Susie Jaramillo

marlene lopez

Susie Jaramillo is an author illustrator and the creator of Canticos (Encantos); a baby brand inspired by Latino nursery rhymes featuring bilingual board books, games, videos and more. Her first book Los Pollitos has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. She has gone on to publish 5 more books in the Canticos Series. “As a Latina mom exposed to songs and traditions from both the US and my native Venezuela, I’ve had a hard time finding books and apps of the nursery rhymes I grew up with,” says Brooklyn-based author-artist Susie Jaramillo. “In talking to people in both Latino and non-Latino communities, I realized this was missing from bookshelves and digital platforms everywhere.” To bring to life all the things she loved about her Latino culture, she created Canticos so kids of all ages can enjoy these nursery rhymes and songs.  “In addition to promoting bilingual/multilingual learning,” she adds, “we hope the books, apps and videos also promote a sense of community and connect kids, especially Latino kids, to their culture.”