Manners Book

From the Series ¡1, 2, 3 Baila!

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

“May I please dance with you? Yes, thank you for asking.”

This bilingual English-Spanish book teaches common manners through a dance class setting. The dancers also practice consent, learning how to say no and set boundaries with others. ¡Vamonos! Learn to use manners with cumbia in English and Spanish.

Children, caretakers, and educators will love the rhythmic text paired with bright and colorful illustrations showcasing characters of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

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Interest Level Preschool - Kindergarten
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Social Studies
Category Spanish-Language
Copyright 2023
Publisher Soaring Kite Books
Imprint Soaring Kite Books
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2023-09-05
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039200, JUV031020, JUV011030
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 7 x 7
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author: Delia Ruiz

Delia Ruiz is an educator from San Antonio, Texas. Delia loves expressing herself through writing and hopes to inspire the next generation of writers who also come from immigrant households.

Illustrator: Graziela Andrade

Graziela Andrade is an illustrator based in Aracaju, Brazil. Graziela uses vibrant colors and soft tracing in her artwork. When she isn't creating, she loves traveling in her free time.


  • Bank Street College Best Spanish Books of 2024, Winner, 2024


School Library Journal

“The bilingual text is simple without losing its rhythm, and sweet and colorful illustrations will grab young readers’ attention. . . . These volumes have so many uses, but even more fun, they’re perfect for a dance party!”—School Library Journal