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Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba
by Ada, Alma Flor

9780689806315Alma Flor AdaUnder the Royal Palms: A Childhood in CubaIn this companion volume to Alma Flor Ada's Where the Flame Trees Bloom, the author offers young readers another inspiring collection of stories and reminiscences drawn from her childhood on the island of Cuba. Through those stories we see how the many events and relationships she enjoyed helped shape who she is today. We learn of a deep friendship with a beloved dance teacher that helped sustain young Alma Flor through a miserable year in school. We meet relatives, like her mysterious Uncle Manolo, whose secret, she later learns, is that he dedicated his life to healing lepers. We share the tragedy of another uncle whose spirited personality leads to his love of flying...and the crash that takes his life. Heartwarming, poignant, and often humorous, this collection encourages children to discover the stories in their our own lives -- stories that can help inform their own values and celebrate the joys and struggles we all share no matter where or when we grew up. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3551 .D22 Z475 1998
Publication Date:
2000




I Lived on Butterfly Hill
by Agosín, Marjorie

9781416953449Marjorie Agosín; Lee White (Illustrator)I Lived on Butterfly HillAn eleven-year-old's world is upended by political turmoil in this searing novel from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile. Celeste Marconi is a dreamer. She lives peacefully among friends and neighbors and family in the idyllic town of Valparaiso, Chile--until the time comes when even Celeste, with her head in the clouds, can't deny the political unrest that is sweeping through the country. Warships are spotted in the harbor and schoolmates disappear from class without a word. Celeste doesn't quite know what is happening, but one thing is clear: no one is safe, not anymore. The country has been taken over by a government that declares artists, protestors, and anyone who helps the needy to be considered "subversive" and dangerous to Chile's future. So Celeste's parents--her educated, generous, kind parents--must go into hiding before they, too, "disappear." To protect their daughter, they send her to America. As Celeste adapts to her new life in Maine, she never stops dreaming of Chile. But even after democracy is restored to her home country, questions remain: Will her parents reemerge from hiding? Will she ever be truly safe again? Accented with interior artwork, steeped in the history of Pinochet's catastrophic takeover of Chile, and based on many true events, this multicultural ode to the power of revolution, words, and love is both indelibly brave and heartwrenchingly graceful. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .A2686 IAH 2014
Publication Date:
2015




From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems
by Alarcon, Francisco X

9780892391530Francisco X. Alarcón; Maya Christina Gonzales (Illustrator)From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems: Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otros Poemas de VeranoEste entretenido libro es una colección bilingüe de poemas que refleja la alegría que experimentan unos niños en sus vacaciones a México, cuando visitan a sus tíos, tías y abuelitos. Los recién llegados ansían encontrase con sus parientes, y los parientes, por su parte, desean que los visitantes conozcan y reconozcan su país, sus tradiciones, su cultura, sus comidas, reflejando así las intenciones del autor que escribe libros bilingües sobre la familia, la cultura mexicana-americana y la niñez. Las ilustraciones brillantes y llenas de color y energía captan el calor familiar y la felicidad de los niños durante esas fantásticas vacaciones de verano. Sin duda alguna, los niños de 5 a 8 años disfrutarán este libro y podrán revivir las fantásticas aventuras de los protagonistas. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3551 .L22 F76 1998
Publication Date:
2000













Return to Sender
by Alvarez, Julia

Pura Belpre Author Award
Call Number:
PZ7.A48 RE 2009
Publication Date:
2010




Barrio: José's Neighborhood
by Ancona, George

9780152010492George Ancona (By (photographer))Barrio: José's NeighborhoodWelcome to José's neighborhood. In his barrio, people speak an easy mix of Spanish and English and sometimes even Chinese. The masked revelry of Halloween leads into the festive remembrances of the Day of the Dead. And murals on the walls and buildings sing out the stories of the people who live here. As familiar as any neighborhood yet as strange as a foreign country, Jose's barrio isn't in Mexico or Argentina--it's in San Francisco. Award-winning author and photographer George Ancona follows José through a season in the barrio, and in the process gives readers a glimpse of a community as rich and varied as America itself. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
F869 .S39 M53 1998
Publication Date:
2000




Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead
by Ancona, George

9780688112493George Ancona (Illustrator)Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the DeadFrom October 31 to November 2, people in Mexico celebrate the festival of el Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This photodocumentary follows Pablo and his family as they prepare to honor the memory of Pablo's grandmother. Ancona's "photographs catch the affirmation of life that fills the Mexican festival arising from both Aztec and Christian customs honoring the dead....Joyful."--Chicago Tribune. "This intriguing book makes an excellent offering during the Halloween season."--School Library Journal. Also available in a Spanish Language edition, Pablo Recuerda. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
F1210 .A75 1993
Publication Date:
1996




César : sí, se puede! yes, we can!
by Bernier-Grand, Carmen

9780761451723Carmen T. Bernier-Grand; David Diaz (Illustrator)Cesar: Si, Se Puede! Yes, We Can!Born in 1927 in Yuma, Arizona, César Chavez lived the hard-scrabble life of a migrant worker during the Depression. Although his mother wanted him to get an education, César left school after eighth grade to work. He grew to be a charismatic leader and founded the National Farm Workers Association, an organization that fought for basic rights for farm workers. In powerful poems and dramatic stylized illustrations, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and David Díaz pay tribute to Chavez's legacy helping migrant workers improve their lives by doing things by themselves for themselves. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3602 .E7624 C47 2004
Publication Date:
2006




Frida: Viva la vida
by Bernier-Grand, Carmen

9780761453369Carmen T. Bernier-Grand; Frida Kahlo (Illustrator)Frida: Viva la Vida! - Long Live Life!" Wearing the white huipil with the lavender tassel, hiding my amputated leg in red-leather boots, I wheel the wheelchair to the Blue House studio that Diego so lovingly built for me. I dip the brush in blood-red paint and, embracing life with all its light, I print on a watermelon cut open--like I am-- ¡Viva la vida!-- a hymn to nature and life. " Frida Kahlo, a native of Mexico, is described here in biographical poems accompanied by her own artwork. Both text and images reveal the anguish and joy of her two marriages to muralist Diego Rivera, her life-long suffering from a crippling bus accident, and her thirst for life, even as she tasted death. Her favorite motto was: ¡Viva la vida! (Long live life!) Back matter includes excerpts from Frida's diary and letters, a prose biography, a chronology of the artist's life, a glossary of Spanish words, sources, and notes. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
ND259 .K33 B47 2007
Publication Date:
2008




Diego: Bigger Than Life
by Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.

Pura Belpre Author Honor
Call Number:
ND259 .R5 B47 2009
Publication Date:
2010

Culture:
Latino




My Name is Gabito
by Brown, Monica

9780873589086Monica Brown; Raúl Colón (Illustrator)My Name Is Gabito/Me Llamo Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez/la Vida de Gabriel Garcia MarquezCan you imagine a shipwrecked sailor living on air and seaweed for eight days? Can you imagine a trail of yellow butterflies fluttering their wings to songs of love? Once, there was a little boy named Gabito who could. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is perhaps one of the most brilliant writers of our time. He is a tremendous figure, enormously talented, and unabashedly admired. This is his story, lovingly told, for children to enjoy. Using the imagery from his novels, Monica Brown traces the novelist's life in this creative nonfiction picture book from his childhood in Colombia to today. This is an inspiring story about an inspiring life, full of imagination and beauty. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ8180.17 .A73 Z613 2007B
Publication Date:
2008




Tequila Worm, The
by Canales, Viola

9780385746748Viola CanalesThe Tequila WormSofia comes from a family of storytellers. Here are her tales of growing up in the barrio in McAllen, Texas, full of the magic and mystery of family traditions: making Easter cascarones, celebrating el Dia de los Muertos, preparing for quinceañera, rejoicing in the Christmas nacimiento, and curing homesickness by eating the tequila worm. When Sofia is singled out to receive a scholarship to boarding school, she longs to explore life beyond the barrio, even though it means leaving her family to navigate a strange world of rich, privileged kids. It's a different mundo, but one where Sofia's traditions take on new meaning and illuminate her path. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7.C161643 TE 2005
Publication Date:
2006







First Day in Grapes
by Casilla, Robert

9781584300458L. King Pérez; Robert Casilla (Illustrator)First Day in GrapesAll year long Chico and his family move up and down the state of California picking fruits and vegetables. Every September they pick grapes and Chico starts at a new school again. Often other children pick on him--maybe because he is always new or maybe because he speaks Spanish sometimes. Chico's first day in third grade turns out to be different. His teacher likes him right away, and she and his classmates are quick to recognize his excellent math skills. He may even get to go to the math fair When the fourth-grade bullies confront Chico in the lunchroom, he responds wisely with strengths of his own. Readers of all backgrounds will relate to Chico's bravery and the creative way he finds to resolve conflict. This story of personal triumph is a testament to the inner strength in all of us. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .P4256 FI 2002
Publication Date:
2004










Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart
by Colón, Raul

9780375823374Pat Mora; Raúl Colón (Illustrator)Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big HeartDoña Flor is a giant woman who lives in a puebla with lots of families. She loves her neighbors-she lets the children use her flowers for trumpets, and the families use her leftover tortillas for rafts. So when a huge puma is terrifying the village, of course Flor is the one to investigate. Featuring Spanish words and phrases throughout, as well as a glossary, Pat Mora's story, along with Raúl Colón's glorious artwork, makes this a treat for any reader, tall or small. Award-winning author Pat Mora's previous book with Raúl Colón, Tomás and the Library Lady, received the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, an IRA Teacher's Choice Award, a Skipping Stones Award, and was also named a Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List title and an Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature commended title. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7.M78819 DON 2005
Publication Date:
2006




Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale
by Deedy, Carmen Agra

9781561453993Carmen Agra Deedy; Michael Austin (Illustrator)Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban FolktaleMartina the beautiful cockroach doesn't know coffee beans about love and marriage. That's where her Cuban family comes in. While some of the Cucarachas offer her gifts to make her more attractive, only Abuela, her grandmother, gives her something really useful: un consejo increíble, some shocking advice. At first, Martina is skeptical of her Abuela's unorthodox suggestion, but when suitor after suitor fails the Coffee Test, she wonders if a little green cockroach can ever find true love. Soon, only the gardener Pérez, a tiny brown mouse, is left. But what will happen when Martina offers him café cubano? After reading this sweet and witty retelling of the Cuban folktale, readers will never look at a cockroach the same way again. Also in Spanish and audio, Carmen Agra Deedy delivers a deliciously inventive Cuban version of the beloved Martina folktale, complete with a dash of café cubano. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ8.1.D3782 MAR 2007
Publication Date:
2008




Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games
by Delacre, Lulu

9781584301592Lulu Delacre (Illustrator, Compiled by)Arrorro Mi Nino: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games Arrorró, mi niño - Hush-a-bye, my child It's time to go to bed, and what better way to lull your child to sleep than with a tender song or gentle game? In this beautiful collection of classic Latino lullabies and games, mothers and children happily embrace and treasure their traditions while sharing the universal joy of the special bond between parent and child. Arrorró, mi niño , Lulu Delacre's loving tribute to Latinos from all walks of American life, is sure to become a favorite with everyone who has a precious little child to love, cuddle, and sing to. Both the Spanish and English versions can easily be sung with the melodies at the back of the book. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ74.3 .A77 2004
Publication Date:
2006







César:¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can!
by Diaz, David

9780761451723Carmen T. Bernier-Grand; David Diaz (Illustrator)Cesar: Si, Se Puede! Yes, We Can!Born in 1927 in Yuma, Arizona, César Chavez lived the hard-scrabble life of a migrant worker during the Depression. Although his mother wanted him to get an education, César left school after eighth grade to work. He grew to be a charismatic leader and founded the National Farm Workers Association, an organization that fought for basic rights for farm workers. In powerful poems and dramatic stylized illustrations, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and David Díaz pay tribute to Chavez's legacy helping migrant workers improve their lives by doing things by themselves for themselves. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3602 .E7624 C47 2004
Publication Date:
2006







Poet Slave of Cuba: Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano
by Engle, Margarita

9780805077063Margarita Engle; Sean Qualls (Illustrator)The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet. Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him call her Mama, even though he had a mama of his own. Denied an education, young Juan still showed an exceptional talent for poetry. His verses reflect the beauty of his world, but they also expose its hideous cruelty. Powerful, haunting poems and breathtaking illustrations create a portrait of a life in which even the pain of slavery could not extinguish the capacity for hope. The Poet Slave of Cuba is the winner of the 2008 Pura Belpre Medal for Narrative and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. Latino Interest. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS2555 .N4254 P64 2006
Publication Date:
2008
















