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Best & Brightest Children's Spanish Books of 2020

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This Best & Brightest list was created by Denver Public Library staff to celebrate our favorite recently published Spanish books. Enjoy!

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La tortuga de la estrella
Blanco, Cecilia, 1963- author.
3rd grade & up. “A sea turtle returns to a beach time and again. Three generations have been watching her over time: a young man who now is a grandfather, his son, and his granddaughter.” --From the publisher. In this three-part, illustrated, fable-like story, well-placed text and vibrantly colored illustrations bolster the storytelling form to explore humanity’s environmental impact. The vibrantly colored illustrations use collage-like elements to add gentle layers to the nuanced island landscape that slowly emerges from sand and sky.
Sharuko: El arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello = Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello
Brown, Monica, 1969- author.
1st-6th grade. “A fascinating bilingual picture book biography of Peruvian archaeologist and national icon Julio C. Tello, who unearthed Peru's ancient cultures and fostered pride in the country's Indigenous history. Over his lifetime, Julio Tello made many revolutionary discoveries at archaeological sites around Peru, and he worked to preserve the historical treasures he excavated. He showed that Peru's Indigenous cultures had been established thousands of years ago, disproving the popular belief that Peruvian culture had been introduced more recently from other countries. He fostered pride in his country's Indigenous ancestry, making him a hero to all Peruvians.” --From the publisher. Written by the daughter of a Peruvian immigrant, this bilingual nonfiction picture book combines informative, engaging text and supportive back matter, including a map and creator notes, making it an excellent choice for classroom use. Painterly illustrations highlight the country’s beauty and extol Tello’s contributions to global knowledge and appreciation of Peru’s Indigenous peoples.
La Oruga Impaciente
Burach, Ross, author, illustrator.
Preschool-3rd grade. “This clever send-up of every child's biggest challenge -- being patient! -- is a STEM-friendly, comedy about metamorphosis. Ross Burach's hilarious, tongue-in-cheek exploration of metamorphosis will make you flutter with glee, while also providing real facts about how caterpillars transform into butterflies.” --From the publisher. This excellent translation brings Oruga’s struggles with patience to life in a hilariously relatable fashion. Cartoonish illustrations with exaggerated, expressive characters, and text in large speech bubbles create both an entertaining and informative reading experience. Use this compelling read aloud title to jump-start a conversation about metamorphosis and animal life cycles.
Carteras y carteros
Caracolino, author.
Birth-Toddler. In this Spanish sing-along book series, meet character Rafa the Giraffe, and mail carriers delivering letters all over the world. Little ones will love reading and singing about adventures from the Savanna to Portugal and Senegal! Readers can listen along with the QR code included at the back of the books. —Summary by DPL Staff. The Canta Libro board book series invites caregivers and little ones to sing along with easy-to-learn original melodies by musical artist Caracolino. The soft, soothing and cheerful illustrations pair beautifully with the rhythmic, repetitive lyrics. Whimsical characters and simple plot lines make these titles perfect for babies and toddlers.
La jirafa rafa
Caracolino, author.
Birth-Toddler. In this Spanish sing-along book series, meet character Rafa the Giraffe, and mail carriers delivering letters all over the world. Little ones will love reading and singing about adventures from the Savanna to Portugal and Senegal! Readers can listen along with the QR code included at the back of the books. —Summary by DPL Staff. The Canta Libro board book series invites caregivers and little ones to sing along with easy-to-learn original melodies by musical artist Caracolino. The soft, soothing and cheerful illustrations pair beautifully with the rhythmic, repetitive lyrics. Whimsical characters and simple plot lines make these titles perfect for babies and toddlers.
¡A dormir, gatitos!
Castro Urío, Bàrbara, 1978- author, illustrator.
Birth-Toddler. “In this book there is an empty house. The red kitten is the first to arrive. One by one, kittens fill every room. When the last kitten arrives, it's time to go to bed. Windows light up, eyes close…” --From the publisher. This book is definitely the cat’s meow! A colorful cast of twelve adorable cats says goodnight in this beautifully designed and interactive board book that makes great use of die-cuts, alternating colors and negative space. Brief, well-placed text is effective, and the small, die-cut squares are perfect for tiny fingers to grab and pull.
Mis amigos son ciegos
Chang, Kirsten, 1991- author.
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “Jay reads Braille. Sam uses a wheelchair. Ben has Down syndrome. In this series, young readers can learn more about how to be a good friend to friends with different capabilities and conditions. Carefully leveled text and vibrant, full-color photos support beginning readers and make reading informational text easy and fun. Includes a picture glossary, photo labels, and index.” --From the publisher. Celebrating friendships across the spectrum of physical ability and neurodiversity, the Todo tipo de amigos (All Kinds of Friends) series features captivating color photographs of children with a variety of skin tones and hair colors/textures. As with other nonfiction Bullfrog Books titles, intentional word repetition and generous white space are used to support developing readers.
Mis amigos son sordos
Chang, Kirsten, 1991- author.
