Hispanic American Books for Kids: Link Round Up

Hispanic American Books for Kids: Link Round Up

I’m part of the Multicultural Kid Blogs Hispanic Heritage celebration where the MKB bloggers are sharing different ideas to celebrate Hispanic Heritage with kids.

There are now 52 million Hispanic families in the U.S. – making Hispanics the nation’s largest ethnic minority at 16.7% of the entire population.

Almost 50% of Hispanic households have children in the home, which is more than any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S.

Hispanics also make up 20% of U.S. families with children under the age of 6. from MediaPost

That’s a great reason to celebrate Hispanic Heritage no matter what your ethnicity, don’t you think?!

Today, I’m doing a round-up of Hispanic books for kids of all ages, from picture books to young adult. I’m sharing links from our group Pinterest board, Multicultural Books for Kids.

Follow PragmaticMom’s board Multicultural Books for Kids on Pinterest.

What books did I leave out? Please share!  

From Latin@s in KidLit: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonja Manzano The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano presents a genuine story of identity formation for a young Latina coming of age at a moment in U.S. history when Latinos are violently forced to assimilate into mainstream society or risk their lives by speaking up and challenging the discrimination they experience. [young adult, ages 12 and up]

From Vamos a Leer: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

Yuyi Morales’ books have exploded in popularity and serve as a good resource for Latino/a and Mexican culture. In this book, Niño, the main character, imagines himself to be a famous luchador. Popular figures in Mexican culture, luchadores are theatrical, professional wrestlers who compete with each other as part of a story setting with elaborate plots. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

From What Do We Do All Day?: Children’s Books for Hispanic Heritage Month What Do We Do All Day? From Latin@s in KidLit: Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

Tortilla Sun  by Jennifer Cervantes is a perfect middle grade novel. It is well-constructed, has all the required pieces, and that little extra something that keeps you thinking about the story long after you’ve read it. [chapter book, ages 9 and up]

From Babble: Top 10 Picture Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month picture books Hispanic Heritage month from Babble

From Vamos a Leer: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

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. [young adult, ages 13 and up]

From Latinas for Latino Lit: 20 Latino Books for Kids on Google Play 20 Latino Books for Kids on Google Play From Latinas for Latino Lit: 10 Latino Books for Tweens 10 Latino Books for Tweens From Latinas for Latino Lit: 10 Latino Books for Teens 10 Latino Books for Teens From Latinas for Latino Lit: 20 Books for Latino Boys 20 Books for Latino Boys My contribution: Top 10 Best Latino American Books for Kids Top 10 Hispanic American books for kids From All Done Monkey:  Children’s Books About Costa Rica Children's Books About Costa Rica From Latin@s in KidLit: 2014 Reading Challenge (28 great books for kids from ages 2 and  up) The Surrender Tree Margarita Engle From Latin@s in KidLit: Gabby Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

Since her mother has been deported to Honduras, Gaby must live with her father, who is ill-equipped to raise a sixth-grade girl. Gaby would much rather live with her best friend Alma and her family. Better yet would be if her mom were able to come back home, but this trip is expensive and dangerous. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]

From Vamos a Leer: Américas Award Winners In 2014, the winning title is Parrots Over Puerto Rico, illustrated by Susan Roth and co-authored by Susan Roth and Cindy Trombore, and published by Lee & Low Books. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

From Vamos a Leer: What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau

Fourteen-year-old Clara has never met her father’s parents. She knows he snuck over the border from Mexico as a teenager, but beyond that, she knows almost nothing about his childhood. When she agrees to go, she’s stunned by her grandparents’ life: they live in simple shacks in the mountains of southern Mexico, where most people speak not only Spanish, but an indigenous language, Mixteco. The village of Yucuyoo holds other surprises, too– like the spirit waterfall, which is heard but never seen. And Pedro, an intriguing young goatherder who wants to help Clara find the waterfall. Hearing her grandmother’s adventurous tales of growing up as a healer awakens Clara to the magic in Yucuyoo, and in her own soul. What The Moon Saw is an enchanting story of discovering your true self in the most unexpected place. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]



heritagemonthWelcome to the Third Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop, hosted this year by Multicultural Kid Blogs and 22 of our member blogs! Don’t miss our amazing giveaway, and share your own posts at our linky! Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 every year, “celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America” (from HispanicHeritageMonth.gov) Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs (listed below) and follow our related Pinterest boards:


MKB HHM Twitter PartyDon’t miss our Twitter party “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Kids,”

Tuesday, September 23, from 9 – 10 pm ET!

Follow #mkbhhm to participate!

MKB Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop: Participating Blogs

Multicultural Kid Blogs All Done Monkey Spanish Playground Kid World Citizen Mommy Maestra Inspired by Familia Entre Compras y El Hogar Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes Spanglish House Crafty Moms Share Toddling in the Fast Lane Mama Tortuga Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails Our Whole Village Changing Plate A Life With Subtitles Spanish Mama Pragmatic Mom Daria’s Music My Favorite Multicultural Books Trilingual Mama Mundo Lanugo The Good Long Road Ana & Zelli

Hispanic Heritage Month GIVEAWAY!

This year to celebrate we are giving away fabulous prizes! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post for a chance to win! Please note that there are shipping restrictions on some prizes. In the event that the winner lives outside of the shipping area, that portion of the prize will be added to the following prize package.

