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1.   ¡Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A.
Diana Cohen (Author), Francisco Delgado (Author)
This bilingual fictional story is set against the backdrop of the successful janitors' strike in Los Angeles in 2000. It tells about Carlitos, whose mother is a janitor. She and the other janitors have decided to go on strike. How will Carlitos support his mother? He and the other children in his class join the marchers with a very special sign for his mom: "Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!"
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
2.   A Birthday Basket for Tia
Cecily Lang (Illustrator), Pat Mora (Author)
A story of the love between a little girl and her great-aunt.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
3.   A Gift from Papá Diego/Un Regalo de Papá Diego
Benjamin Alire Saenz (Author), Geronimo Garcia (Illustrator)
For Diego's birthday he asks his mother for a Superman outfit so he can fly to Mexico and visit his grandfather.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
4.   A Guatemalan Family: Journey Between Two Worlds
Written by
Michael Malone
The life of the Mendez family, a family that fled their home in Guatemala.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
5.   A Movie in My Pillow/Una Pelicula En Mi Almohada
Jorge Argueta (Author), Elizabeth Gomez (Illustrator)
Poetry from El Salvador, in English and Spanish.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
6.   Abuela
Arthur Dorros (Author), Elisa Kleven (Illustrator)
A celebration of a relationship between grandmother and granddaughter.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
7.   Abuela's Weave
Omar S. Castaneda (Author), Enrique O. Sanchez (Illustrator)
A young girl and her grandmother weave clothing and tapestries to take to the market and sell during the fiesta.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
8.   Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems/Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otono
Francisco X. Alarcón (Author), Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)
A renowned Mexican-American poet revisits and celebrates his childhood memories of fall in the city.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
9.   Antonio's Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio
Rigoberto Gonzalez (Author), Cecilia Conception Alvarez (Illustrator)
Mother's Day is coming soon, and Antonio is excited to make cards for both his mother and her partner, Leslie. But he's not sure what to do when his classmates make fun of Leslie, an artist, who towers over everyone and wears paint-splattered overalls. As Mother's Day approaches, Antonio must choose whether - or how - to express his connection to both of the special women in his life.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
10.   Bajo la luna de limón/Under the Lemon Moon
Eida do La Vega (Author), Edith Hope Fine (Author), René King Moreno (Illustrator)
A girl learns about generosity and forgiveness when she discovers someone has stolen lemons from her tree.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
11.   Big Moon Tortilla
Joy Cowley (Author), Dyanne Strongbow (Illustrator)
After her homework is ruined and her glasses break, a young girl is comforted by her grandmother's song and one of her warm tortillas.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
12.   Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico
Verna Aardema (Author), Petra Mathers (Illustrator)
A folktale from western Mexico.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
13.   Calling of the Doves/El canto de las palomas
Juan Felipe Herrera (Author), Elly Simmons (Illustrator)
The author recalls his childhood in the mountains and valleys of California with his farmworker parents who inspired him with poetry and song.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
14.   Carlos and the Squash Plant/Carlos y la planta de calabaza
Jeanne Arnold (Illustrator), Jan Romero Stevens (Author)
Having ignored his mother's warnings about what will happen if he doesn't bather after working on his family's New Mexican farm, Carlos awakens one morning to find a squash plant growing out of his ear.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
15.   Carolyn's Story: A Book About an Adopted Girl
Written and Photographed by
Perry Schwartz
The story of nine-year old Carolyn, who was adopted from Honduras when she was a baby, told in her own words, illustrated with photographs.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
16.   Cesar Chavez
Ruth Franchere (Author), Earl Thollander (Illustrator)
The biography of the Mexican American who led the nationwide boycott of grapes as part of his movement to organize farm laborers in the United States.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
17.   Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez
Rudolfo A. Anaya (Adapter), Gaspar Enriquez (Illustrator)
Chicano novelist Rudolfo Anaya was greatly influenced by the heroic life of labor and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. This poem eulogizes Cesar and his work, expressing the grief of la gente and calling all peoples together to continue the nonviolent struggle for freedom and justice. Includes a chronology of Cesar's life.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
18.   Elena’s Serenade
Campbell Geeslin (Author), Ana Juan (Illustrator)
Elena, a young girl who lives in Mexico, dreams of being a glassblower like her father. When Papa rebuffs her dream by commenting, "Who ever heard of a girl glassblower?," Elena takes one of his old glassblowing pipes, disguises herself as a boy, and sets off to Monterrey, home of Mexico's "great glassblowers.” Along the way, she discovers that she can play sweet songs on the pipe, and when she finally reaches her destination, she creates beautiful ornaments, which are shaped by the tunes she plays on her pipe. Elena eventually creates a crystal swallow to carry her back home, where she disguises herself as an elderly man and shows her creations to Papa. When she finally reveals her identity, Papa realizes how special his daughter is.
