New Picture Book Details Early Life of Tejano Singer Selena Quintanilla

Sing With Me hits the shelves July 20.

By Shelby Stewart July 14, 2021

THE QUEEN OF TEJANO MUSIC Selena Quintanilla continues to receive her deserving accolades.  Recently, the late singer was given a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy’s, and she’s even been depicted in many television series and podcasts.

Now, the singer's young life is being retold throughout the children’s picture book, Sing With Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla. Written by Corpus Christi native Diana Lopez, the book is the embodiment of a deep dive into Selena’s life. Lopez did extensive research like driving through Selena’s neighborhood, visiting to the Selena Museum, and sifted through archived videos. 

According to a statement, “Young readers will be empowered by Selena's dedication—learning Spanish as a teenager, designing her own clothes, and traveling around the country with her family — sharing her pride in her Mexican-American roots and her love of music and fashion with the world.”

Screenshot from Diana Lopez's Sing With Me picture book. 

The upcoming book is filled with vivid illustrations created by Mexico native Teresa Martinez that documents Selena as a young child and her growth into the rising star we knew. Martinez also recreates Quintanilla’s legendary Rodeo Houston performance.

Screenshot from Sing With Me depicting the Quintanilla family's move from Lake Jackson to Corpus Christi. 

The story, coupled with the illustrations, captures themes of family, hard work, and being a positive role model, making it perfect for all readers.

Sing With Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla is scheduled to hit the shelves on July 20 and can be purchased via pre-order for $18 at Houston’s Blue Willow Bookshop, and online for $16.

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