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Hispanic Heritage Month Picture Books

Picture books to celebrate Hispanic Heritage.

Medina, Meg, author.
JEASY SP MED
La abuela de Mia viene a vivir con Mia y sus padres. Cuando Mia eomparte con ella su cuento favorito a la hora de dormir, descubre que la abuela no entiende inglés. Mia la ayuda con el inglés y a la vez ella aprende algunas palabras en español. Pero la abuela no conoce suficientes palabras en inglés para compartir las historias de familia con su nieta. Un dia, Mia ve un loro en una tienda de mascotas y descubre la manera de ayudar a su abuela.

Medina, Meg, author.
JEASY MED

Quintero, Isabel, author.
JEASY SP QUI
Cuando Daisy Ramona recorre su barrio en motocicleta con su papi, ve a la gente y los lugares que siempre ha conocido. Tambi n ve a una comunidad que est cambiando r pidamente a su alrededor. Pero mientras el sol azul p rpura y dorado se va poniendo a sus espaldas, Daisy Ramona comprende que el amor que siente por su ciudad nunca cambiar. Con brillantes ilustraciones y un texto lleno de sentimiento, Mi papi tiene una motocicleta es un mensaje lleno de amor de una ni a a su padre, esforzado trabajador, y a los recuerdos que todos guardamos de nuestro hogar a pesar de los cambios o la distancia.

Quintero, Isabel, author.
JEASY QUI
"When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there. With vivid illustrations and text bursting with heart, My Papi Has a Motorcycle is a young girl's love letter to her hardworking dad and to memories of home that we hold close in the midst of change."-- Provided by publisher.

Brown, Monica, 1969-
JEASY SP BRO
When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana's excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the Biblioburro to return. Includes glossary of Spanish terms and a note on the true story of Columbia's Biblioburro and mobile libraries in other countries.

de la Peña, Matt, author.
JEASY DEL
Carmela, finally old enough to run errands with her brother, tries to think of the perfect wish, while his wish seems to be that she stayed home.

de la Peña, Matt, author.
JEASY SP DEL
Carmela, finally old enough to run errands with her brother, tries to think of the perfect wish, while his wish seems to be that she stayed home.

Elya, Susan Middleton, 1955- author.
JEASY ELY
"A rhyming twist on a classic fairy tale in which a queen places a pea under a young lady's mattress to see if she is truly a princess. Incorporates Spanish words and Includes a glossary"-- Provided by publisher.

Alvarez, Julia.
J 398.2 ALV
A story based on Dominican folklore, about the ciguapas, a tribe of beautiful underwater people whose feet are attached backwards, with their toes pointing in the direction from which they have come.

Martinez-Neal, Juana, author, illustrator.
JEASY MAR
When Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.

Martinez-Neal, Juana, author, illustrator.
JEASY SP MAR
Alma quiere saber por qué su nombre es tan largo, así que Papi le cuenta a su pequeña la gran historia.

Ada, Alma Flor.
J FICTION ADA
A collection of stories about young Latino's immigrant experiences in the United States.

Díaz, Junot, 1968- author.
JEASY DIA
"Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland...and in the process, comes up with a new way of understanding her own heritage"-- Provided by publisher.

Díaz, Junot, 1968- author.
JEASY SP DIA
When she has to draw a picture of where she immigrated from, Lola asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland.

Garza, Cynthia Leonor.
JEASY GAR
Lucia zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when they tell her 'girls can't be superheroes', suddenly she doesn't feel so mighty. That's when her beloved abuela reveals a dazzling secret: Lucia comes from a family of luchadoras, the bold and valiant women of the Mexican lucha libre tradition. But when she's confronted with a case of injustice, Lucia must decide if she can stay true to the ways of the luchadora and fight for what is right, even if it means breaking the sacred rule of never revealing the identity behind her mask.

Rodríguez, Patty, author.
JEASY SP ROD
Born on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas, Selena Quintanilla was destined to be a star. Her career started at a young age when she became the lead singer in her family's band, Selena y Los Dinos.

Morales, Yuyi, author.
J 818.603 MOR
"An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story"-- Provided by publisher.

Morales, Yuyi, author.
J SP 818.603 MOR
"En 1994, Yuyi Morales dejó su hogar en Xalapa, México, para emigrar a Estados Unidos con su hijo pequeño. Aunque dejó atrás casi todas sus pertenencias, no llegó con las manos vacías. Trajo consigo su fortaleza, su trabajo, su pasión, sus esperanzas y sueños ... y sus historias. El nuevo y magnífico libro de Yuyi Morales, Soñadores, se centra en la búsqueda por encontrar un hogar en un nuevo lugar. El trayecto de Yuyi y su hijo Kelly no fue fácil, ya que ella no hablaba inglés en esa época. Pero, juntos, descubrieron un lugar desconocido e increíble: la biblioteca pública. Allí, libro a libro, descifraron la lengua de esta nueva tierra y formaron en ella su hogar. Soñadores es un homenaje a los migrantes y a todo lo que traen con ellos, y aportan, cuando dejan sus países. Es una historia de familia. Una historia que nos recuerda que todos somos soñadores que llevamos nuestros propios regalos donde quiera que vayamos. Bella y poderosa en todo momento, pero especialmente de una urgente premura hoy en día en que el futuro de los dreamers es incierto, esta es una historia actual y eterna."--Amazon.

