Alma and How She Got Her Name

Book cover for Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Juana Martinez-Neal


Juana Martinez-Neal

Book Summary

If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.

Latin American Culture, Family, Ancestors, Latinx

Age Range
Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3)
Book Category
Latin American Descent