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The first Mexican-American rockstar, Ritchie began his journey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when he was only five.
Ritchie was only five years old when his father handed him a guitar. He practiced, he played, and his talent grew. He taught himself the trumpet and the drums. By the time he was in junior high school, he’d bring his guitar to school to play for friends on the bleachers. By sixteen, he became the singer and guitarist for a band called The Silhouettes.
Though Ritchie didn’t record many albums, the songs he wrote are still loved by many—songs like "Donna" and "La Bamba." Beyond the music, his life proved something important: That no matter where you’re from or how old you are, anyone can achieve their dreams.
A Lil' Libros Bilingual Biography, The Life of Ritchie celebrates the story of Ritchie Valens, the original Mexican-American rock star. Told in both English and Spanish, the story touches on diversity, aspirations, and the legacy we leave behind. The Life of Ritchie is written by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, illustrated by Citlali Reyes, and published by Lil’ Libros.