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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Hispanic Heritage

Yes! We Are Latinos
Yes! We Are Latinos By Ada, Alma Flor (Book - 2013 ) J ADA Available in some locations

Annotation:A collection of stories about young Latino's immigrant experiences in the United States. Ages 10 - 14

Tito Puente, Mambo King
Tito Puente, Mambo King Tito Puente, Rey Del Mambo By Brown, Monica, 1969- (Book - 2013 ) EB PUENTE SPANISH ENGLISH Available in some locations

Annotation:A vibrant bilingual picture-book biography that portrays the musical and cultural phenomenon of Tito Puente, Mambo King. Ages 4 - 8

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote A Migrant's Tale By Tonatiuh, Duncan (Book - 2013 ) E TONATIUH Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 30 copies

Annotation:When Papa Rabbit does not return home as expected from many seasons of working in the great carrot and lettuce fields of El Norte, his son Pancho sets out on a dangerous trek to find him, guided by a coyote. Ages 6 - 9

Niño Wrestles the World
Niño Wrestles the World By Morales, Yuyi (Book - 2013 ) E MORALES Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 25 copies

Annotation:Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills. Ages 4 - 8

Maria Had A Little Llama
Maria Had A Little Llama María Tenía Una Llamita By Dominguez, Angela N. (Book - 2013 ) E DOMINGUEZ SPANISH ENGLISH Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 19 copies

Annotation:Set in the Peruvian Alps, in this bilingual version of the classic rhyme: Mary had a Little Lamb, Maria takes her llama to school one day. Ages 3- 5

Abuela By Dorros, Arthur (Book - 1995 Spanish ) E DORROS SPANISH Available in some locations

Annotation:While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City. Ages 3 - 7

Baseball in April and Other Stories
Baseball in April and Other Stories By Soto, Gary (Book - 1990 ) J SOTO SS Available in some locations

Annotation:This Hispanic author writes about things that happen to all kids- Little League, karate lessons, embarrassing relatives and boyfriend/girlfriend troubles. Ages 9-12

Bebé Goes Shopping
Bebé Goes Shopping By Elya, Susan Middleton, 1955- (Book - 2006 ) E ELYA Available in some locations

Annotation:In this rhyming story with some Spanish text, Bebé is very busy putting groceries into a cart when mama isn’t looking. Ages 5-8

Becoming Naomi León
Becoming Naomi León By Ryan, Pam Muñoz (Book - 2004 ) J RYAN Available in some locations

Annotation:When Naomi’s absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father. Ages 9-12

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred By Vamos, Samantha R. (Book - 2011 ) E VAMOS Available in some locations

Annotation:A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are woven throughout the text. Ages 4 - 7

Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day
Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day Celebremos El Día De Los Niños/el Día De Los Libros By Mora, Pat (Book - 2009 ) J MORA SPANISH ENGLISH Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 19 copies

Annotation:April 30th is El día de los niños, or Children's Day. In this bilingual story, learn facts about Mexico's annual celebration of children and the book fiestas that are often included. Ages 3 - 9

Chato's Kitchen
Chato's Kitchen By Soto, Gary (Book - 1995 ) E SOTO Available in some locations

Annotation:To get the "ratoncitos," little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more. Ages 4 - 8

Confetti Girl
Confetti Girl By López, Diana (Book - 2009 ) J LOPEZ Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 16 copies

Annotation:Sixth-grader Lina struggles as she deals with her best friend’s selfish behavior, as well as the loss of her mother.

Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera His World and Ours By Tonatiuh, Duncan (Book - 2011 ) E759.972 TON Available in some locations

Annotation:An introduction to the life, career, and influence of the Mexican painter Diego Rivera. Ages 5 - 9

The Dreamer
The Dreamer By Ryan, Pam Muñoz (Book - 2010 ) J RYAN Available in some locations

Annotation:A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world. Ages 9 - 12

Esperanza Rising
Esperanza Rising By Ryan, Pam Muñoz (Book - 2000 ) J RYAN Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 65 copies

Annotation:Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression. Ages 9-12

How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay
How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay By Alvarez, Julia (Book - 2001 ) J ALVAREZ Available in some locations

Annotation:Ten-year-old Miguel is at first embarrassed by his colorful aunt, Tía Lola from the Dominican Republic but when she arrives after his parents’ divorce, he learns to love her. Ages 9-12

Just A Minute
Just A Minute A Trickster Tale and Counting Book By Morales, Yuyi (Book - 2003 ) J398.20972 MOR Available in some locations

Annotation:Señor Calavera, the skeleton, arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life. After helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind. Ages 6 – 10

What Can You Do With A Paleta?
What Can You Do With A Paleta? By Tafolla, Carmen, 1951- (Book - 2009 ) E TAFOLLA Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 22 copies

