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Grades K-4

Paco and the Witch: A Puerto Rican Folktale

by Pitre, Felix

A young boy is trapped by a crafty witch who will not free him unless he can guess her name.

The Christmas Gift

by Jiménez, Francisco and Cotts, Claire B.

With honesty and grace, award-winning author Francisco Jiménez shares his most poignant Christmas memory in this beautifully illustrated picture book. As Christmas approaches, Panchito can't wait to see what present he gets.

The Desert Is My Mother / El Desierto Es Mi Madre

by Mora, Pat

This beautifully written and illustrated book will inspire children with its artistry, imagination, and spirit. A young girl embarks on a poetic journey through the desert, discovering the many gifts that nature offers. In English and Spanish.

The Tortilla Factory

by Paulsen, Gary

In clear and eloquent language, Gary Paulsen pays tribute to a cycle of life--from seed to plant to tortilla.

Tomás and the Library Lady

by Mora, Pat

Tomás is a son of migrant workers. Every summer he and his family follow the crops north from Texas to Iowa, spending long, arduous days in the fields. At night they gather around to hear Grandfather's wonderful stories.

Too Many Tamales

by Soto, Gary

As she helped her mother prepare the tamales for Christmas dinner, Maria slipped her mother's diamond ring onto her finger for just a moment. But suddenly, the ring was gone, and there were 24 tamales that just might contain the missing ring.

Grades 5-8

Alicia Alonso: First Lady of the Ballet

by Arnold, Sandra Martin

A biography of the Cuban ballerina who founded her own ballet school and company, performed with the Ballet Russe, and continued to dance even after she lost her sight.

Béisbol en abril y otras historias

by Soto, Gary

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Call Me Consuelo

by Lachtman, Ofelia Dumas

After suddenly being orphaned, twelve-year-old Consuelo reluctantly moves in with her American grandmother while hoping to return soon to her Mexican American family.

Felita

by Mohr, Nicholasa

The everyday experiences of an eight-year-old Puerto Rican girl growing up in a close-knit, urban community.

Going Home

by Mohr, Nicholasa

Feeling like an outsider when she visits her relatives in Puerto Rico for the first time, eleven-year-old Felita finds herself having to come to terms with the heritage she always took for granted.

Hermanas / Sisters

by Paulsen, Gary

Local News

by Soto, Gary

A collection of thirteen short stories about the everyday lives of Mexican American young people in California's Central Valley.

Momentos Mágicos / Magic Moments

by Loya., Olga and Lizardi-Rivera, Carmen

Platero y yo / Platero and I

by Livingston, Myra Cohn and Jiménez, Juan Ramón and Domínguez, Joseph F.

In English and Spanish, this book presents a picture of life in the town of Moguer, in Andalusia, Spain, as seen through the eyes of a wandering poet and his faithful donkey.

The Secret of Two Brothers

by Hernández, Irene Beltrán

21-year-old Beaver tries to create a decent life for himself and his brother following his mother's death and his own stint in prison. The story explores maintaining a family against difficult odds and trying to live an honorable life.

Baseball in the Barrios

by Horenstein, Henry

Join nine-year-old Hubaldo Romero Páez in Venezuela as he introduces his friends, his family, and his favorite sport -- baseball.

Beisbol en los Barrios

by Horenstein, Henry

Hubaldo Antonio Romero Páez nos presenta a su familia, a su país y, más importante, a su deporte preferido, el béisbol.

Beisbol! Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends

by Winter, Jonah

This tribute to 14 Latino baseball legends, designed like a collection of baseball cards, features portraits and profiles of some of the sport's greatest players from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.

Fitting In

by Bernardo, Anilú

Anilu Bernardo's spunky Cuban-American protagonists navigate the uncertain waters of adolescence in Miami, and their lot is all that much harder as they juggle the traditional burdens of middle school and high school coupled with the stresses of living those burdens in a foreign culture.

Laughing Out Loud, I Fly : A Carcajadas Yo Vuelo

by Herrera, Juan Felipe

A collection of poems in Spanish and English about childhood, place, and identity.

The Composition

by Skármeta, Antonio

In a village in Chile, Pedro and Daniel are two typical nine-year-old boys. Up until Daniel's father gets arrested, their biggest worry had been how to improve their soccer skills.

¡Béisbol! Pioneros y leyendas del béisbol latino

by Winter, Jonah and Risco, Enrique Del

Béisbol es muy popular en América Latina y muchos de los mejores jugadores del deporte crecían sur de la frontera. Este libro hace reseñas biográficas de catorce de estas gran estrellas quienes jugaban desde 1900 a las 1960s.

Grades 9 and up

Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood

by Cofer, Judith Ortiz

Silent Dancing is about a young girl as she struggles through life, constantly being moved from the U.S. to Puerto Rico, and back again.

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