Chato and the Party Animals
by Guevara, Susan

9780399231599Gary Soto; Susan Guevara (Illustrator)Chato and the Party AnimalsChato, the coolest cat in el barrio, loves to party--but not his best buddy, Novio Boy. Birthday parties always make him blue. "I'm from the pound," he tells Chato. "I don't know when I was born. I never knew my mami. I never even had a birthday party, or nothing."So Chato plans the coolest surprise party for Novio Boy, inviting all of el barrio, and cooking up a storm. But he forgets the most important thing--inviting Novio Boy! Luckily, just as everyone starts remembering all the things they used to love about their long-lost friend, the birthday boy arrives with his own surprise--himself! In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called Chato's Kitchen "Wickedly funny...Guevara's cats are delicious send-ups of barrio characters, and Soto's words glisten with wit. Salud to this magical pairing of talents." - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .S7242 CJ 2000
Publication Date:
2002







Laughing Out Loud, I Fly: Poems in English and Spanish
by Herrera, Juan Felipe

9780060276041Karen Barbour (Illustrator); Juan Felipe HerreraLaughing Out Loud, I Fly: Poems in English and SpanishFrom U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, one of the most prominent Chicano poets writing today, here are poems like sweet music. Awarded the Pura Belpré Honor for this book, Herrera writes in both Spanish and English about the joy and laughter and sometimes the confusion of growing up in an upside-down, jumbled-up world--between two cultures, two homes. With a crazy maraca beat, Herrera creates poetry as rich and vibrant as mole de olé and pineapple tamales...an aroma of papaya...a clear soup with strong garlic, so you will grow, not disappear. Herrera's words are hot and peppery, and good for you. They show us what it means to laugh out loud until it feels like flying. Juan Felipe Herrera's vibrant poems dance across these pages in a dazzling explosion of two languages, English and Spanish. Skillfully crafted, beautiful, joyful, fun, the poems are paired with whimsical black-and-white drawings by Karen Barbour. The resulting collage fills the soul and celebrates a life lived between two cultures. Laughing out loud, I fly, toward the good things, to catch Mamá Lucha on the sidewalk, afterschool, waiting for the green-striped bus, on the side of the neighborhood store, next to almonds, José's tiny wooden mule, the wise boy from San Diego, teeth split apart, like mine in the coppery afternoon . . . - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3558 .E74 L38 1998
Publication Date:
2000







Breaking Through
by Jiménez, Francisco

9780618011735046442011730Francisco JiménezBreaking ThroughAt the age of fourteen, Francisco Jiménez, together with his older brother Roberto and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home in California, the entire family travels all night for twenty hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow during the late 1950s-early 1960s, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sister not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice. How they sustain their hope, their good-heartedness, and tenacityis revealed in this moving, Pura Belpré Honor-winning sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jiménez finishes telling the story of his youth. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .J57525 BR 2001
Publication Date:
2002




My Abuelita
by Johnston, Tony

Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor
Call Number:
PZ7 .J6478 MW 2009
Publication Date:
2010

Culture:
Latino




Federico Garcia Lorca
by Lazaro, Georgina

Pura Belpre Author Honor
Call Number:
PQ6613 .A76 Z736 2009
Publication Date:
2010













Parrot in the Oven: mi vida
by Martinez, Victor

9780060267063Victor Martinez (As told to)Parrot in the OvenPerico, or parrot, was what Dad called me sometimes. It was from a Mexican saying about a parrot that complains how hot it is in the shade, while all along he's sitting inside an oven and doesn't know it . . . For Manuel Hernandez, the year leading up to his test of courage, his initiation into a gang, is a time filled with the pain and tension, awkwardness and excitement of growing up in a crazy world. His dad spend most of his time and money at the local pool hall; his brother flips through jobs like a thumb through a deck of cards; and his mom never stops cleaning the house, as though one day the rooms will be so spotless they'll disappear into a sparkle, and she'll be free.Manny's dad is always saying that people are like money'there are million-and thousands-and hundred-dollar people out there, and to him, Manny is just a penny. But Manny wants to be more than a penny, smarter than the parrot in the oven. He wants to find out what it means to be a vato firme, a guy to respect.In this beautifully written novel, Victor Martinez gives readers a vivid portrait of one Mexican-American boy's life. Manny's story is like a full -color home movie'sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always intensely original.For Manuel Hernandez, the year leading up to his test of courage, his initiation into a gang, is a time filled with the pain and tension, awkwardness and excitement of growing up in a mixed-up, crazy world.Manny' s dad is always calling him el perico, or parrot. It' s from a Mexican saying about a parrot that complains how hot it is in the shade while all along he' s sitting inside the oven and doesn' t know it. But Manny wants to be smarter than theparrot in the oven--he wants to find out what it means to be a vato firme, a guy to respect. From an exciting new voice in Chicano literature, this is a beautifully written, vivid portrait of one Mexican-American boy' s life. 1998 Pura Belpre Author Award1996 Americas Award for Children' s and Young Adult Literature1997 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)1996 National Book Award for Young People' s Literature - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7.M36718 PAR 1996
Publication Date:
1998










Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass
by Medina, Meg

9780763658595Meg MedinaYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your AssWinner of the 2014 Pura Belpr#65533; Author Award In Meg Medina's compelling new novel, a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school -- and must discover resources she never knew she had. One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she's done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn't Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn't kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she's never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy's life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away? In an all-too-realistic novel, Meg Medina portrays a sympathetic heroine who is forced to decide who she really is. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3613 .E338 Y37 2013
Publication Date:
2014




Los Gatos Black on Halloween
by Montes, Marisa

9780805074291Marisa Montes; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)Los Gatos Black on Halloween Follow los monstruos and los esqueletos to the Halloween party Under October's luna , full and bright, the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall. Las brujas come on their broomsticks. Los muertos rise from their coffins to join in the fun. Los esqueletos rattle their bones as they dance through the door. And the scariest creatures of all aren't even there yet! This lively bilingual Halloween poem introduces young readers to a spooky array of Spanish words that will open their ojos to the chilling delights of the season. Los Gatos Black on Halloween is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year, the winner of the 2008 Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration and a Pura Belpre Honor Book for Narrative. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ8.3.M775 GAT 2006
Publication Date:
2008




Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day
by Mora, Pat

Pura Belpre Illustrator Award. Bilingual picture book.
Call Number:
PZ73 .M635 2008
Publication Date:
2010

Culture:
Latino




Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart
by Mora, Pat

9780375823374Pat Mora; Raúl Colón (Illustrator)Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big HeartDoña Flor is a giant woman who lives in a puebla with lots of families. She loves her neighbors-she lets the children use her flowers for trumpets, and the families use her leftover tortillas for rafts. So when a huge puma is terrifying the village, of course Flor is the one to investigate. Featuring Spanish words and phrases throughout, as well as a glossary, Pat Mora's story, along with Raúl Colón's glorious artwork, makes this a treat for any reader, tall or small. Award-winning author Pat Mora's previous book with Raúl Colón, Tomás and the Library Lady, received the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, an IRA Teacher's Choice Award, a Skipping Stones Award, and was also named a Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List title and an Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature commended title. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .A178819 Don 2005
Publication Date:
2006




Gracias Thanks
by Mora, Pat

Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor
Call Number:
PZ73 .M6363 2009
Publication Date:
2010

Culture:
Latino




Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
by Morales, Yuyi

9780152014377Kathleen Krull; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive. Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that--maybe--he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened. An author's note provides historical context for the story of Cesar Chavez's life. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
HD6509 .C48 K78 2003
Publication Date:
2004




Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Cunning Book
by Morales, Yuyi

9780811837583765145101349Yuyi MoralesJust a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting BookIn 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's just the start! Using both Spanish and English words to tally the party preparations, Grandma Beetle cleverly delays her trip and spends her birthday with a table full of grandchildren andher surprise guest. This spirited tribute to the rich traditions of Mexican culture is the perfect introduction to counting in both English and Spanish. The vivacious illustrations and universal depiction of a family celebration are sure to be adored by young readers everywhere. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ8.1 .M7955 JU 2003
Publication Date:
2004




Just in Case
by Morales, Yuyi

9781596433298Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet BookTHREE-TIME PURA BELPRÃ% WINNER Yuyi Morales takes us on a new journey with Señor Calvera, the skeleton from Day of the Dead celebrations. Señor Calvera is worried. He can't figure out what to give Grandma Beetle for her birthday. Misunderstanding the advice of Zelmiro the Ghost, Señor Calvera decides not to get her one gift, but instead one gift for every letter of the alphabet, just in case. Una Acordéon: An accordion for her to dance to. Bigotes: A mustache because she has none. Cosquillas: Tickles to make her laugh...only to find out at the end of the alphabet that the best gift of all is seeing her friends. Morales's art glows in this heart-warming original tale with folklore themes, a companion book to her Pura Belpré-winning JUST A MINUTE. Just In Case is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year, the winner of the 2009 Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration and a Pura Belpre Honor Book for Narrative. Latino Interest. In English with Spanish vocabulary. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .M7881927 JU 2008
Publication Date:
2009










