Grandma’s Records by Eric Velasquez (Walker and Company, 2001).
Eric’s grandmother loves music and has her record player spinning all summer long with the sounds of salsa and merengue. She has lots of stories about growing up in Puerto Rico, too. But when her special record is on, Eric’s grandma puts her hand over her heart and remembers Eric’s grandpa and the time they spent together in Santurce, her hometown. Before the story is over Eric and his grandma have left the record player back at the apartment and headed out to a live show. And Eric grows up to share all kinds of music and memories with his grandmother.
This is an exceptional inter-generational story that weaves together culture and memory so naturally. Check out his website for more illustrations from the book and a very cute picture of the real Eric dancing with his grandma.
(Cover image source: Goodreads)