Latinx Book List
Lower School Library
Across the Bay, by Carlos Aponte.
Carlitos goes to look for his father in San Juan Puerto Rico. His unsuccessful search makes him appreciate the family he has.
Carmella Full of Wishes, by Matt DeLaPena.
Carmella joins her brother on his errands and tries to think of just the right wish to make.
Island Born by Junot Diaz. Lola was born Dominican Republic but can’t remember anything about it. She sets out to ask her neighbors all about it and learns that her culture is all around.
Abuela by Arthur Dorros. A girl and her grandmother take a magical journey flying over New York City.
La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Los Ninos by Susan Middleton Elya. This beautifully illustrated collection of nursery rhymes weaves Spanish words throughout.
La Princessa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya. This funny, modern retelling of the Princess and the Pea is set in Peru.
Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya. In this version, peppered with Spanish words, the billy goats work together to help the troll.
Roja Riding Hood by the same author is just as fun.
Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle. A young Cuba girl dreams of playing the drums, but only boys are allowed to play. She finds a way to make her dreams come true.
Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina. Mia has trouble communicating with her grandmother but they find help through cooking, learning each other’s language...and a new pet parrot.
Rainbow Weaver by Linda Elovitz Marshall. Ixchel wants to learn to weave in the Mayan tradition but her mother is too busy to help. Instead, she finds a way to use what she can find to make something beautiful.
Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales. Little Nino wrestles imaginary opponents in this fun book filled with sound words and spanish vocabulary.
Alma by Juana Martinez Neal. Alma, who has many middle names, describes all of the ancestors who inspired her names.
The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra by Marc Tyler Nobleman. This is a fun, not so scary, story about three goats who try to scare away the legendary Chupacabra monster.
Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from South of the Border by Mitali Perkins. This is a simple but powerful story about a family trying to figure out how to celebrate Christmas with their grandmother across the Mexican border.
My Papi Had a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero.
Daisy loves to ride around her Los Angeles neighborhood on the back of her dad’s motorcycle. They say hello to their neighbors and notice changes in their gentrifying neighborhood.
Just Ask by Sonja Sotomayor. This is a beautifully illustrated celebration of all of the ways that people are different.
Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Thong and John Parra.
This fun rhyming book explores shapes and celebrities Latinx culture at the same time.
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonituh. This folktale inspired by Aztec art and legend tells the tale of how Mexico’s two famous volcanoes came to be.
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh. When Pancho Rabbit wants to travel north to find his father, a tricky Coyote offers to help. This is a great introduction to migration and all of the surrounding issues.
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre by Anika Alduamuy. Belpre was the first Pueto Rican librarian in New York City and she changed the field by emphasising the importance of multicultural stories for children.
Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos by Monica Brown.
This simple biography is told through the lens of Frida’s animal friends.
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown. This beautifully illustrated account of the Chilean poets life emphasizes the importance of noticing the little things about the world around you.
Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreno Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle. A fascinating biography of a piano prodigy from Venezuela who came to America and was invited to the White House.
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales. This is a gorgeously illustrated story of the author’s journey to the US from Mexico and a celebration of immigrants and their resilience.
Danza! Amalia Hernandez and El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico by Duncan Tonatiuh. This is a beautifully illustrated biography of the woman who taught the world about traditional Mexican dance.
Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and her Family’s Fight to End Segregation by Duncan Tonatiuh This is a beautiful and important book about one family's fight to desegregate schools in California. They win their case, paving the way for Brown vs. the Board of Education years later.
Biblioburro by Jeanette Winter. The true story of a teacher from Columbia with too many books. He decides to bring them to children with help from his two donkeys. Look for Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown for another version of this inspiring story.
CHAPTER BOOKS AND EARLY READERS
Stella Diaz Dreams Big by Angela Dominguez. This is the first in a series of funny but realistic chapter books for grades 3-4 about a Mexican American girl and her adventures. It is perfect for fans of Beverly Cleary and Ivy and Bean.
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez. Gabi and Sal find themselves in the principals office for very different reasons, but when Sal accidentally manipulates time and space, they have to find a way to repair the world. This is perfect for fourth and fifth graders who love humor and science fiction--plus it introduces lots of spanish words and descriptions of cuban food!
Sofia Martinez, Mi Vida Loca by Jaqueline Jules. Seven year old Sofia always has a plan. This easy to read chapter book series is perfect for newly confident readers in grades 1 and 2 and includes lots of Spanish vocabulary.
Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina. This early chapter book tells the funny stories of a girl and her dog in Bogota--great for fans of Henry and Mudge and Ivy and Bean.
Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina. This award winning novel for grades 4-5 tells the funny, realistic and heartwarming story of Merci, a Cuban-American girl and her struggles to navigate sixth grade at her private school Florida.
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muoz Ryan. This chapter book for fourth and fifth graders is a riches to rags story of a wealthy Mexican girl who loses everything and must start over in California.
Bea Garcia: My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke The first in a chapter book series for grades 1-3. Bea is an artist and loves to doodle. These easy to read books are full of pictures making them fast and fun for new readers.