Little Alma is curious to know the story of her long name — Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela, to be exact! Her father sits her down to tell her the long, rich history behind each and every part of that long name of hers. She learns about the smart, strong-minded women that she’s named after, and their their special qualities, as well as her artistic grandfather who taught his children “to see and love” their people. Our favorite member of Alma’s family is Candela, not only for her fiery name, but for how she “always stood up for what was right.”
It’s an absolutely beautiful book for kids who are curious about their own names. They’ll realize that their names were intentionally chosen just for them and that there is significance, love and history behind them. And, like Alma, they’re writing their own story day by day. This story spoke to our hearts and is definitely one of our favorites published this year.