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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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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 her 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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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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Golden Tales: Myths, Legends, and Folktales from Latin America
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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Moon Rope: A Peruvian Folktale
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: And Other Cuentos
by Patricia Marcantonio Illustrated by Renato Alarcao
Famous tales refashioned in Latin American settings Eleven classic tales are retold with an injection of Latino culture, providing a twist on the traditional forms while sustaining a freshness all their own.
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Rin, Rin, Rin / Do, Re, Mi: A Picture Book in Spanish and English
Series: Lee y Seras
by Jose-Luis Orozco
In these delightrul lyrics by beloved songwriter Orozco, a child asks his family to sing, count, say letters, say words, and read to him-all activities that promote literacy. Beautiful illustrations by award-winning Diaz take the boy through his day in this fun picture book.
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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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Becoming Naomi Leon
by Pam Munoz Ryan

From the Pura Belpré and Jane Addams Peace Award winning author of Esperanza Rising comes a riveting novel about family and identity, drawn from Pam Muñoz Ryan’s own Mexican and Oklahoman heritages. Naomi Soledad León Outlaw has had a lot to contend with in her young life.

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Before We Were Free
by Julia Alvarez

Now available in Spanish, the book "Horn Book" called "a realistic and compelling account of a girl growing up too quickly while coming to terms with the cost of freedom."

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The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
by Francisco Jimenez
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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Esperanza Rising
by Pam Munoz Ryan

When Esperanza and Mama are forced to flee to the bountiful region of Aguascalientes, Mexico, to a Mexican farm labor camp in California, they must adjust to a life without fancy dresses and servants like they were accustomed to on Rancho de las Rosas.

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Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida
by Victor Martinez
"Perico, "or parrot, was what Dad called me sometimes. It was from a Mexican saying about a parrot that complains how hot it is in the shade, while all along he's sitting inside an oven and doesn't know it....
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