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “Jay reads Braille. Sam uses a wheelchair. Ben has Down syndrome. In this series, young readers can learn more about how to be a good friend to friends with different capabilities and conditions. Carefully leveled text and vibrant, full-color photos support beginning readers and make reading informational text easy and fun. Includes a picture glossary, photo labels, and index.” --From the publisher. Celebrating friendships across the spectrum of physical ability and neurodiversity, the Todo tipo de amigos (All Kinds of Friends) series features captivating color photographs of children with a variety of skin tones and hair colors/textures. As with other nonfiction Bullfrog Books titles, intentional word repetition and generous white space are used to support developing readers.
Mis amigos usan sillas de ruedas
Chang, Kirsten, 1991- author.
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “Jay reads Braille. Sam uses a wheelchair. Ben has Down syndrome. In this series, young readers can learn more about how to be a good friend to friends with different capabilities and conditions. Carefully leveled text and vibrant, full-color photos support beginning readers and make reading informational text easy and fun. Includes a picture glossary, photo labels, and index.” --From the publisher. Celebrating friendships across the spectrum of physical ability and neurodiversity, the Todo tipo de amigos (All Kinds of Friends) series features captivating color photographs of children with a variety of skin tones and hair colors/textures. As with other nonfiction Bullfrog Books titles, intentional word repetition and generous white space are used to support developing readers.
Mis amigos tienen autismo
Duling, Kaitlyn, author.
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “Jay reads Braille. Sam uses a wheelchair. Ben has Down syndrome. In this series, young readers can learn more about how to be a good friend to friends with different capabilities and conditions. Carefully leveled text and vibrant, full-color photos support beginning readers and make reading informational text easy and fun. Includes a picture glossary, photo labels, and index.” --From the publisher. Celebrating friendships across the spectrum of physical ability and neurodiversity, the Todo tipo de amigos (All Kinds of Friends) series features captivating color photographs of children with a variety of skin tones and hair colors/textures. As with other nonfiction Bullfrog Books titles, intentional word repetition and generous white space are used to support developing readers.
Mis amigos tienen síndrome de Down
Duling, Kaitlyn, author.
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “Jay reads Braille. Sam uses a wheelchair. Ben has Down syndrome. In this series, young readers can learn more about how to be a good friend to friends with different capabilities and conditions. Carefully leveled text and vibrant, full-color photos support beginning readers and make reading informational text easy and fun. Includes a picture glossary, photo labels, and index.” --From the publisher. Celebrating friendships across the spectrum of physical ability and neurodiversity, the Todo tipo de amigos (All Kinds of Friends) series features captivating color photographs of children with a variety of skin tones and hair colors/textures. As with other nonfiction Bullfrog Books titles, intentional word repetition and generous white space are used to support developing readers.
Mis amigos usan aparatos ortopédicos
Duling, Kaitlyn, author.
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “Jay reads Braille. Sam uses a wheelchair. Ben has Down syndrome. In this series, young readers can learn more about how to be a good friend to friends with different capabilities and conditions. Carefully leveled text and vibrant, full-color photos support beginning readers and make reading informational text easy and fun. Includes a picture glossary, photo labels, and index.” --From the publisher. Celebrating friendships across the spectrum of physical ability and neurodiversity, the Todo tipo de amigos (All Kinds of Friends) series features captivating color photographs of children with a variety of skin tones and hair colors/textures. As with other nonfiction Bullfrog Books titles, intentional word repetition and generous white space are used to support developing readers.
My Shoes And I: Crossing Three Borders
Colato Laínez, René, author.
2nd-5th grade. “René—with his new shoes—and his father set off on the long journey to meet his mother in the United States. He says goodbye to his friends in El Salvador, and “Uno, dos, tres, my shoes and I are ready to go.” The trip is difficult. They take buses and walk across El Salvador, into Guatemala and then into Mexico. His brand-new shoes lose their shine, turning dirty and gray… When holes appear on the soles of his shoes, his father won’t let him give up. ‘René, my strong boy, we want to be with Mamá.’” --From the publisher. This bilingual #ownvoices picture book is an insightful look at the author’s challenging journey immigrating from El Salvador to the United States. Featuring short, repetitive sentences and running metaphors, the text is accompanied by boldly illustrated landscapes utilizing a rainbow of colors. Use this book as a discussion starter at home or in the classroom.
El ataque de los murciélagos
Dahl, Michael, author.
4th-6th grade. “Meet the mysterious Librarian. Keeper of the world's most dangerous books, sworn enemy of monsters made of paper and ink, crusader of young people threatened by ancient curses. Enter the Library of Doom, where the Librarian's exploits merge heart-pounding tales with startling artwork.” --From the publisher. Suspenseful and page-turning, the La biblioteca maldita (Library of Doom) chapter book series features short chapters paired with graphic novel-like artwork that cleverly utilizes shadow and light to heighten tension. The high interest, dramatic plots provide compelling fodder for developing readers to hone comprehension skills. All titles include back matter to continue the adventure.
El ataque del papiro
Dahl, Michael, author.
