Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Best Latino Children's Literature to Read with Your Child

Last week, Parenting.com shared their list of the best books to read with your child. While they had a lot of great titles on there, I was pretty disappointed over the fact that they did not include any Latino children's literature...and, no, Skippyjon Jones does NOT count.

When I shared this on Facebook, some of you asked for a list to supplement Parenting's article. So here is a short list of some of my favorite bilingual or bicultural books that I would have included in that article had I been the one to write it.


(English and Spanish Edition)
by Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy

The most comprehensive collection of nursery rhymes, lullabies, riddles, proverbs, folklore, and even villancicos that is available in the U.S.

by José-Luis Orozco

A fantastic collection of Latin American finger rhymes and songs, this book is filled with vibrant illustrations as well as music notations.

Under the Lemon Moon
by Edith Hope Fine

The moving story of a young girl who awakens one night to find an intruder stealing the lemons from her lemon tree. During her quest to find the thief, she learns a powerful lesson of compassion and forgiveness.

by Jerry Tello

The hilarious story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears...with a Latin twist!

(Pura Belpre Medal Book Illustrator)
by Pat Mora

Doña Flor is a giant lady who lives in a tiny village in the American Southwest. Beautifully written and illustrated.

(Dual Language Edition)
by Lucia M. Gonzalez, Lulu Delacre

The classic Cuban folktale of a bossy rooster on his way to his uncle's wedding.

by Duncan Tonatiuh

The love story of Izta, the most beautiful princess in the land, and Popoca, a brave warrior who fought in her father’s army—and a man who did not offer her riches but a promise to stay by her side forever.

by Margarita Engle

Teresa Carreño left her home in Venezuela to live in the United States. Scared and lonely, she took comfort in music. She was such a talented pianist that even President Lincoln wanted to hear her play.

by Lulu Delacre

Using the framework of the Spanish alphabet, this bilingual nonfiction book introduces readers to a cloud forest in the Andes; the plants, animals, and other organisms found there; and the newly-identified olinguito, a South American mammal.

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