[Grade Level: K-4]
19.   Ellen Ochoa: First Latina Astronaut
Lila Guzman (Author), Rick Guzman (Author)
Part of the Famous Latinos series, this easy-to-read biography describes the life of the first Hispanic woman in space. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Ochoa excelled in school and went on to be an electrical engineer, inventor and pilot, but dreamed of being an astronaut. Ochoa pursued her goal, even after being turned down twice by NASA, and was accepted into the space program in 1990. Using simple text, numerous photographs, a timeline and glossary, the authors describe Ochoa’s training and experiences as an astronaut. The book is also available in a Spanish language edition, Ellen Ochoa: La Primera Astronauta Latina.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
20.   Farmworker's Friend: The Story of Cesar Chavez
Written by
David R. Collins
The life and accomplishments of the labor activist who helped organize migrant farm workers.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
21.   Felita
Ray Cruz (Illustrator), Nicholosa Mohr (Author)
A family experiences prejudice when they move to a new neighborhood.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
22.   Fiesta Fireworks
Written by
George Ancona
A young girl's grandfather makes fireworks for one of the biggest fiestas in Mexico.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
23.   First Day in Grapes
L. King Perez (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
First Day in Grapes tells the story of Chico, a young boy and his family, migrant workers who move up and down the state of California. Every September they pick grapes and Chico starts a new school. Often Chico gets picked on because he’s always “the new kid” and because he speaks Spanish sometimes. The story focuses on Chico’s first day of third grade at a new school- things are a little different this time. Chico learns to be proud of his abilities in math and to stand up for himself when some other students bully him and make fun of his heritage. Also in Spanish, as "Primer Dia en Las Uvas."
[Grade Level: K - 3]
24.   From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de veramo
Francisco X. Alarcón (Author), Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)
A collection of twenty-two bilingual poems inspired by the author's recollections of childhood summers in Mexico.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
25.   Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English
Alma Flor Ada (Author), Simon Silva (Illustrator)
The letters of the alphabet are presented through English and Spanish poetry.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
26.   Get Set! Swim!
Jeannine Atkins (Author), Hector Viveros Lee (Illustrator)
As the bus passes by the extravagant homes in the rival school's neighborhood, Jessenia doubts her abilities, wondering how she and her team can compete against the girls who live in these houses. When this young Puerto Rican-American girl competes in her first swim, her confidence increases with her first victory as her parents proudly watch.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
27.   Going Home
Written by
Nicholosa Mohr
A summer spent with relatives in Puerto Rico leaves Felita longing for the familiarity of her family and life in New York City.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
28.   Grannie Jus' Come!
Karen Lusebrink (Illustrator), Ana Sisnett (Author)
Set in a small town in Panama, a young girl tells her grandmother all the things she loves about her.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
29.   How My Family Lives in America
Susan Kuklin. (Illustrator), Susan Kuklin (Author)
Through the eyes of four immigrant children, readers see how different families preserve their cultures while part of an American community.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
30.   It Doesn't Have To Be This Way: A Barrio Story
Daniel Galvez (Illustrator), Luis J. Rodriguez (Author)
A young boy reluctantly becomes more and more involved in the activities of a local gang.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
31.   Just Like Home/Como en Mi Tierra
Elizabeth I. Miller (Author), Mira Reisberg (Illustrator), Teresa Mlawer (Adapter)
A young girl shares her experiences of a new life in the United States by comparing those things that are similar to her old home and those that are different.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
32.   Kids Explore America's Hispanic Heritage
Written by
Westridge Young Writer’s Workshop
Writings by students in grades 3-7 on topics of Hispanic culture, including dance, cooking, games, history, art, songs and role models.
