May is Latino Books Month! So what does it mean to be a Latino, (or Latina)? Well, the term Latino/a covers a myriad of countries and cultures with ties to Latin America. This spans from Mexico, to the Dominican Republic, to Puerto Rico and beyond.
As we learned in the latest edition Kids & Family Reading Report, kids look for books that explore places they have never been, are culturally or ethnically diverse, and help them understand and imagine other people's lives. So in honor of this month that celebrates Latino authors and illustrators, and books that highlight Latino culture and Latin American identity, we gathered an entire list of book recommendations for kids of all ages.
These are incredible books that we know can be shared with any reader!
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet (also available in bilingual format)
¡Qué cosas dice mi abuela! (also available in English)
Frida (also avilable in Spanish)
Esparanza Rising (also available in Spanish)
Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring (coming soon in Spanish)
Allie, First at Last (also available in Spanish)
Gabby Lost and Found (also available in Spanish)
Ugly Cat & Pablo (also available in Spanish)
Star in the Forest (also available in Spanish)
Luciana (American Girl: Girl of the Year 2018, Book 1) (also available in Spanish)
Luciana: Braving the Deep (American Girl: Girl of the Year 2018, Book 2)
Luciana: Out of this World (American Girl: Girl of the Year 2018, Book 3)
Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx (also available in Spanish)