Family Poems for Everyday of the Week

Family Poems illustrated by Maya Gonzalez

Written by Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
published 2017 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
Bilingual – English/Spanish
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“…Gonzalez’s radiant illustrations bring a sense of cosmic oneness to the pages, connecting the boy to his family, community, and the ever-spinning planet.”- Publishers Weekly

the first day  /  el primer día

of the week is  /  de la semana fue

dedicated to the Sun—     /  dedicado al Sol—

with family around  /  con familia alrededor

it’s always sunny  /  siempre hace sol

on Sunday  /  el domingo

So begins this bilingual collection of poems that takes us through the week day by day. Children spend Sunday visiting their grandparents, play with school friends on Monday, daydream on Tuesday, eat popcorn at the local market on Wednesday, and more, until we arrive at Saturday, when they get to play nonstop all day. Along the way, we also learn how the names of the seven days came to be.

Partly based on the real life experiences of Alarcón’s own family, this festive, celebratory collection of poems highlights the daily life of children while also honoring the experiences of the poet’s Latino family in the United States. With her vibrant illustrations, illustrator Maya Christina Gonzalez has created a loving tribute to childhood, to family, and to Francisco Alarcón, who passed away in January 2016.


  • 101 Great Books for Kids – Evanston Public Library
  • Starred Review Publishers Weekly
  • Junior Library Guild Selection