Today we’re pleased to reveal both the English and Spanish covers for Mi Ciudad Sings by Cynthia Harmony, illustrated by Teresa Martinez! The cover was also illustrated by Martinez and designed by Julia Rosenfeld. The book was edited by Anu Anuoluwapo, and will be released simultaneously in English and Spanish on June 14, 2022 by Penguin Workshop. It can be preordered here.
During her daily walks to her mother’s flower shop, a little girl and her dog move to the familiar sounds of their bustling neighborhood. They skip to the beat of revving car engines and spin to the hiss of the whistling camote cart. But one day, they hear an unexpected and terrifying sound. . . the rumble of an earthquake. While watching her neighbors come together, the little girl learns that people can be strong and brave even when they are scared and can still find joy and hope amid sadness.
Thank you WNDB for hosting the cover reveal for Mi Ciudad Sings. As a former picture book mentee, I’m very excited to share the first glimpse of my debut with you and share a bit about how it came to be.
This story is special to me because when I was very young in 1985, I experienced one of the biggest earthquakes that devastated Mexico City, my hometown. Coincidentally the same day, but 32 years later, another very strong quake affected the city. This time, I experienced the aftermath from afar through my family and friends. The outpouring of generosity that brought the community together was so moving, I knew it deserved recognition and celebration. Particularly, because I find the image of Mexico portrayed in the media becoming increasingly negative and stereotypical. I wanted to seize this opportunity to share the beauty and pride of my culture and to shine a light on a message that continues to be rare for children of marginalized communities:”You are seen, you are worthy, and you are inspiring.”
I’m so excited to share this book about a girl and her dog, in a city that sings and rises with hope.
Cynthia Harmony is an author and educational psychologist who has created exhibits for children and science museums. Originally from Mexico City, Cynthia was awarded the 2020 We Need Diverse Books Mentorship and has published for the educational market. Mi Ciudad Sings is her Picture Book Debut. Find her at cynthiaharmony.com.
Teresa Martinez was born in Mexico. She was a very shy girl at school, and drawing helped her connect with other children. When she grew up she studied Graphic Design and started illustrating picture books. Now she lives in Puerto Vallarta, drawing for kids as she did during her school days, and that makes her happy.