Behind the Book: ¡Vamos! Let's Go Read by Raúl the Third

Raúl the Third is a superstar. He’s a multi-Pura Belpré winner and honoree, a New York Times bestseller, and an Eisner Award nominee. His latest title, ¡Vamos! Let's Go Read, celebrates a love of books as Little Lobo and friends attend their library's book festival. Take a tour of his studio and learn more about the World of ¡Vamos! and how he creates these amazing books.

¡Vamos! Let's Go Read is part of our Shake Up Your Storytime campaign, featuring a diverse assortment of picture books perfect for planning inclusive storytimes. Check out more information here and download our free guide below.

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Praise for World of ¡Vamos! Books

Praise for: ¡Vamos! Let's Cross the Bridge
“Like the other books in the series, this outing excels in its inclusion of cultural references in its illustrations.... Totally fun and dynamic.”
  — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Vibrant spreads allow the party to spill out of the pages.... A perfect addition to the World of “¡Vamos!” and to picture book collections for children.”
  — School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for: ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat
“The busy pages filled with interesting characters and intriguing bilingual signage make readers wish they could jump into the pages and experience the bustling town.... After enjoying the story, readers will keep going back to savor all the minuscule details. A delectable bilingual experience.”
  — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The vital images, the dazzling colors and light (shout-out to colorist Elaine Bay), and the devotion to Mexican food and eating make this story utterly distinctive—and delicious."
  — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The characters in this diverting adventure are cartoony animals or imaginary creatures, and a straightforward narration is complemented by plenty of comic vignettes.... The busy illustrations are full of context clues and detailed elements.... Vibrant with activity and movement—from a very stretchy cheese to a stack of flying tortillas."
  — Horn Book (starred review)
"Be prepared to be lost in this book para siempre. Combining two iconic elements of Mexican culture, food trucks and lucha libre, this tale will make readers of all ages hungry for tacos, burritos, and elote (Mexican street corn)—and for more stories set in the inviting, busy town."
  — School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for: ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market
"Witty, stylish panel artwork crackles with funky comic energy.... Most pleasing is the market’s atmosphere of warmth and affection."
  — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The comics-style illustrations of anthropomorphic creatures, objects, and places are full of detail and very enjoyable to explore.... This simple morning walk turns into a scavenger hunt of Spanish words and Mexican cultural elements."
  — Horn Book (starred review)
“The grab bag of bilingual terms embedded in dialogue, signage, and stray scraps of text invite all readers to have a grand time latching onto what they know and figuring out what they don’t.”
  — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
"This picture book entertains and informs readers through fresh and engaging art, advancing Spanish vocabulary and cultural references. A winner."
  — School Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Raúl the Third is the New York Times bestselling, Pura Belpré Award–winning author-illustrator of ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market, ¡Vamos! Let's Go Eat, ¡Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge, and the rest of the World of ¡Vamos! series. He is also the illustrator of Schneider Family Award Honoree Stuntboy, in the Meantime, written by Jason Reynolds, and the Lowriders series, written by Cathy Camper. Raúl was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up going back and forth between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, México. He now lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his collaborator and fellow New York Times bestselling artist, Elaine Bay, and their son, Raúl the Fourth.