Last Stop on Market Street Hits Bookstores this Week!

Happy 2015! 

I’m super excited to announce that my second picture book, Last Stop on Market Street, comes out January 8th.


The book is a “Winter 2014-2015 Kids’ Indie Next Pick” and has already received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Here’s what folks are saying:

“This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Like still waters, de la Peña and Robinson’s story runs deep. It finds beauty in unexpected places, explores the difference between what’s fleeting and what lasts, acknowledges inequality, and testifies to the love shared by an African-American boy and his grandmother.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The urban setting is truly reflective, showing people with different skin colors, body types, abilities, ages, and classes in a natural and authentic manner… A lovely title.”—School Library Journal

And here’s a great review from Book Page which closes by saying, “This ode to gratitude is 2015’s first must-read picture book.”

The illustrator of Last Stop is the supremely talented Christian Robinson. I can’t wait for folks to check out this story about a young boy, CJ, and his wise Nana, as they move through the city by bus. I’m super proud of this story, and I’d love for you all to check it out!

You can find the book at Indiebound, Barnes & Noble and Amazon, as well as most bookstores.