Annotation:A young Mexican American girl celebrates the paleta, an icy fruit popsicle, and the many roles it plays in her lively barrio. Ages 3 - 7

Just in Case
Just in Case A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book By Morales, Yuyi (Book - 2008 ) J398.20972 MOR Available in some locations

Annotation:As Señor Calavera prepares for Grandma Beetle’s birthday, he finds an alphabetical assortment of unusual presents, but with the help of Zelmiro the Ghost, he finds the best gift of all. Ages 6-9

Lola's Fandango
Lola's Fandango By Witte, Anna (Book - 2011 ) E WITTE Available in some locations

Annotation:After learning how to dance a style of flamenco known as the fandango, Lola plans a surprise for her mother's birthday.

My colors, my world
My colors, my world Mis colores, mi mundo By Gonzalez, Maya Christina (Book - 2007 Spanish ) E GONZALEZ SPANISH ENGLISH Available in some locations

Annotation:Maya, who lives in the dusty desert, opens her eyes wide to find the colors in her world, from Papi's black hair and Mami's orange and purple flowers to Maya's red swing set and the fiery pink sunset. Ages 4 – 7.

My Little Car
My Little Car Mi Carrito By Soto, Gary (Book - 2006 ) E SOTO Available in some locations

Annotation:Teresa shows off her shiny, new pedal-powered low-rider car, a gift from her grandfather. Later she neglects the car but her abuelito helps her to make it shine like new. Ages 5-8

The Quiet Place
The Quiet Place By Stewart, Sarah, 1939- (Book - 2012 ) E STEWART Available in some locations

Annotation:The story of young immigrant Isabel, who misses her family and friends back in Mexico while decorating a large box as a place of quiet contemplation and encountering new experiences, including a first snowstorm and a kind teacher. Ages 4 – 10.

Return to Sender
Return to Sender By Alvarez, Julia (Book - 2009 ) J ALVAREZ Available in some locations

Annotation:Tyler’s father is injured and the family is forced to hire migrant Mexican farm workers to keep from losing their Vermont farm. Ages 9 - 12

Senor Cat's Romance and Other Favorite Stories From Latin America
Senor Cat's Romance and Other Favorite Stories From Latin America By González, Lucía M. (Book - 1997 ) J398.2098 GON Available in some locations

Annotation:A collection of popular folktales from Argentina, Cuba, Columbia, Nicaragua and Mexico featuring the clever Uncle Rabbit, the foolish Juan Bobo, and the trickster Tío Conejo. Ages 5-8

Shadow of A Bull
Shadow of A Bull By Wojciechowska, Maia, 1927- (Book - 1964 ) J WOJCIECHOWSKA Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 25 copies

Annotation:Eleven year-old Manola Olivar is expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a famous Spanish bullfighter, but he has his own dreams. Ages 9-12

The Storyteller's Candle
The Storyteller's Candle By González, Lucía M. (Book - 2008 ) E GONZALEZ SPANISH ENGLISH Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 19 copies

Annotation:The true story of New York City's first latina librarian: Pura Belpré. Ages 6 – 10

Tìa Isa Wants A Car
Tìa Isa Wants A Car By Medina, Meg (Book - 2011 ) E MEDINA Available in some locations

Annotation:Tía Isa wants a car: a shiny green car the same color as the ocean in the country of her girlhood. Ages 6 – 9

Waiting for the BiblioBurro
Waiting for the BiblioBurro By Brown, Monica, 1969- (Book - 2011 ) E BROWN Available in some locations

Annotation:One morning Ana wakes up to the sounds of hoof beats as the Biblioburro bringing books to this remote Columbian village! Ages 5 - 8

What Are You Doing?
What Are You Doing? By Amado, Elisa (Book - 2011 ) E AMADO Available in some locations

Annotation:Before he leaves on his first day of school, Chepito plays outside and encounters many different people in his neighborhood who are all reading, and each person has a different response when Chepito asks them 'Why?'


“Hispanic Heritage” includes all people of Spanish or of Spanish-speaking descent. It includes people from Spain but is more often used to denote South and Central American people and culture. For the purpose of this booklist, we will consider all books with the people and culture of Spanish-speaking descent including Spain, South and Central America. We will also consider books that describe the “Latino/a” experience in North America including the Hispanic immigrant experience and the experience of bi- and multi- racial people of Hispanic Heritage regardless of whether the characters of the book currently speak Spanish. Books that describe an indigenous experience including a Native South or Central American experience (such as Mayan) may be considered for the “Native American” Heritage Booklist instead. The list includes picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, folklore, biography, both fiction and non-fiction. Books will be selected by qualified librarians based on their quality, availability and kid appeal.

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