Grand Prize Package

Smart Play PadSmart Play Pad (SRP $ 24.99): Interactive tablet like electronic toy makes early learning fun and exciting for little ones. More than 30 touch sensitive keys teach language and pronunciation skills to help prepare children for school. Bilingual feature helps kids learn in English & Spanish. Lightweight and truly portable for on-the-go learning. Ships to US and Canada only. Traditional Mexican toys and games.

A basket of fun from Escuela Falcón in Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico. This prize includes educational games, ceramic Day of the Dead skulls, a hand-painted ceramic box, wooden toys, and a certificate for 5 hours of Skype Spanish lessons with Escuela Falcón. A basket from Lanugo that includes Lanugo’s new book, “Lula la Consentida,” a limited edition “Latino de Corazón” infant apparel, and Seventh Generation’s earth conscious baby product essentials. US shipping only. Spanish games for kids. A Spanish edition of the award-winning game Bananagrams.

DVD of Spanish music videos from Rockalingua.

DVD of Spanish music videos from Rockalingua. Bilingual poetry book from Lee and Low. Spanish poetry book for kids from Lee and Low. A Movie in my Pillow and Poems to Dream Together – Books of poetry in English and Spanish from Lee and Low.

First Prize Package

Peru prize basket - Kid World CitizenA child’s sweater and bag from Peru courtesy of Kid World Citizen. The handmade, wool sweater is typical from the Andes and might fit a child ages 2-4. The little backpack is also handmade with gorgeous details typical of the region. Spanish games for kids. A Spanish edition of the award-winning game Bananagrams. Spanish songs for kids.

Chocolalala – CD of songs in English and Spanish from Mister G.

Spanish songs for kids from Mariana Iranzi.Hola Hello – A CD of children’s songs in English and Spanish from Mariana Iranzi. Spanish poems for kids. Mis primeros poemas – A book of poems and audio CD for Spanish learners from All Bilingual Press. Spanish color activities from Mundo de Pepita. Digital download of Spanish Colors Activities Pack with printable minibooks, games and activity pages from Mundo de Pepita. Lingua ToysSpanish activity book with an audio CD with listening exercises for kids between 3-10 years old (value: 12€) from Lingua Toys. Bolivian GuiroHand-crafted guiro (traditional instrument), hand-carved from a gourd in Bolivia with a sun and moon pattern. Great instrument as well as a piece of folk art. From DARIAMUSIC. US shipping only.

Second Prize Package

Handwoven scarf from Nicaragua. Handwoven scarf from Nicaragua courtesy of Spanish Playground.

Spanish ABC book from Libros Arellano. Spanish book for kids from Libros Arellano. ¡Las letras! and Señorita Bienvenida en el aeropuerto – Two children’s books in Spanish from Libros Arellano. Spanish songs for kids from Mariana Iranzi. A CD of children’s songs in English and Spanish from Mariana Iranzi.

Children's songs in Spanish from Mister G. ABC Fiesta – CD of songs in English and Spanish from Mister G.

High frequency words books in Spanish. Digital download of 6 printable Spanish high frequency words books from Custom Literacy. Guatemala purse - Alarcon RestaurantsHand woven and leather Guatemala coin purse, a fun and vibrant gift. Given by www.AlarconRestaurants.com – from their Gift Gallery in Antigua Real Restaurant, Mukwonago WI. Bonus Prize: France Shipping Only! Las piñatas de LalyBeautiful piñata created especially for this contest by Piñatas de Laly. a Rafflecopter giveawayLink Up Your Posts Now it’s your turn to share your posts! The linky will be open through October 15, so come back and share throughout Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Hispanic American Books for Kids: Link Round Up

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Jim Westcott

    Great post, Mia. And I have to say, ”Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass” is a great book so far with one of the coolest book titles I’ve ever seen:)
    Nice job!
    Oh, and I am still putting together a list for teen struggling readers if you are still interested:) And congratulations on judging for the Cybils!

    • Hi Jim,
      I really need to get my hands on a copy of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. The cover art is great too and I really appreciate how the story is not idealized with a happy, pat ending but realistic about what really does or can happen when bullying happens at school. Yes, the school isn’t always able to deal with it!
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  2. What a wonder blog fest. Some of the books I’ve reviewed and others are ready to review.

    Have fun juding the Cybils! Have my nominations ready.
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  3. Although we lack diverse kid lit I am still amazed on how many wonderful Hispanic American children’s book are out there. I’ve made a list of the ones that we don’t have so we can look for them in the library or order them. Thank you!
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    • Hi Frances,
      Thanks so much! I agree that we don’t have enough diverse kid lit and when I thought about Hispanic Books for kids, I could not think of that many, especially if you break it down by genre. But in digging for every great resource I could find, there are many great ones that need highlighting. And as people realize how wonderful these authors are, they will hopefully shine the light for more to be published. At least, that’s what I am hoping. Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! We are celebrating with empanadas and books!!
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  4. Ann

    What a great resource! I love the illustrations on the downloadable songs.
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  5. What a great collection. I was hoping someone would do a book round-up!
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  6. Great round-up. Thanks for sharing. We can’t wait to check out some of these books.
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  7. This is such a great collection! Thanks for linking to others as well!
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