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25 Books That Honor Latin American Heritage

Check out our top books picks for all ages that celebrate Latin American heritage.
 
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Allie, First at Last
by Angela Cervantes

Allie Velasco wants to be a trailblazer. A trendsetter. A winner.

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Arroz con leche
by Lulu Delacre Illustrated by Lulu Delacre

A wonderful collection of beloved Latin American songs, games, and rhymes, with text in both Spanish and English with the music included, complemented by beautiful watercolor illustrations of Latin American land-and-city-scapes.

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The Dreamer
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Much to his father's disappointment, Neftalí is not like other children.
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Mis comidas / My Foods
Series: Somos Latinos
by George Ancona

Alex, a Latin American boy, describes how he and his family enjoy their favorite meals and special foods from Venezuela.

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Los mariachis
by Rita Rosa Ruesga Illustrated by Euliser Polanco

The classic rhyme of the Ten Little Monkeys gets a fun spin with a roving Mariachi band!

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Picture Book: $6.99

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Golden Tales
by Lulu Delacre Illustrated by Lulu Delacre

These 12 tales are a collection of legends, myths and folktales from 4 native Latin American cultures, spanning 13 different countries. These stories included here are retellings derived from pre- and post-Spanish arrival, and take readers on a voyage from the Caribbean all the way to Bolivia.

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We'll Never Forget You, Roberto Clemente
by Trudie Engel

This biography tells the story of baseball great and humanitarian Roberto Clemente, who died tragically in a 1972 plane crash and later became the first Latin American player elected to the Hall of Fame.

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Aserrín, aserrán: las canciones de la abuela
by Alejandra Longo Illustrated by Clara Harrington Villaverde
This warm and wonderful compilation of traditional Latin American folk songs is the sequel to "En el cielo las estrellas: Los versos de la abuela". A celebration of classic songs, "Aserrin, Aserran" features: "Arroz con leche," "Tengo una muneca," the title song "Aserrin, Aserran," and more!
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Rin, Rin, Rin / Do, Re, Mi
by José-Luis Orozco Illustrated by David Diaz
Written in both Spanish and English, a young child asks his parents to "sing to me, say letters to me, rhyme with me, count with me, read with me."

Like Read to Your Bunny, Rin, Rin, Rin/Do, Re, Mi is a book that has two purposes, as a fun picture book and as advice for parents who want to give thei
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Return Fire
Series: Moving Target, Book #2
by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Cassie Arroyo has found the long-lost Spear of Destiny — only to have it stolen right out from under her!

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Ghosts
by Raina Telgemeier Illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea.

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The Memory of Light
by Francisco X. Stork

When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: She can't even commit suicide right. But for once, a mistake works out well for her, as she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force.

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Frida
by Jonah Winter Illustrated by Ana Juan
When Frida Kahlo's mother was worn out from caring for her five sisters, her father gave Frida lessons in brushwork and color. When polio kept her bedridden for nine months, drawing saved her from boredom. When a bus accident left her in agony, her paintings expressed her pain and depression — and her joys and loves.
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Abuela
by Arthur Dorros Illustrated by Elisa Kleven

Flying around Manhattan Island, somersaulting in midair, resting in the sky on a chair-shaped cloud... Rosalba and her grandmother, her abuela, are having an extraordinary adventure. How do they manage this exhilarating travel that started in the park? On Rosalba's marvelous imagination.

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Going Home
by Eve Bunting Illustrated by David Diaz
Although a Mexican family comes to the United States to work as farm laborers so
that their children will have opportunities, the parents still consider Mexico their
home.
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Moon Rope
by Lois Ehlert

Fox wants to go to the moon. Mole does not — at least not until he hears about the huge worms waiting up there for him to eat. So the two of them set off on their adventure, with a little help from a rope of grass and their friends the birds.

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Red Ridin' In The Hood
by Patricia Santos Marcantonio Illustrated by Renato Alarcao
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The Secret Footprints
by Julia Alvarez Illustrated by Fabian Negrin

The Dominican legend of the ciguapas, creatures who lived in underwater caves and whose feet were on backward so that humans couldn't follow their footprints, is reinvented by renowned author Julia Alvarez.

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Too Many Tamales
by Gary Soto Illustrated by Ed Martinez

While helping her parents make the tamales for Christmas dinner, Maria sees her mother set her precious diamond ring to the side. It's so beautiful! And Maria only means to try it on for a minute. Then, all of a sudden, the ring is gone. Does she spy it in the tamale dough?

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The Circuit
by Francisco Jiménez
After dark in a Mexican border town, a father holds open a hole in a wire fence as his wife and two small boys crawl through.

So begins life in the United States for many people every day.
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Parrot in the Oven
by Victor Martinez
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Becoming Maria
by Sonia Manzano
Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics, Sonia Manzano, "Maria" on Sesame Street, delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir.

Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream.
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Salsa Stories
by Lulu Delacre Illustrated by Lulu Delacre
Carmen Teresa's house rocks to the beat of Salsa music as grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors from all over Latin America arrive in their Silver Spring, Maryland home.
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La piñata/The Piñata
by Rita Rosa Ruesga Illustrated by Soledad Sebastián
Latin Grammy nominee Rita Rosa Ruega and Scholastic have collaborated to produce a new book of songs for all ages from the Hispanic tradition.
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Cantaba la rana / The Frog Was Singing
by Scholastic Illustrated by Soledad Sebastián

Scholastic and Latin Grammy nominee Rita Rosa Ruesga have joined together to bring Cantaba la rana / The Frog Was Singing, a parent”s dream collection of the best-loved nursery rhymes from Latin America, including Señora Santana, La pájara pinta, Cucú Cucú, and many others.

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