Day of the Dead Picture Books

From fun and spooky tales to poignant family stories, this collection of Day of the Dead picture books covers a lot of ground.
Updated October 2, 2022
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Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
Duncan Tonatiuh
Discover the story behind José Guadalupe Posada's iconic Día de Muertos skeletons in this fascinating picture book from award-winning creator Duncan Tonatiuh.   A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year A...
The Spirit of Tío Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story / El espíritu de tío Fernando : Una historia del Día de los Muertos
Janice Levy
This touching and beautifully written bilingual book tells how a Mexican boy and his mother honor the spirit of the boy's favorite uncle on the Day of the Dead. Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.
Gustavo, the Shy Ghost
Flavia Z. Drago
A #1 New York Times bestseller! This winning debut picture book from Mexican artist Flavia Z. Drago about finding the courage to make friends is perfect for the spooky season -- or anytime. Gustavo is good at doing all sorts of ghostly things: walking through...
Beto and the Bone Dance
Gina Freschet
A fantastic encounter on the Day of the Dead. Today is Beto's favorite holiday -- the Day of the Dead. First, he and his father craft an altar at home in honor of Beto's recently departed grandmother, filled with the things she loved in life. Later, it's off to the cemetery, where at midnight all...
The Dead Family Diaz
P.J. Bracegirdle
A fresh, funny take on the Day of the Dead that's packed with kid appeal Every skeleton in the Land of the Dead is excited to celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the Living. But not Angelito. His big sister has told him all about their horrifying bulgy eyes and squishy skin. So...
Maria Molina and the Days of the Dead
Kathleen Krull
In Mexico, Maria and her family celebrate Los Dias de los Muertos, The Days of the Dead. Includes a recipe for pan de los muertos.
The Remembering Day / El dia de los muertos
Pat Mora
Long, long, long ago, Bella and her grandmother Mamá Alma admired their vegetable garden. They liked gardening together. They grew sunflowers and lilies too, and chatted with lizards and hummingbirds. They walked around the flowers and vegetables holding hands, something they had done frequently...
Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book
Jeanette Winter
Every year Don Pedro and his family make papier-mache skeletons, or calaveras, for Mexico's Day of the Dead fiesta. FromAngel andDoctor to Mariachi andUnicornio, each letter of the alphabet has its...
Gift For Abuelita / Un regalo para Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead/En celebracion del Dia de los Muertos (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition)
Nancy Luenn
This affectionate picture book reveals Rosita's sense of loss when her grandmother dies and how the family works together on the Day of the Dead to restore the healing power of remembrance. Full color.
Felipa and the Day of the Dead
Birte Müller
Now available in a Spanish language edition, this story about a youngster coming to terms with her grandmother's death focuses on the Day of the Dead holiday celebrated throughout much of Latin America.
The Day of the Dead / El día de los muertos
Bob Barner
Follow two children as they celebrate their ancestors on this vibrant holiday. They offer marigolds, sugar skulls, and special bread, and make delicious foods. By spreading marigold petals, they guide the dead home to join the festivities. Finally, after singing and dancing, it's time for bed. Bob...
The Festival of the Bones / El festival de las calaveras
Luis San Vicente
Mexico's Day of the Dead fascinates U.S readers, whether for its joyful celebration of an unusual tradition or because it simply feels like home. San Vicente lets children join the celebration as they watch the skeletons rock, rattle, and roll those long old bones as they get ready for the...
Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book
Yuyi Morales
From three-time Pura Belpré Winner Yuyi Morales, a delightful alphabet picture book about a Día de los Muertos skeleton who must find the perfect birthday gift (or gifts!) A 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year Winner of the 2009 Pura Belpré Medal for...
Clatter Bash! A Day of the Dead Celebration
Richard Keep
Get ready for a rollicking Day of the Dead celebration! Graveyard skeletons shake, rattle, and roll as a Mexican family marks the annual Day of the Dead holiday. ? ?[A zesty look at a special night.? ?School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW At dusk on the holiday...
Día de los muertos
Roseanne Greenfield Thong
El Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead, is here--a holiday for celebrating the lives of departed family and friends. Altars are decorated with sugar skulls and marigolds. Tamales and sweets are ready to eat. Soon it will be time for picnics, music, and a costume parade! Come join in these joyful and...
Just a Minute! A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
Yuyi Morales
In this original trickster tale, Senor Calavera arrives unexpectedly at Grandma Beetle's door. He requests that she leave with him right away. "Just a minute," Grandma Beetle tells him. She still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas -- and that...
Day of the Dead
Tony Johnston
Above a small town in Mexico, the sun rises like a great marigold, and one family begins preparations for an annual celebration, El día de los muertos,the Day of the Dead. Soon they will go out into the night, join their neighbors, and walk to the graveyard to welcome the spirits of...

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