The Dreamer
by Ryan, Pam Muñoz

9780439269704Pam Muñoz Ryan; Peter Sís (Illustrator)The DreamerPura Belpré Award Winner A tender, transcendent, and meticulously crafted novel from Newbery Honoree, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and three-time Caldecott Honoree, Peter Sís! From the time he is a young boy, Neftalí hears the call of a mysterious voice. Even when the neighborhood children taunt him, and when his harsh, authoritarian father ridicules him, and when he doubts himself, Neftalí knows he cannot ignore the call. He listens and follows as it leads him under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain on an inspiring voyage of self-discovery that will transform his life and, ultimately, the world. Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction, and transporting illustrations, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís take readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination as they explore the inspiring early life of the poet who became Pablo Neruda. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7.R9553 DR 2010
Publication Date:
2011




Becoming Naomi León
by Ryan, Pat Muñoz

9780439269698Pam Muñoz RyanBecoming Naomi LeonThe highly anticipated new novel from the Pura Belpre and Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author of ESPERANZA RISING. Naomi Soledad Le#65533;n Outlaw has had a lot to contend with in her young life, her name for one. Then there are her clothes (sewn in polyester by Gram), her difficulty speaking up, & her status at school as "nobody special." But according to Gram's self-prophecies, most problems can be overcome with positive thinking. Luckily, Naomi also has her carving to strengthen her spirit. And life with Gram & her little brother, Owen, is happy & peaceful. That is, until their mother reappears after 7 years of being gone, stirring up all sorts of questions & challenging Naomi to discover who she really is. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7.R9553 BE 2004
Publication Date:
2006




Esperanza Rising
by Ryan, Pat Muñoz

9780439120418Pam Muñoz RyanEsperanza RisingPura Belpré Award Winner IRA Notable Book for a Global Society New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7.R9553 ES 2000
Publication Date:
2002




Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Sáenz, Benjamin Alire

9781442408920Benjamin Alire Sáenz; Mark Brabant (Cover Design by)Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseA lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship--the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
LEISURE READING FICTION SAE
Publication Date:
2013




Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert
by Schmidt, Gary D

9780547612188Gary D. Schmidt; David Diaz (Illustrator)Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert2013 Pura Belpre Award for Illustration As the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a former slave, Martin de Porres was born into extreme poverty. Even so, his mother begged the church fathers to allow him into the priesthood. Instead, Martin was accepted as a servant boy. But soon, the young man was performing miracles. Rumors began to fly around the city of a strange mulatto boy with healing hands, who gave first to the people of the barrios . Martin continued to serve in the church, until he was finally received by the Dominican Order, no longer called the worthless son of a slave, but rather a saint and the rose in the desert. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
BX4700 .M397 S46 2012
Publication Date:
2013










Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
by Tonatiuh, Duncan

9780810997318Duncan TonatiuhDiego Rivera: His World and OursThis charming book introduces one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century, Diego Rivera, to young readers. It tells the story of Diego as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world. Duncan Tonatiuh also prompts readers to think about what Diego would paint today. Just as Diego's murals depicted great historical events in Mexican culture or celebrated native peoples, if Diego were painting today, what would his artwork depict? How would his paintings reflect today's culture? Diego Rivera: His World and Ours is a wonderful introduction to this great artist. Praise for Diego Rivera « "By establishing a link between modern readers and Rivera and challenging them to "make our own murals," the author makes art both aspiration and action. Both solid introduction and exhortation, this book will thrill budding artists." - Kirkus Reviews , starred review "Kids will want to talk about the great painter, and young artists will find inspiration for their own creations." - Booklist - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
ND259 .R5 T57 2011
Publication Date:
2012




Grandma's Gift
by Velasquez, Eric

9780802720825Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)Grandma's GiftThis prequel to Eric Velasquez's biographical picture book Grandma's Records is the story of a Christmas holiday that young Eric spends with his grandmother. After they prepare their traditional Puerto Rican celebration, Eric and Grandma visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a school project, where he sees a painting by Diego Velasquez and realizes for the first time that he could be an artist when he grows up. Grandma witnesses his fascination, and presents Eric with the perfect Christmas gift-a sketchbook and colored pencils-to use in his first steps toward becoming an artist. A heartwarming story of self-discovery, Grandma's Gift is a celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .V4878 GPN 2010
Publication Date:
2011









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The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA Affiliate.
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