33.   La Mariposa
Francisco Jimenez (Author), Simon Silva (Illustrator)
Francisco, an immigrant from Mexico and the son of migrant workers, has difficulty adjusting to first grade in a new school because he doesn't speak English and, to make matters worse, the class bully seems to have it in for him. Francisco becomes fascinated with a jar containing a caterpillar and fantasizes about flying out of the classroom like a butterfly and back to his Papa in the fields. Francisco’s interest in butterflies also inspires a drawing that earns Francisco a prize and the respect of his classmates. The author, who was himself held back in school because he did not speak English well enough, weaves Spanish, without translation, through the text. The author and illustrator are both immigrants who worked in the fields of California.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
34.   Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers
Pat Mora (Editor), Paul S. Barragan (Illustrator)
In this beautifully illustrated book, 13 Latino poets write with joy, humor, and love about the powerful and undeniable bond between mothers, grandmothers, and children. These talented poets write passionately and vividly about the tremendous influence their mothers and grandmothers had on them.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
35.   Molly's Pilgrim/Molly Y Los Peregrinos
Barbara Cohen (Author), Michael J. Deraney (Illustrator)
A story about a young girl who is not accepted by her classmates.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
36.   My First Book of Proverbs/ Mi primer libro de dichos
Ralfka Gonzalez (Author), Ana Ruiz (Illustrator)
Humorous contemporary illustrations of traditional Mexican-American proverbs.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
37.   My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito
Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator), Amada Irma Pérez (Author)
With the help of her family, a young girl realizes her dream of having a space of her own to read and to think.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
38.   Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead
Written by
George Ancona
A photo-essay of a family's celebration of the Fiesta of the Day of the Dead.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
39.   Prietita and the Ghost Woman/ Prietita Y La Llorona
Gloria Anzaldua (Author), Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)
A young girl becomes lost in her search for an herb to cure her mother and is aided by the legendary ghost woman.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
40.   Primer Dia en Las Uvas
L. King Perez (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
Primer Dia en Las Uvas (First Day in Grapes) tells the story of Chico, a young boy and his family, migrant workers who move up and down the state of California. Every September they pick grapes and Chico starts a new school. Often Chico gets picked on because he’s always “the new kid” and because he speaks Spanish sometimes. The story focuses on Chico’s first day of third grade at a new school- things are a little different this time. Chico learns to be proud of his abilities in math and to stand up for himself when some other students bully him and make fun of his heritage. Originally written in English.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
41.   Sam Y El Dinero De La Suerto (translation of Sam and the Lucky Money)
Karen Chinn (Author), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator), Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator)
A Spanish translation of the story of a young boy who must decide how to spend the lucky money he received for Chinese New Year.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
42.   Seven Magic Brothers
Kuang-ts’ai Hao (Reteller), Eva Wang (Illustrator)
The legend of seven magic brother who outsmart an emperor.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
43.   Song of the Chirimia: La Musica de la Chirimia: Folklore Guatemalteco
Lori Ann Schatschneider (Illustrator), Jane Anne Volkner (Author)
A folktale from Guatemala about a man who wins the love of a princess through music.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
44.   Spanish-American Folktales
Written by
Teresa Pijoan de Van Etten
Twenty-eight stories that give insight into the experiences of Spanish Americans.
