Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Qué Rico! Americas' Sproutings

By Pat Mora
Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Paperback: $10.95

CD: $12.95

Smear nutty butter,
then jelly. Gooey party,
my sandwich and me.

Peanuts, blueberries, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and more — here is a luscious collection of haiku celebrating foods native to the Americas. Brimming with imagination and fun, these poems capture the tasty essence of foods that have delighted, united, and enriched our lives for centuries. Exuberant illustrations bring to life the delicious spirit of the haiku, making Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Qué rico! an eye-popping, mouth-watering treat. Open it and dig in!

Activity: Make Your Own Ice Cream

Watch Pat Mora's interview with Reading Rockets

Read author Pat Mora’s letter to teachers about inspiring students with poetry in the Lee & Low Poetry Resource Guide for Teachers.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Pat Mora - Author

is the author of numerous award-winning children’s books. She is also the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Mora and her husband live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit her on the Web at

Photo: Cheron Bayna

Thumb_thumb Rafael Lopez

grew up in Mexico City, and his art is strongly influenced by the work of Mexican muralists. He has created many large murals for public spaces, including the Urban Art Trail Project in downtown San Diego. López's first book, My Name is Celia, won an Américas Award and a Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor. He lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and their son. To find out more about Rafael Lopez, visit

About This Title


Paperback: 9781600608926

Hardcover: 9781584302711

CD: 9781430114475


Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist
Texas Library Association (TLA)

Américas Book Award
Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs

Best of the Best Books
Chicago Public Library

Notable Children's Book
American Library Association (ALA)

Books for the Holidays
Boise Public Library

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades K - 6

Reading Level:

Grades 3 - 4


Nature/Science, Nonfiction, United States History, Poetry, Native American Interest, Multiethnic interest, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Food, Farming, Environment/Nature, Cultural Diversity, African/African American Interest, Exploring Ecosystems, Human Impact On Environment/Environmental Sustainability , Informational Text, Geography

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