I Know the River Loves Me - Yo sé que el río me ama

I Know the River Loves Me by Maya Gonzalez

By Maya Gonzalez
published 2009 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
Bilingual – English/Spanish
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“The author’s love and respect for the natural beauty and rhythm of the river. . . is vividly portrayed in both her words and paintings. . . Inspiring and peacefully thought-provoking.”- Kirkus Reviews

Listen. . . Can you hear the river calling you? Rushing and bubbling, splashing or still, the river has so much to teach us.

Whenever Maya visits the river, the river jumps up to greet her. It cools her down when the summer sun is too hot, and holds her up when she dives in. It keeps her company in the quiet of winter. The river takes care of Maya and Maya takes care of the river.

In this gentle story of love and respect for nature, Maya Christina Gonzalez combines her award-winning talents as an artist and storyteller. Young readers will be inspired by the joy and wonder of being outdoors, and learn powerful lessons about their environment and themselves.

Here’s a short little video about the book:

Medium: Charcoal & Ink


  • Américas Award Honorable Mention
  • International Latino Book Award, Best Children’s Picture Book, 2nd place
  • ForeWord Book of the Year Award, Finalist
  • ReadBoston Best Read Aloud Book Award, Finalist

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