45.   Speak English for Us, Marisol!
Karen English (Author), Enrique O. Sánchez (Illustrator)
A young girl is sometimes overwhelmed when her Spanish-speaking friends and family need her to translate for them.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
46.   Story of Latino Civil Rights: Fighting for Justice
Jose E. Limon (Author), Miranda Hunter (Author)
Today, there are millions of Hispanics in the country, spread across every state of the nation. They are the fastest growing minority in the United States-but the fact that they are spread out tends to weaken their influence in any single region. Hispanics must unite to make their case known. This book explains both the history and the current reality of the Latino civil rights movement.
[Grade Level: 4 & Up]
47.   The Barking Mouse
Alfredo Aguirre (Illustrator), Antonio Sacre (Author)
A Spanish-speaking mouse family enjoys a picnic until a cat threatens them; the mother mouse's knowledge of another language saves the day. The story is interspersed with Spanish words.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
48.   The Birthday Swap
Written and Illustrated by
Loretta Lopez
A young girl looks for the perfect birthday gift for her sister and ends up with a big surprise of her own.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
49.   The Emperor and the Nightingale
Shih-ming Chang (Illustrator), Kuang-ts’ai Hao (Reteller)
The story of an emperor who learns that some things are worth more than immortality.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
50.   The Giant and the Spring
Kuang-ts’ai Hao (Reteller), Eva Wang (Illustrator)
A kind giant brings Spring in from the cold but soon realizes he must share him with the rest of the world.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
51.   The Perfect Piñata/La Piñata Perfecta
Kelli Kyle Dominguez (Author), Teresa Mlawer (Author), Diane Paterson (Illustrator)
Marisa picks out a butterfly piñata for her birthday party, but at the party she decides it is too beautiful to break apart.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
52.   The Treasure on Gold Street/El Tesoro en la Calle Oro
Lee Merrill Byrd (Author), Antonio Castro (Illustrator)
Denise describes her neighbors on Gold Street, especially Isabel, who is an adult but still plays with the young children and holds her mother's hand to cross the street.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
53.   The Tree That Rains: The Flood Myth of the Huichol Indians of Mexico
Durga Bernhard (Illustrator), Emery Bernhard (Reteller)
The flood myth of the Huichol Indians of Mexico.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
54.   The Upside Down Boy/El niñode cabeza
Elizabeth Gómez (Illustrator), Juan Felipe Herrera (Author)
A young boy recalls the year when his parents settled down in the city so he could go to school for the first time.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
55.   The Witch's Face
Eric A. Kimmel (Adapter), Fabricio Vanden Broeck (Illustrator)
A Mexican folktale about a man who falls in love with a witch but fails to heed her special instructions and loses her forever.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
56.   The Woman Who Outshone the Sun: The Legend of Lucia Zenteno
Alejandro Cruz Martinez (Author), Fernando Olivera (Illustrator)
A Zapotec legend from Mexico about jealousy.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
57.   Too Many Tamales
Ed Martinez (Illustrator), Gary Soto (Author)
A glimpse into a Mexican-American family celebration.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
58.   Traditional Crafts from Mexico and Central America
Randall Gooch (Illustrator), Florence Temko (Author)
Instructions on how to make traditional Mexican and Central American handicraft, such as metal ornaments, tissue paper banners and Guatemalan worry dolls.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
59.   Triumphs and Struggles for Latino Civil Rights
Written by
Bárbara C. Cruz
Over 42 million Latinos live in the United States, making up America's largest ethnic minority group. As their population grows, Latino people and organizations continue to fight for improved education, equal employment opportunities, and fair immigration laws. Author Barbara C. Cruz describes the long journey of Latinos in the United States, from the founding of the oldest city on the American mainland at St. Augustine, Florida, to the continued struggle for civil rights today.
[Grade Level: 4 & Up]
60.   When This World Was New
D H. Figuerdo (Author), Enrique O. Sánchez (Illustrator)
A young boy is afraid because he recently moved to New York from a warm island. He overcomes his fear while walking in the snow with his father.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
61.   Where Fireflies Dance/Ahi, donde bailan las luciernagas
Lucha Corpi (Author), Mira Reisberg (Illustrator)
Based on the memories of the author's childhood in Mexico, this book is a look at home and family love.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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