Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Previously on Bound: Celebrate Latino Books!

The original reason for the holiday may not be why any of us are partying at happy hour later, but it's still a great day to celebrate Mexican authors. I'd wager it would be nice to celebrate all Latino (Puerto Rican, Cuban, etc.) characters and author/illustrators, too. A source of mine says that a quarter of the children born in the U.S. today have Latino heritage, but less than 2% of characters in children's books (or TV) reflect that heritage! Hopefully that is changing.

Below is a list of great books for ages 0-14ish that celebrate Latino culture or characters, or the Spanish language (and not all Latinos speak Spanish, we know). Plus one book that mouseifies Cinco de Mayo.

My buddy, super writer/Wagging Tales blogger, Kimberly Baker, has a few suggestions, too, and those titles have a star by them, thanks, Kim!

Picture books
Chato's KitchenMañana IguanaBefore You Were Here, Mi AmorFrida
*"Chato's Kitchen" by Gary Soto, illustrations by Susan Guevara (one of Kim's faves)
"Mañana Iguana" by Ann Whitford Paul, illustrated by Ethan Long
"Before You Were Here, Mi Amor" by Samantha Vamos, illustrated by Santiago Cohen
"Frida" by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Ana Juan (one of my favorite authors + one of my favorite illustrators + amazing subject/person = awesomeness)

Gracias ThanksP is for PinataCinco de Mouse-oJust in Case
"Gracias - Thanks" by Pat Mora, illustrated by John Parra
"P is for Piñata" by Tony Johnston, illustrated by John Parra
"Cinco De Mouse-o!" by Judy Cox, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler (out today!)
"Just In Case" by Yuyi Morales

Middle grade
Poet Slave of CubaConfetti GirlReturn to Sender
"The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano" by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sean Qualls
*"Confetti Girl" by Diana Lopez
*"Return to Sender" by Julia Alvarez

How Tia Lola Came to Visit StayBecoming Naomi LeonEsperanza Rising
*"How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay" by Julia Alvarez
*"Becoming Naomi Leon" by Pam Muñoz Ryan
*"Esperanza Rising" by Pam Muñoz Ryan

The House on Mango StreetMexican WhiteboyTortilla SunThe Red Umbrella
"The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros (one of Kim's all-time favorite books)
"Mexican Whiteboy" by Matt de la Peña (another of Kim's favorites)
*"Tortilla Sun" by Jennifer Cervantes
*"The Red Umbrella" by Christina Gonzales (out next week)

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