KidLit TV is honored to reveal the book cover for


written by Cynthia Weill

Sculptures by Martín Melchor, Agustín Tinoco Cruz, Avelino Pérez & Maximino Santiago

VÁMONOS will be published by Lee & Low on September 27, 2022!
The beautiful woodcarvings were hand made by

Maximino Santiago, Avelino Pérez, Martín Melchor, and Agustín Tinoco Cruz.


Young readers will enjoy this fun and vibrant bilingual introduction to different forms of transportation. This installment in author Cynthia Weill’s acclaimed Mexican Folk Art series is a colorful adventure in English and Spanish, illustrated with handmade painted sculptures.

You’re invited on a trip to a special place and there are many ways to get there. You could take a bike, a bus, or even a boat! Featuring beautiful artwork handmade by local artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico, Vámonos will spark a lifelong love of languages and libraries in young readers. Grab your favorite person to read with and let’s go!


My books use folk arts from around the world to illustrate basic concepts for children. The current series employs handicrafts commissioned from artisans in Oaxaca and Puebla, Mexico to teach children the alphabet, opposites, colors, numbers, jobs and animal sounds in Spanish and English.

It takes two to four years to create all of the artwork. Each piece is hand made by artisanal families living in rural areas of the country. Because I end up spending so much time with the families, I’m invited to my fair share of weddings, baptisms, quinceañeras and other events. We get to know each other really well! The pieces are so unique that they are part of the permanent MesoAmerican collection at the Field Museum of Chicago.

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