The Day of the Dead


Close your eyes and listen to the spicy opening to The Day of the Dead/El Dia de Los Muertos:



By Bob Barner

Translated by Therese Mlawer

Book Published by Holiday House, Inc. ISBN-13: 9780823423811

Audiobook Published by Weston Woods Studios Narrated by Rita Moreno

Age Range: 4 – 7 Years

Follow two children as they celebrate their ancestors on this vibrant holiday. They offer marigolds, sugar skulls, and special bread, and make delicious foods. By spreading marigold petals, they guide the dead home to join the festivities. Finally, after singing and dancing, it’s time for bed. Bob Barner’s luscious collages incorporate the traditional symbols of Day of the Dead. His poetic text is both English and Spanish. An author’s note provides additional information on the holiday.

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Bob Barner (author/illustrator) is the creator of many popular children’s books including Dem Bones, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! and Fish Wish.  He graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design and worked as an art director and illustrator before starting his career in publishing.  One of his first jobs after moving to Boston to begin his career was working as an artist for famous cartoonist Al Capp on the popular Li’l Abner comic strip.  After several other art director positions he quit his day job to begin his career as a full time illustrator for advertising and publishing.  Working for clients like the New England Aquarium, The Boston Globe, Pan Am, Houghton Mifflin, Little Brown, Boston Museum of Science, Scholastic, Cricket Magazine, and Chronicle Books he has developed his collage art style and a broad range of creative expertise.  He lives with his wife Catherine in San Francisco.


Teresa Mlawer (translator) is one of the most recognized and respected women in the Hispanic publishing industry. A frequent presenter at global industry conferences and events, Teresa was recently chosen one of the “Top 50 People in Spanish-Language Publishing” by an international network of publishing professionals. Teresa was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States in 1962.  In 1976 she was named President of Lectorum Publications, the oldest and largest distributor of Spanish language books in the United States (later acquired by Scholastic).