Written and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez
Listen. . . Can you hear the river calling you? Rushing and bubbling, splashing or still, the river has so much to teach us.
Whenever Maya visits the river, the river jumps up to greet her. It cools her down when the summer sun is too hot, and holds her up when she dives in. It keeps her company in the quiet of winter. The river takes care of Maya and Maya takes care of the river.
In this gentle story of love and respect for nature, Maya Christina Gonzalez combines her award-winning talents as an artist and storyteller. Young readers will be inspired by the joy and wonder of being outdoors, and learn powerful lessons about their environment and themselves.
Create a lesson plan using I Know the River Loves Me in first and second grade
Americas Award Honorable Mention
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
International Latino Award, Best Children's Picture Book
Latino Literacy Now
Book of the Year Award, Finalist
Best Read Aloud Book Award, Finalist
- Interest Level
- Grades K - 6
- Reading Level
- Grade 2
- Bilingual, Environment/Nature, Imagination, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Sharing & Giving
Maya Christina Gonzalez is a widely exhibited artist renowned for her vivid imagery of strong women and girls. She has illustrated nearly twenty children’s books, and her artwork has appeared on the cover of Contemporary Chicano/a Art. My Colors, My World was the first book Maya both wrote and illustrated. Books that Maya illustrated include Laughing Tomatoes, From the Bellybutton of the Moon, and Angels Ride Bikes. She lives and plays in San Francisco, California.