Latine Voices in Picture Books

Updated October 5, 2023
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Alma and Her Family/Alma Y Su Familia
Martinez-Neal, Juana.
Paper Book
Meet Alma's family . . . in two languages! The beloved star of the Caldecott Honor Book Alma and How She Got Her Name appears in a series of joy-filled bilingual board books featuring words and simple phrases in English and Spanish. I play with my cousins. / Juego con...
Alma and how she got her name
Martinez-Neal, Juana
Paper Book
A 2019 Caldecott Honor Book "A beautifully illustrated, tender story to be shared with all children, sure to evoke conversations about their names." --School Library Journal (starred review) If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too...
Benita and the Night Creatures
Llanos, Mariana/ Cocoretto (ILT)
Paper Book
"Young book lovers will relate to Benita's devotion to reading and be amused by the friendly night creatures, who are all based on Peruvian legends" - The Horn Book Magazine Benita loves to read in bed but keeps getting interrupted by a whistling Tunche, a scary Supay and...
Boogie boogie, y'all
Esperanza, C. G.
Paper Book
Author-illustrator C. G. Esperanza delivers a celebratory ode to graffiti and the Boogie Down Bronx through an infectious read-aloud beat and colorful illustrations that leap right off the page! Perfect for fans of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut and Keith Haring. An NPR Best Book...
The coqui?es still sing
González, Karina Nicole
Paper Book
Pura Belpré Honor Book for Children's Text Pura Belpré Honor Book for Children's Illustration Chicago Public Library Best Picture Books of 2022 Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee's Best Children's Books of the Year 2023 New...
A crown for Corina
Kemp, Laekan Zea
Paper Book
A charming story about a girl who learns a beloved family tradition and the symbolism behind the Mexican flower crown, from two Pura Belpré award-winning creators. Today is Corina's birthday, and she's excited to wear the biggest crown with the most...
Dia de Muertos: Numeros : A Day of the Dead Counting Book
Tonatiuh, Duncan.
Paper Book
From award-winning and beloved author-illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh comes this celebratory bilingual picture book centering on a Día de Muertos ofrenda (Day of the Dead altar), constructed annually to honor the memory and welcome the spirit of a loved one. The book uses a counting structure, from one...
Dreamers
Morales, Yuyi.
Audiobook
El barrilito mágico de Papá
Trejo, Jesús
Paper Book
In this Spanish-language edition of Mexican American comedian Jesos Trejo's debut picture book, little Jesos makes a big, funny mistake as he works alongside his landscaper papa, but father and son find a heartwarming solution. Little Jesos is excited to spend a Saturday with his...
Game of Freedom: Mestre Bimba and the Art of Capoeira
Tonatiuh, Duncan.
Paper Book
In the powerful, vibrant biography Game of Freedom, award-winning creator Duncan Tonatiuh sheds light on the legacy of a legendary capoeira player, Mestre Bimba, who resisted racial oppression through art and turned a marginalized practice into a global phenomenon. ...
Gato guapo
Denise, Anika
Paper Book
Laugh and count along with this lively cumulative romp told in a lyrical blend of Spanish and English by Pura Belpré Honor-winning author Anika Aldamuy Denise and illustrator Zara Gonzalez Hoang! Nine kittens follow Gato Guapo around, but when it's time to count them, one by one, they...
La guitarrista
Diaz, Lucky
Paper Book
From the creators of Paletero Man--Latin Grammy-winning musician Lucky Diaz and celebrated artist Micah Player--comes a story about a tenacious girl who achieves her wildest dreams with a little help from her community and a broken guitar....
Jovita wore pants : the story of a Mexican freedom fighter
Salazar, Aida
Paper Book
**A CALDECOTT HONOR BOOK** The remarkable true story of Jovita Valdovinos, a Mexican revolutionary who disguised herself as a man to fight for her rights! * "Graceful . . deft . . . mesmerizing. . . . Bravery and determination prevail in this inspiring tale." --...
A land of books : dreams of young Mexihcah word painters
Tonatiuh, Duncan
Paper Book
Award-winning author-illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh sheds light on the significance of Aztec manuscripts and cultureOur world, little brother, is an amoxtlalpan, a land of books.In the jungles where the jaguar dwells, the Mayas make books.In the mountains the cloud people, the Mixtecs, make them as...
