Skip to Main Content

Elena's Serenade

Illustrated by Ana Juan



About The Book

Who ever heard of a girl glassblower?

In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called Elena wants to blow into a long pipe...and make bottles appear, like magic.

But girls can't be glassblowers. Or can they?

Join Elena on her fantastic journey to Monterrey -- home of the great glassblowers! -- in an enchanting story filled with magic realism.

About The Author

About The Illustrator

Ana Juan is the illustrator of Elena’s Serenade by Campbell Geeslin, which School Library Journal called “a fascinating adventure that explores issues of gender roles, self-confidence, and the workings of an artist’s heart” in a starred review. Her paintings have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, on book and album jackets, on film festival posters, and in several European magazines. She is also the illustrator of Frida by Jonah Winter and the author and illustrator of The Night Eater. She lives in Madrid, Spain.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 19, 2011)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442436879
  • Ages: 3 - 7

Browse Related Books

Awards and Honors

  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Kirkus Editor's Choice
  • ALA Amelia Bloomer Project
  • Parents' Choice Award
  • Capital Choices Noteworthy Books for Children's and Teens (DC)
  • Volunteer State Book Award Nominee (TN)
  • Parents' Choice Approved Award Winner
  • Blue Spruce YA Book Award Nominee (CO)
  • Americas Award Commended Title
  • Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Nominee
  • Read Aloud/Comstock Book Award

Resources and Downloads

High Resolution Images