Velasquez, Eric.
JEASY VEL
The author describes Christmas at his grandmother's apartment in Spanish Harlem the year she introduced him to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Diego Velazquez's portrait of Juan de Pareja, which has had a profound and lasting effect on him.

Ada, Alma Flor.
JEASY ADA
A young girl enjoys the similarities and the differences between her English-speaking and Spanish-speaking grandparents.

Tafolla, Carmen, 1951-
JEASY SP TAF
A young Mexican American girl celebrates the paleta, an icy fruit popsicle, and the many roles it plays in her lively barrio.

Brown, Monica, 1969- author.
J SP VOX JEASY BRO
Marisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut-brown skin. Polka dots and stripes are her favorite combination. She prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos in her lunch box. To Marisol, these seemingly mismatched things make perfect sense together. Other people wrinkle their nose in confusion at Marisol -- can't she just choose one or the other? Try as she might, in a world where everyone tries to put this biracial, Peruvian-Scottish-American girl into a box, Marisol McDonald doesn't match. And that's just fine with her.

Méndez, Yamile Saied, author.
JEASY MEN
"When a young girl is asked where she's from--where she's really from--she's no longer as she was. She decides to turn to her dear abuelo for some help with this ever-persistent question. But he doesn't quite give her the answer she expects."--Page [2] of cover.

Woodson, Jacqueline, author.
JEASY SP WOO
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

Woodson, Jacqueline, author.
JEASY WOO
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

Raúl the Third, 1976- author, illustrator.
JEASY RAU
"Little Lobo, a Mexican American, and Bernabé, his dog, gather tacos, frutas picadas, cuernos, and more and deliver them to los luchadores preparing for Lucha Libre 5000."--Provided by publisher.

Perkins, Mitali, author.
JEASY PER
When Maria, Juan, and their mother go to the border between California and Mexico to visit their grandmother at Christmas, Maria must devise a way to get Juan's gift over the fence.-- Provided by Publisher.

Otheguy, Emma, author.
JEASY SP OTH
Gabo, shy with other children and having no sled or winter clothing, yearns to go sledding and his neighbor's granddaughter, Isa, helps him find a way.

Otheguy, Emma, author.
JEASY OTH
Gabo, shy with other children and having no sled or winter clothing, yearns to go sledding and his neighbor's granddaughter, Isa, helps him find a way.

Méndez, Yamile Saied, author.
JEASY SP MEN
"Una niña que tiene que responder de dónde es--de dónde es de verdad--no sabe qué decir. Entonces decide preguntarle a su querido abuelo para que la ayude a responder a esta insistente pregunta. Pero él no le da la respuesta que ella espera."--Dust jacket front flap.

Tonatiuh, Duncan, author, illustrator.
J 398.20897 TON
"Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico's cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side."-- Provided by publisher.

Beaty, Andrea, author.
JEASY SP BEA
"Cada mañana, Abuelo acompaña a Sofía en su camino a la escuela... hasta que un día Abuelo se lastima el tobillo en un vertedero, y desde entonces no puede acompañarla más. Sofía extraña a su abuelo y se pregunta qué podría hacer ella respecto a esa peligrosa montaña de basura. Luego, se le ocurre una brillante idea: ¡la ciudad puede convertir ese espacio fangoso en un parque! Se sienta a pensar en los pasos que debe tomar, planifica y finalmente reúne el valor para ir al ayuntamiento, donde lo único que logra es que un empleado le informe que ¡no puede construir un parque porque ella es sólo una niña! Sofía siente que ha perdido una pequeña batalla, pero no la guerra, y desde entonces se propone demostrar de lo que un niño es capaz de hacer."--Amazon.

Beaty, Andrea, author.
JEASY BEA
When her abuelo is injured at the local landfill, second-grader Sofia is determined to transform the dangerous Mount Trashmore into a park, taking on City Hall in the process.

Méndez, Yamile Saied, author.
JEASY MEN
"What will you be when you grow up? A young girl dreams about all the endless possibilities, sparking a sense of wonder, curiosity, and growth. With her abuela's loving guidance, she learns her potential is limitless. Yamile Saied Méndez's powerful, lyrical text and Kate Alizadeh's colorful, stunning art are a radiant celebration of family, love, and community."--Publisher description.

Engle, Margarita, author.
JEASY ENG
Follows a young Cuban girl in the 1930s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there's never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.

Soto, Gary.
JEASY SP SOT
Maria tries on her mother's wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get-together. Panic ensues when hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.

Soto, Gary.
JEASY SOT
Maria tries on her mother's wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get-together. Panic ensues when hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.

Mora, Pat.
JEASY SP MOR
A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.

Colato Laínez, René.
JEASY SP COL
In this story based on the author's childhood, a young Salvadoran immigrant is teased for having two last names until he presents his family tree project celebrating his heritage.

Dominguez, Angela, author, illustrator.
JEASY DOM
"From Pura Belpre honoree Angela Dominguez, Love You Baby Burrito is a modern classic picture book celebrating the act of swaddling a newborn into a baby burrito." -- Provided by publisher.

Llanos, Mariana, author.
JEASY LLA
In this tale set in the ancient Inka empire, Little Chaski has a big job: he is the Inka King's newest royal messenger. But on his first day things quickly start to go awry. Will Little Chaski be able to deliver the royal message on time?

Betancourt-Perez, Jessica, author.
JEASY BET
Newly arrived from Colombia, Isabella's first day of school in the United States is cancelled because of snow and when Isabella notices a girl playing outside she makes a new friend, despite the language barrier.