Great books for elementary grades!
El Barrio by Debbi Chocolate
Join a young boy whose curiosity about his neighborhood, El Barrio. With the bold, and colorful illustrations it’ll for sure have children curious too!
De Colores by Jose Luis Orozco
The cheerful, colorful, and wonderful illustrations will have children singing and dancing
Hairs/ Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros
A girl describes how each person in the family has hair that looks and acts different, Papa’s like a broom, Kiki’s like fur, and Mama’s with the sweet smell of bread before it’s baked
Papa and Me by Arthur Dorros
A young boy and his papa may speak both Spanish and English, but the most important language they speak is the language of love.
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
Seven-year-old Lena wants to use brown paint to paint a picture of herself. She and her mother take a walk, and Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.
I Love My Hair! by Natasha Tarpley
This whimsical, evocative story about a girl named Keyana encourages African-American children to feel good about their special hair and be proud of their heritage.
Gracias/ Thank You by Pat Mora
In a series of poetic sentences, a young boy (biracial Mexican/Caucasian) tells about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful. Come share the joy, and think about all the things for which you can say, ¡Gracias! Thanks!
My Name is Celia/ Mi llamo Celia by Monica Brown
Let’s dance Salsa! with Celia Cruz as we get a scope into her life. It’s a great book for young readers to learn about how Celia becomes a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba, then moves to New York City and Miami where she and others create a new type of music called salsa
Diego Rivera His World and ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
This charming book introduces one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century, Diego Rivera, to young readers. It tells the story of Diego as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world.
Gathering the Sun by Alma Flor Ada
Simple poems in Spanish and English, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet, describe the wonder of the vegetable and fruit farms. Together, the poems and the rich illustrations celebrate the glory of nature and the hearts of all who dedicate their lives to working the land.
Grandma’s Records by Eric Velasquez
Let’s witness the lively relationship between a young boy,Eric and his abuela (grandmother) with the sound of blaring horns, and conga drums of Bomba y Plena. This story is set in El Barrio (East Harlem)
Waiting for the Biblioburro -Monica Brown
Ana loves stories. She often makes them up to help her little brother fall asleep. But in her small village there are only a few books and she has read them all. One morning, Ana wakes up to the clip-clop of hooves, and there before her, is the most wonderful sight: a traveling library resting on the backs of two burros‑all the books a little girl could dream of, with enough stories to encourage her to create one of her own.
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