Lucy and Lizmer Montalvo were both born and raised in Puerto Rico, and now they are sharing the traditions they grew up with through their book project Luli Bilingual Books.
Lizmer moved from Puerto Rico to Virginia after Hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017.
Lucy became a teacher in Virginia after earning her degree in early childhood education. While in the classroom, she noticed there were amazing books about many different cultures except Puerto Rico.
“There were many beautiful books about different cultures and I really wanted to have one about Puerto Rico,” said Lucy.
Lucy and Lizmer’s first book is “The ABC’s of Puerto Rican Food,” where each letter of the alphabet represents different Puerto Rican dishes. Lucy pointed out how this is one way they can highlight the traditions that they grew up with on the island.
All of the illustrations in the book are from stories growing up in Puerto Rico. The sisters “… had so much fun reliving all of all of the memories and all of the fun things about our tradition and all because food is a huge part of the Puerto Rican culture,” according to Lucy.
Through the illustrations of their memories and traditions in Puerto Rico, Lucy hopes this can be passed down for future generations.
“This book allows each person’s legacy to be passed down to their next generation and keeping their culture alive to teach your children to be proud of your language and culture,” she said.
The book is now available for purchase through Amazon. To learn more about Luli Bilingual Books, visit their website at lulibilingualbooks.com.