Rene Has Two Last Names / Rene tiene dos apellidos - Rene Colato Lainez, Fabiola Graullera Ramirez

Lainez, R. (2009). Rene has two last names. Houston, TX: Arte Publico Pr; Bilingual Edition.


René, a new student from El Salvador, doesn't understand why his second last name is missing from his desk's name label. Adding it results in a name so long that his classmates make fun of it by comparing it to that of a dinosaur. He creates a family tree and shows his classmates the importance of both of his last names. 


René Colato Laínez is a Salvadoran award winning author of many bilingual/ multicultural children's books. He has  a master's degree from  Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for  Children & Young  Adults, and is a bilingual teacher at Fernangeles Elementary.


  • Honorable Mention: Best Bilingual Children's Book- International Latino Book Awards
  • 2010 Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • 2010-2011 Tejas Star Book Award List


K-3rd grade

Realistic Fiction