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Carlos, The Fairy Boy

Carlos, The Fairy Boy


Carlos, El Niño Hada

by Juan A. Ríos Vega
Debut Author & Illustrator!!

Available in Hardcover/$19.95 and Paperback/$13.95
Bilingual: English & Spanish
8.5″x11″ – 40 pages

Intended Audience: Ages 4-11/Grades K-5

A Carnival tradition in Panama expands when a supportive abuela encourages her grandson to follow his fairy boy dreams!

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Carlos is thrilled to travel to Panama’s countryside with his parents. He is most excited about the Carnival stories his parents tell him. But when Carlos wants to join his cousins as fairies on the queen’s float he finds out that boys are not allowed. Thankfully, he has a brilliant abuela with a bright idea!artwork from Carlos, The Fairy Boy/Carlos, El Niño Hada by/por Juan A. Ríos Vega

A tale of family support, Carlos, the Fairy Boy expands a Carnival tradition to include a young boy while bringing light to the talented men who make the queen’s gowns gorgeous.

Juan A. Ríos Vega

About the Author & Illustrator

Juan A. Ríos Vega is a queer Latino educator and researcher from Panama who loves to write, read, and make things, especially puppets. This is his first children’s book and he’s already dreaming up his next one! He currently teaches in the Department of Education, Counseling, and Leadership at Bradley University and is an active member in the Association for Jotería Arts, Activism, and Scholarship (AJAAS).

Praise for Carlos, The Fairy Boy

“a feast for the eyes and a balm for our hearts! “

Ernesto Martínez, award-winning author of When We Love Someone We Sing to Them/Cuando Amamos Cantamos

“Stories like these heal on so many levels. It calls in our ancestors and allies who have been erased. It calls in the real people making our world beautiful, often behind the scenes. And it makes space for the Carlos in each of us wanting to fly freely in life. Viva ALL the fairies!”

Maya Gonzalez, Pura Belpré Honor award winning illustrator & children’s book author

Weight 14.5 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × .25 in
Date of Publication

November 1st, 2020

No. of Pages

40 pages


Hardcover, Paperback

Intended Audience

Children Ages 4-11/Grades K-5


JUV030040 – JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America
JUV017080 – JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious


Bilingual English/Spanish

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