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Me Llamo Xiomara: A Tale of Hispanic Heritage and Identity

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Meet Xiomara, a spirited child whose name holds the echoes of generations past. Her unique name, "Me Llamo Xiomara," is not just a label; it's a key that unlocks the doors to a world rich in tradition, culture, and family. But it's also a name that challenges those around her, leading Xiomara to adopt a simpler nickname to fit in.

It's not until a special visit to her beloved Abuela Guadalupe, who shares the enchanting history and meaning behind "Xiomara," that everything changes. Armed with the knowledge of her heritage, Xiomara embraces her true name with pride.

"Me Llamo Xiomara" is a heartwarming tale of a young girl's journey to uncover the power of her identity and the beauty of her Hispanic culture. Join Xiomara as she learns the value of her name, the strength it carries, and the bonds it forges with her family and community.

This enchanting story invites readers of all ages to celebrate the diversity of names and the richness of heritage, reminding us that a name is more than just a word - it's a piece of our soul.

 ISBN: 978-1-0881-0573-3


    • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
    • JUVENILE FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural
    • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings

Lexile Range: 1010L-1200L (Grade 3-6)
Audience: Juvenile (Child 8-11)
Page count: 30

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Author's Biography

Shakeema Funchess is an inspiring author who is making a difference in the lives of young readers. She is a graduate of Saint Bonaventure University and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and pre-law. She minored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Born and raised in bustling cities in New York, Funchess developed a love for writing and storytelling at a young age. After completing her education, Funchess began her career as a writer, focusing on creating stories that would empower and inspire young readers. She drew upon her own experiences as an African American woman to create relatable characters that would help children understand the complexities of the world around them. She is deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in her writing, and her stories often feature characters from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Funchess is known for her dynamic and engaging artistic style, which is both educational and entertaining. Her stories often tackle difficult topics such as racism, discrimination, and prejudice, but always do so with a message of hope and resilience. She is also a dedicated advocate for literacy and education and has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of reading and writing skills among young people. She wants her books to captivate and inspire young readers, and she remains committed to creating stories that promote diversity, kindness, empathy, and understanding.

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