Children’s book by Puerto Rican author to represent Florida at National Book Festival

The Florida chapter of the Library of Congress Center for the Book chose “Our Roof Is Blue,” by Sara E. Echenique, as the children’s selection for the Great Reads collection.

By Crystal Harlan

May 13, 2024

The children’s book follows the story of two siblings whose home in Puerto Rico was destroyed by Hurricane María and is now covered by a blue tarp.

Our Roof Is Blue,” by Puerto Rican author and Florida resident Sara E. Echenique, is one of the titles representing Florida at this year’s National Book Festival.

The children’s book follows the story of two siblings whose home in Puerto Rico was destroyed by Hurricane María and is now covered by a blue tarp. Echenique, who now resides in South Florida, is also co-author of “Roberto Clemente,” along with Claudia Romo Edeleman.

The Florida chapter of the Library of Congress Center for the Book chose “Our Roof Is Blue” as the children’s selection for the Great Reads collection. The adult selection is Rebecca Renner’s “Gator Country: Deception, Danger and Alligators in the Everglades.

Two other titles by Florida authors were selected to represent the state at the festival: Gary Mormino’s “Dreams in the New Century” and Christina Diaz Gonzalez’s “The Bluest Sky.”

The Puerto Rico chapter of the Center for the Book picked Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa’s “A Woman of Endurance”/“Indómita” for adults, and Sara Gavrell Ortiz’s “La coquí nómada y el mar de estrellas”/ “Lani: the Nomad Coquí and the Sea of Stars” for children.

The 2024 National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, on Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A selection of programs will be livestreamed online, and videos of all programs will be available shortly after the festival.

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  • Crystal Harlan

    Crystal is a bilingual editor and writer with over 20 years of experience in digital and print media. She is currently based in Florida, but has lived in small towns in the Midwest, Caracas, New York City, and Madrid, where she earned her MA in Spanish literature.

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