KCLS Recommends: Children's - Hispanic Heritage
Annotation:Younger children will be outraged by the injustice of the Mendez family story but pleased by its successful resolution. Older children will understand the importance of the 1947 ruling that desegregated California schools, paving the way for Brown v. Board of Education seven years later. Ages 6-9
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Annotation:A vibrant bilingual picture-book biography that portrays the musical and cultural phenomenon of Tito Puente, Mambo King. Ages 4 - 8
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?'
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“Hispanic Heritage” includes all people of Spanish or of Spanish-speaking descent. It includes people from Spain but is more often used to denote North, South and Central American people of former Spanish colonial culture. For the purpose of this booklist, we will consider all books with the people and culture of Spanish-speaking descent including Spain, North, 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 North, 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.