Nana's Big Surprise - Nana, ¡Qué Sorpresa!

Nana's Big Surprise illustrated by Maya Gonzalez

Written by Amada Irma Pérez
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
published 2007 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
Bilingual – English/Spanish
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“…fantastically engaging… a treasure hunt for found objects… a wonderful book about the love and support of a family. ” – ForeWord

Nana’s move from Mexico should be a joyous occasion. But this summer Nana is coming to California because Tata, beloved husband and abuelo, has died. Amada and her five brothers hope to cheer her up with a surprise—a coop full of fluffy yellow chicks, just like the ones Nana raised with Tata in Mexico. But no matter how hard everyone tries to make Nana feel better, it seems like nothing can bring a smile to her face. That is, until one day the chicks reveal a surprise of their own.

Award-winning author Amada Irma Pérez gently explores universal themes of family, love, loss, and memory in this third collaboration with artist Maya Christina Gonzalez, whose bold and beautiful collage paintings leap from the page. Nana’s Big Surprise offers comfort, feathers, and even laughter to readers of all ages.

Medium: Mixed Media-Acrylic & Photo Collage


  • Américas Award Commended Title
  • International Latino Book Awards, Best Children’s Picture Book, Bilingual, 2nd Place
  • Tejas Star Book Award Finalist

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