LIBROS PARA NIÑOS  |  CHILDREN'S BOOKS
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Themes: Heritage, History

Age:  4-9 year olds

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If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.

Themes: Heritage, History

Age: 6-10 year olds

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When Areli was just a baby, her mama and papa moved from Mexico to New York with her brother, Alex, to make a better life for the family--and when she was in kindergarten, they sent for her, too. Everything in New York was different. Gone were the Saturdays at Abuela’s house, filled with cousins and sunshine. Instead, things were busy and fast and noisy. Areli’s limited English came out wrong, and schoolmates accused her of being illegal. But with time, America became her home. And she saw it as a land of opportunity, where millions of immigrants who came before her paved their own paths. She knew she would, too.

Themes: Ethnicity, Heritage, Indigenous and Tejano History

Age:  5-10 year olds

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When her family moved to the town of Westminster, CA, young Sylvia Mendez was excited about enrolling in her neighborhood school.  But she and her brothers were turned away and told they had to attend the Mexican school instead. 

Themes: Ethnicity, Heritage, Indigenous and Tejano History

Age:  5-10 year olds

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Izta was the most beautiful princess in the land, and suitors traveled from far and wide to wo her. Even though she was the daughter of the emperor, Izta had no desire to marry a man of welath and power. Instead, she fell in love with Popoca, a brave warrior. 

Themes: Heritage, History

Age:  6-10 year olds

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Ninety-two-year-old Octavio Rivera is a beautiful dreamer. And lately he has been visited by some very interesting dreams—dreams about piñatas that spill their treasures before him, revealing kissing turtles, winged pigs, hitchhiking armadillos and many more fantastic things! Octavio doesn’t tell anyone about his dreams except his young granddaughter Regina because she alone understands beautiful and fantastic dreams.

Themes: Ethnicity, Heritage, History

Age:  4-8 year olds

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Together a little boy and his grandma discover a world of language and realize that loved ones have special ways of understanding each other.

Themes: Ethinicity, Heritage and

Tejano History

Age:  6-10 year olds

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Papito and the Squeezebox is a heartwarming tale of a young boy searching for his identity through his love of Tejano music. His musical skills are put to the test, but with the help of his family and his cultura, he finds the magic he was looking for all along. Papito and the Squeezebox is a beautiful look at Tejano music and one child’s self-discovery to find where he belongs. 

Themes: Ethnicity, Heritage, Indigenous and Tejano History

Age:  7-9 year olds

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A vivid depiction of the early injustices encountered by a young Mexican-American girl in San Antonio in the 1920's, this book tells the true story of Emma Tenayuca. Emma learns to care deeply about poverty and hunger during a time when many Mexican Americans were starving to death and working unreasonably long hours at slave wages in the city's pecan-shelling factories.

Themes: Ethnicity, Heritage

Age:  12-17 year olds

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Lupita, a budding actor and poet in a close-knit Mexican American immigrant family. As the oldest of eight siblings, Lupita is used to taking the lead-and staying busy behind the scenes to help keep everyone together. But when she discovers Mami has been diagnosed with cancer, Lupita is terrified by the possibility of losing her mother. 

Themes: Heritage, History

Age:  4-10 year olds

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Some cats are good luck; Woogie is one of them. But Woogie is running through his nine lives awfully fast! From hiding near a car’s warm engine to fighting a neighbor cat, Woogie lives a life of danger. Woogie loses her eighth life when the little girl who owns her decides to take her to the powwow (even though her mother said no.) When she realizes her beloved cat could have died hiding in the trunk with their outfits, she treats Woogie to licks of her snow cone. One day not long after that, Woogie doesn’t come home. When will her good luck cat show up again?