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Chabelita's Heart/El corazón de Chabelita

Queer bilingual children's picture book published by Reflection Press (2022). Written and illustrated by Isabel Millán.

“With the support of her loving Chicanx family, a girl named Chabelita discovers it’s okay to like other girls.” At the center of Chabelita’s Heart is the joy and awe of a childhood crush between Chabelita and Jimena. This picture book uniquely bridges sexuality and gender with other major themes such as equality, migration, race/ethnicity, and social justice/activism. 

Awards & Recognitions:

2023 International Latino Book Award, "Best LGBTQ+ Themed Book"

2023 Skipping Stones Honor Award

2023 Américas Award "Commended Titles"

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You can find Chabelita's Heart at Reflection Press! Thank you for supporting small LGBTQ+/POC independent publishers.

“Through beautiful, brightly painted illustrations, Millán captures la pura emoción of a first crush. The worlds of Chabelita and Jimena feature familia, creativity, sparkling stars, and chile rellenos made with love."

Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, author of The Streets Belong to Us and

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