[kids-lib] Picture books for Hispanic Heritage Month

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Thu Aug 28 16:04:54 PDT 2014

When I moved to Oregon from El Paso, Texas, I made sure my elementary school library had these two Spanish/English bilingual books for me to read aloud. They are a bit wordier than a typical storytime book so might be better for family hour-type events.

Carlos and the Squash Plant / Carlos y La Planta de Calabaza by Jan Romero Stevens

Short summary from Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Carlos-Squash-calabaza-Multilingual-Edition/dp/0873586255:

Set in northern New Mexico, young Carlos refuses to take a bath after his farm work each day, until a plant sprouts in his ear.


A Spoon for Every Bite / Cada Bocado con Nueva Cuchara by Joe Hayes

            Short summary from Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Spoon-Bocado-Cuchara-English-Spanish/dp/0938317938:

                        In this lovely New Mexico folktale, a rich man tries to prove his wealth to his poor neighbors by using a new spoon for every bite. In the process, he’s served a pretty
dish of come-uppance.



Jennifer Maurer
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Oregon State Library
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Salem, OR 97301
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From: Kids-lib [mailto:kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Katie Anderson
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Subject: [kids-lib] Picture books for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hi! I just received the following email with a few good picture book recommendations for Hispanic Heritage Month from ALA’s Association for Library Services to Children blog<http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2014/08/happy-hispanic-heritage-month/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AlscBlog+%28ALSC+Blog%29>.

When I did storytimes for little ones, my favorite Spanish/English bilingual books were ¡Fiesta! and Siesta by Ginger Foglesong Guy and René King Moreno. What are your favorite storytime books that are appropriate for Hispanic Heritage Month?

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Katie Anderson, Library Support and Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
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Posted: 27 Aug 2014 09:01 PM PDT

Ahhh, the fall. A sweet, sweet time for those in charge of booklists, displays, and story times. Back to school and fall books are perennial favorite subjects until it’s time to rediscover the fall and early winter holiday collection. However, if you’re not quite ready to break out your fall books collection, Hispanic Heritage Month is an ideal time to highlight or expand your collection of books that celebrate the diversity of Hispanic cultures. What started as a week-long celebration in 1968 is now a month long observance (September 15-October 15) of Hispanic history, arts, and culture.


(image taken from author website<http://www.monicabrown.net/books/marisol.html>)

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match captures the reality of many biracial children in an upbeat and endearing spitfire of a character. Marisol doesn’t see anything weird with mismatches: green polka dots and purple stripes, peanut butter and jelly burritos, or brown skin and red hair are pretty cool in her eyes. When Marisol tries to match, she finds that things are confusing and boring. Thanks to an intuitive teacher, she regains confidence in her unique viewpoint and look. This bilingual story is charmingly illustrated and told through a very realistic child narrator.


(image taken from HarperCollins website<http://www.harpercollins.com/9780060581565/papa-and-me>)

Arthur Dorros and Rudy Gutierrez’s Papa and Me is a loving, gentle, and authentic look at a father-son relationship. Papa is encouraging, wise, and just plain fun to be with. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the story. (See also Mama and Me by the same author.)

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(image taken from Random House website<http://www.randomhouse.com/book/198738/the-tooth-fairy-meets-el-raton-perez-by-rene-colato-lainez>)

As a huge fan of cross-cultural children’s books, The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez is one of my favorite Latino-oriented picture books.  When Miguelito puts his tooth under his pillow and falls asleep, two magical creatures appear in his room to lay claim to his tooth. The Tooth Fairy asserts ownership because Miguelito is in the United States, but El Raton Perez, the tooth-collecting mouse who collects teeth in Latin America and Spain, defends ownership due to family tradition. Thankfully, they both work out a compromise.  This is a fun and unique way of presenting a rite of passage in many cultures.


(image taken from Random House website<http://www.randomhouse.com/book/198077/what-can-you-do-with-a-rebozo-by-carmen-tafolla>)

What can you do with a rebozo (a long scarf)? You can accessorize a dress, play hide and seek, keep a grandmother or baby brother warm, use it as a blindford while attempting to burst a pinata…so many things! Not only is this is celebration of a close-knit family, but it’s also a tribute to creativity.  (See also What Can You Do With a Paleta? by the same author.)

What are your favorite picture books featuring Latino characters and culture? Tell us in the comments!


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