Magic : once upon a faraway land
Ortega, Mirelle
Paper Book
In her debut as author and illustrator, Mirelle Ortega shares her own story of growing up on her family's pineapple farm in Mexico where she learned the true meaning of magicI learned that magic isn't good or bad, it just is. Sometimes it gives, sometimes it takes. Sometimes life blossoms, sometimes...
May your life be deliciosa
Genhart, Michael
Paper Book
"What is the recipe?" I ask. Abuela laughs. "It is in my heart, Rosie. I use mis ojos, my eyes, to measure. Mis manos, my hands, to feel. Mi boca, my mouth, to taste. My abuela gave it to me, and I am giving it to you." Each year on Christmas Eve, Rosie's abuela, mamá, tía, sister, and cousins all...
My dog just speaks Spanish
Caaceres, Andrea
Paper Book
A young bilingual immigrant meanders through her city park, translating for her beloved dog, in a heartwarming picture book debut. When Aurora came to the United States, she learned to speak English. But her spaniel, Nena, did not. Sweet Nena loves to give besos, and she knows...
My two border towns
Bowles, David
Paper Book
A picture book debut by an award-winning author about a boy's life on the U.S.-Mexico border, visiting his favorite places on The Other Side with his father, spending time with family and friends, and sharing in the responsibility of community care. Early one Saturday morning, a...
Papá's magical water-jug clock
Trejo, Jesús
Paper Book
★Kirkus Reviews★Publishers Weekly★School Library Journal A 2024Pura Belpre Honor Award, American Library Association In Mexican American comedian Jesos Trejo's debut picture book, a little boy makes a big, funny mistake and learns the value of resources like...
Phenomenal AOC : the roots and rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Denise, Anika
Paper Book
A 2023 Pura Belpré Honor Book (Illustrations) An inspiring biography of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from Pura Belpré Honor-winning creators Anika Aldamuy Denise and Loris Lora! In 2019, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest congresswoman in America....
Plaatanos go with everything
Norman, Lissette
Paper Book
With the English and Spanish text side by side on the page, this bilingual edition of the vibrant picture book celebrating the strength of community and the versatility of plátanos is ideal for bilingual readers as well as Spanish speakers learning English and vice versa. A 2024 Bank...
Remembering
Gonzalez, Xelena/ Garcia, Adriana M. (ILT)
Paper Book
Three starred reviews! A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book A Chicago Public Library Best Book A family remembers their beloved pet dog through the traditions of Día de Muertos in this "gorgeous, deeply touching exploration of grief and remembrance" (...
Skeletown: Si. ?No!
Montijo, Rhode.
Paper Book
Say "¡SI!" to a fresh, funny, Spanish-forward picture book series set in Skeletown--a cheerful, vibrant world filled with Dí​a de los Muertos-inspired characters! Spend the day with Skully and Skelly as they learn what to say "yes" and "no" to! With the clever...
Spanish is the language of my family
Genhart, Michael
Paper Book
An intergenerational story of family ties, cultural pride, and spelling bee victory following a young boy who bonds with his beloved abuela over a love of Spanish. As a boy prepares for his school's Spanish spelling bee, he asks his grandmother for help with some of the words he...
Vamos! Let's Cross the Bridge
the Third, Raú
Ebook
A 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book Little Lobo and Bernabé are back in this joyful story about coming together and celebrating community, a lively follow-up to ¡Vamos! Let's Go Eat, by Pura Belpré Medal-winning...
Vamos! Let's Go to the Market
Raúl the Thir
Ebook
A 2020 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book  Richard Scarry's Busytown gets a Mexican-American makeover in the marketplace of a buzzing border town from Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third. Bilingual in a...
Where are you from?
Me?ndez, Yamile Saied
Paper Book
This resonant and award-winning picture book tells the story of one girl who constantly gets asked a simple question that doesn't have a simple answer. A great conversation starter in the home or classroom--a book to share, in the spirit of I Am Enough by Grace Byers and...
Where wonder grows
Gonza?lez, Xelena
Paper Book
Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winner 2023 - American Library Association (ALA) A 2023 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winner From the creators of the award-winning picture book All Around Us comes another lyrical intergenerational story exploring our connections to...
Zonia's rain forest
Martinez-Neal, Juana
Paper Book
A heartfelt, visually stunning picture book from Caldecott Honor and Robert F. Sibert Medal winner Juana Martinez-Neal illuminates a young girl's day of play and adventure in the lush rain forest of Peru. Zonia's home is the Amazon rain forest, where it is always green and full...

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