For books with Hispanic & Latinx themes, try searching the library catalog for the following subject headings:
Hispanic Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Hispanic Americans -- Civil rights -- Juvenile literature.
Children's poetry, Latin American.
Hispanic American families -- Juvenile literature.
Hispanic Americans -- Social life and customs -- Juvenile literature.
Mexican Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum FICTION .M3163 A44
Publication Date: 2018-04-10
A 2019 Caldecott Honor Book What's in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from - and who she may one day be.If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all - and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.
Daniela is preparing for the Day of the Dead--the first one since her grandpa died. She makes an ofrenda with Grandpa's favorite things and toy skeletons. Her family has a party to remember Grandpa.
Day of the Dead by Linda Lowery; Barbara Knutson (Illustrator)
Call Number: M CURRICULUM GT4995.A4 L69 2004
Publication Date: 2003-01-09
The Day of the Dead is a special holiday celebrated in many places like Mexico and parts of the United States to honor people who have died. It's celebrated between October 31 and November 2 and there are costumes, but no one says, trick-or-treat. There is candy, but this candy is shaped like coffins and skeletons. People picnic in cemeteries, go to parades, set off fireworks, and bake special breads and meals to remember friends and family members who have died.
Diego Rivera by Susan Goldman Rubin
Call Number: M CURRICULUM ND259.R5 R83 2013
Publication Date: 2013-02-05
Diego Rivera offers young readers unique insight into the life and artwork of the famous Mexican painter and muralist. The book follows Rivera's career, looking at his influences and tracing the evolution of his style. His work often called attention to the culture and struggles of the Mexican working class. Believing that art should be for the people, he created public murals in both the United States and Mexico, examples of which are included. The book contains a list of museums where you can see Rivera's art, a historical note, a glossary, and a bibliography.
Family Pictures (Cuadros de Familia) by Carmen Lomas Garza (Illustrator)
Call Number: M CURRICULUM E184.S75 L66 1990
Publication Date: 1990-05-01
The day-to-day experiences of a young girl in a traditional Hispanic community form the basis of this lovingly told, beautifully illustrated book. Garza's memories of childhood are "an inspired celebration of American cultural diversity".--"School Library Journal". ALA Notable Book; Texas Bluebonnet Award. Full color.
Jose! Born to Dance by Susanna Reich; Raúl Colón (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum FICTION .R3971 J83
Publication Date: 2005-08-01
José was a boy with a song in his heart and a dance in his step. Born in Mexico in 1908, he came into the world kicking like a steer, and grew up to love to draw, play the piano, and dream. José's dreaming took him to faraway places. He dreamed of bullfighters and the sounds of the cancan dancers that he saw with his father. Dance lit a fire in José's soul. With his heart to guide him, José left his family and went to New York to dance. He learned to flow and float and fly through space with steps like a Mexican breeze. When José danced, his spirit soared. From New York to lands afar, José Limón became known as the man who gave the world his own kind of dance. ¡OLÉ! ¡OLÉ! ¡OLÉ! Susanna Reich's lyrical text and Raúl Colón's shimmering artwork tell the story of a boy who was determined to make a difference in the world, and did. José! Born to Dance will inspire picture book readers to follow their hearts and live their dreams.
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum FICTION .L84 J94
Publication Date: 2018-04-23
Winner of a 2019 Stonewall Book Award In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love's author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.
La Frontera by Alfredo Alva; Deborah Mills; Claudia Navarro (Illustrator)
Call Number: M CURRICULUM E184.M5 M54 2018
Publication Date: 2018-05-01
Join a young boy and his father on a daring journey from Mexico to Texas to find a new life. They'll need all the resilience and courage they can muster to safely cross the border - la frontera - and to make a home for themselves in a new land. AGES: 8 to 10 AUTHORS: Alfredo Alva is a stonemason from La Ceja, Mexico. He and his family live in Texas, where he designs architectural details from stone for local architects. He met Deborah Mills while working on a local architecture project, and they worked together to write his story and obtain photos of his family and hometown in Mexico. Deborah Mills is an architect who has lived and traveled all over the world with her family. She divides her time between Texas and the Thousand Islands.
A Library for Juana by Pat Mora; Beatriz Vidal (Illustrator)
Call Number: M CURRICULUM PQ 7296 .J6 Z6993 2002
Publication Date: 2002-11-12
From the author of Tomás and the Library Lady, an amazing, true story about the quest for knowledge that inspired one of Mexico’s most famous and beloved poets, Sor Juana Inés. Juana Inés was just a little girl in a village in Mexico when she decided that the thing she wanted most in the world was her very own collection of books, just like in her grandfather’s library. When she found out that she could learn to read in school, she begged to go. And when she later discovered that only boys could attend university, she dressed like a boy to show her determination to attend. Word of her great intelligence soon spread, and eventually, Juana Inés was considered one of the best scholars in the Americas–something unheard of for a woman in the 17th century. Today, this important poet is revered throughout the world and her verse is memorized by schoolchildren all over Mexico.
Little Mama Forgets by Robin Cruise; Stacey Dressen-McQueen (Illustrator); R. D. Cruise
Call Number: Curriculum FICTION .C7786 L588
Publication Date: 2006-03-21
Every morning, Lucy tiptoes into her grandmother's room to wake her with a gentle tickle. Little Mamá always remembers to tickle Lucy right back! But Lucy knows there are things herabuelitasometimes forgets - like the way to the park or how to tie her shoes. "Two long bunny ears like this," Lucy shows her. Still, there's much that Little Mamá remembers and shares: how to skip and dance, stories from Mexico, and plenty of hugs and kisses. A lyrical text with Spanish words and phrases and vibrant art spiced with cultural details capture the give-and-take in this lively Hispanic family and celebrate the special bonds that exist between young and old.
Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
Call Number: M CURRICULUM LC214.2 .T66 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
A 2015 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book and a 2015 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a "Whites only" school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.
Under the Mambo Moon by Julia Durango; Fabricio VandenBroeck (Illustrator)
Call Number: M CURRICULUM PS3604.U727 U53 2011
Publication Date: 2011-07-01
On summer nights Marisol helps out in Papi's music store. As customers come and go, they share memories of the Latin music and dance of their various homelands, expressed in a dazzling array of poetry. The diversity of Latin American music is brought to life in poems that swivel, sway, and sizzle with the rhythms of merengue, vallenatos, salsa, and samba. Back matter includes a map, author's note, and further information about the musical heritage of Latin America.
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales (Illustrator); Tim O'Meara (Illustrator)
Call Number: M CURRICULUM ND259.K33 M66 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
A 2015 Caldecott Honor BookA 2015 Pura Belpré (Illustrator) AwardFrida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases.Distinguished author/illustrator Yuyi Morales illuminates Frida's life and work in this elegant and fascinating book.