Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! by Alexandra Alessandri and Addy Rivera Sound

Are you shy or have you ever felt shy when placed in a new environment?

The Picture Book of the Week is Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela!, written by Alexandra Alessandri and illustrated by Addy Rivera Sonda.

About the Book:

Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! is the story of Ava, a young girl who goes to Colombia with her parents for the first time. Being in a new and unfamiliar situation, surrounded by unfamiliar relatives, makes Ava as shy as mouse. She is eager to participate in family traditions such as eating buñuelos and tamales, and popping the Año Viejo, but she struggles to find her voice in the midst of a noisy, boisterous family.

Watch the following interview with the author, Alexandra Alessandri:

Writing Prompt for Kids:


Do unfamiliar people and places make you feel shy? Have you ever struggled to find your voice? Blow up a balloon, write what makes you feel shy on it with a marker, pop the balloon, and find your voice!


¿Las personas y los lugares desconocidos te hacen sentir tímida/o? ¿Alguna vez haz batallado para encontrar tu voz? Infla un globo, escribe lo que te hace sentir timida/o con marcador en el globo, revienta el globo, y encuentra tu voz!

I would love to read about your shy experiences. If you would like to share, send your experiences to contact@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy Writing!

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