Dream With Me
Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?
Author Diana López posed this question on a sunny May Saturday to a group of kids sitting on Mexican blankets to hear her read from her picture book biography, Sing With Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla. On López’s website, one of the activity sheets asks the same question. One boy with a giant smile listened with a stuffed animal snake wrapped across his shoulders. Who will he grow up to be?
Selena Quintanilla knew what she wanted to be when she grew up—a singer. And she became that—the Queen of Tejano music, the Queen of Cumbia. Billboard named her the number 3 Latinx artist of all time and the top Latina artist. She also became a fashion icon, known for stage outfits she designed and sewed herself. But she also became something she never expected: a dream personified. For every kid who has wanted to be a star.
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