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Bilingual children's books in Portuguese and English. 

About Us

Riso Books is committed to publishing children’s books that capture the depth and beauty of the Portuguese language, our culture and the Portuguese Diaspora experience.

Our Mission

To promote literacy and language learning in children by providing high-quality, culturally relevant books. Our team of experienced writers and illustrators work hard to create engaging stories that inspire children to explore new cultures and learn new languages. 


We are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of children and families around the world through the power of books.

Meet the Team


Angela Costa Simoes

Angela Costa Simoes is a third-generation Portuguese American who has remained active in the Portuguese community, both in California and nationally, for most of her life. She was inspired to create a series of bilingual children's books to help children (and even parents!) to start learning Portuguese from a very early age after being frustrated by not being able to fully understand childrens books that were only in Portuguese.



Helia Borges Sousa

Helia is a Bay Area resident and the illustrator behind all of the collections in Riso Books. She uses a unique watercolor technique to bring the stories to life.

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Angela Silveira Laines

Angela Laines is a Portuguese-American graphic designer and owner of her own business, Silveira Designs. She designs the cover and inner layouts of Riso Books.

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