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Inspiring Conversations with Michelle Rolinski of Catavento Books

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Rolinski.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I am a Brazilian immigrant living in the US for the past 12 years. I was a lawyer in Brazil and in the US, I have a MBA in International Business. I am mom of two girls, Chloe (6) and Sophie (3), because of them I founded Catavento Books. I want my kids to learn Portuguese as a heritage language and also learn about Brazilian culture, and in my opinion reading is a great tool to keep kids interested in learning. In my search for books, I found there was a lack of Brazilian Children’s books in the US market. From this experience, I had the idea to bring books to the US and make it available to our community through Catavento Books.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The biggest challenge is the import process to bring the books from Brazil, but so far we have been having a great experience, even though the process is time-consuming.

As you know, we’re big fans of Catavento Books. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Catavento Books is an online bookstore which specializes in Children’s Literature in Portuguese. It was founded to fill the needs of the Brazilian and Multicultural families, schools, and organizations that are teaching Portuguese in finding quality books in their heritage language. We offer curated books selected to keep kids interested in learning the heritage language and the Brazilian culture.

We offer new titles monthly from the best publishers in Brazil and release new books at the same time they are released in brazil. We also offer a Brazilian Children’s Book Club subscription.


  • $18 to $25

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