4th-6th grade. “Meet the mysterious Librarian. Keeper of the world's most dangerous books, sworn enemy of monsters made of paper and ink, crusader of young people threatened by ancient curses. Enter the Library of Doom, where the Librarian's exploits merge heart-pounding tales with startling artwork.” --From the publisher. Suspenseful and page-turning, the La biblioteca maldita (Library of Doom) chapter book series features short chapters paired with graphic novel-like artwork that cleverly utilizes shadow and light to heighten tension. The high interest, dramatic plots provide compelling fodder for developing readers to hone comprehension skills. All titles include back matter to continue the adventure.
La bestia de las escaleras
Dahl, Michael, author.
4th-6th grade. “Meet the mysterious Librarian. Keeper of the world's most dangerous books, sworn enemy of monsters made of paper and ink, crusader of young people threatened by ancient curses. Enter the Library of Doom, where the Librarian's exploits merge heart-pounding tales with startling artwork.” --From the publisher. Suspenseful and page-turning, the La biblioteca maldita (Library of Doom) chapter book series features short chapters paired with graphic novel-like artwork that cleverly utilizes shadow and light to heighten tension. The high interest, dramatic plots provide compelling fodder for developing readers to hone comprehension skills. All titles include back matter to continue the adventure.
El libro sangrante
Dahl, Michael, author.
4th-6th grade. “Meet the mysterious Librarian. Keeper of the world's most dangerous books, sworn enemy of monsters made of paper and ink, crusader of young people threatened by ancient curses. Enter the Library of Doom, where the Librarian's exploits merge heart-pounding tales with startling artwork.” --From the publisher. Suspenseful and page-turning, the La biblioteca maldita (Library of Doom) chapter book series features short chapters paired with graphic novel-like artwork that cleverly utilizes shadow and light to heighten tension. The high interest, dramatic plots provide compelling fodder for developing readers to hone comprehension skills. All titles include back matter to continue the adventure.
El ojo del cementerio
Dahl, Michael, author.
4th-6th grade. “Meet the mysterious Librarian. Keeper of the world's most dangerous books, sworn enemy of monsters made of paper and ink, crusader of young people threatened by ancient curses. Enter the Library of Doom, where the Librarian's exploits merge heart-pounding tales with startling artwork.” --From the publisher. Suspenseful and page-turning, the La biblioteca maldita (Library of Doom) chapter book series features short chapters paired with graphic novel-like artwork that cleverly utilizes shadow and light to heighten tension. The high interest, dramatic plots provide compelling fodder for developing readers to hone comprehension skills. All titles include back matter to continue the adventure.
Páginas envenenadas
Dahl, Michael, author.
4th-6th grade. “Meet the mysterious Librarian. Keeper of the world's most dangerous books, sworn enemy of monsters made of paper and ink, crusader of young people threatened by ancient curses. Enter the Library of Doom, where the Librarian's exploits merge heart-pounding tales with startling artwork.” --From the publisher. Suspenseful and page-turning, the La biblioteca maldita (Library of Doom) chapter book series features short chapters paired with graphic novel-like artwork that cleverly utilizes shadow and light to heighten tension. The high interest, dramatic plots provide compelling fodder for developing readers to hone comprehension skills. All titles include back matter to continue the adventure.
Mi abuela y yo
Dealey, Erin, author.
Preschool-3rd grade. No matter where they are or what they do, from fixing cars to going to the gym, singing loud, silly songs or catching bugs, these active fun-loving grandparents’ favorite thing to do is spend time and share the things they love with their precious grandchildren! --Summary by DPL Staff. These intergenerational picture books celebrate the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. Warm and inviting watercolor illustrations depict a diverse cast of characters engaging in familiar and fun activities together. Softly textured landscapes point to a wide range of international settings.
Mi abuelo y yo
Dealey, Erin, author.
Preschool-3rd grade. No matter where they are or what they do, from fixing cars to going to the gym, singing loud, silly songs or catching bugs, these active fun-loving grandparents’ favorite thing to do is spend time and share the things they love with their precious grandchildren! --Summary by DPL Staff. These intergenerational picture books celebrate the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. Warm and inviting watercolor illustrations depict a diverse cast of characters engaging in familiar and fun activities together. Softly textured landscapes point to a wide range of international settings.
Pipollito
Dedé, María Laura, author.
Birth-Toddler. “Pipollito’s beak and wings peek out of his shell...and Pipollito hatches from his egg to greet the world. What will he find? A book to read, explore and play with the littlest ones.” --From the publisher. As Pipollito the chick takes his first steps and words, caregivers and little ones are encouraged to imitate sounds and body movements in this playful board book. Gentle watercolor illustrations utilize a warm, cozy palette to highlight the little chick’s curiosity for the wondrous world around him.
El lémur soñador
Dicmas, Courtney, author.
Preschool-2nd grade. “In this crazy and colorful ode to dreamers, all the residents of 32 Pebbly Lane lead mostly unextraordinary lives...except for Luis the lemur. He's a sleepwalker! After his night-time antics cause mischief, his friends decide to follow him one night, with hilarious consequences.” --From the publisher. This interactive picture book about friendship and problem solving smoothly balances third-person narration and dialogue. The soft pastel illustrations use rounded lines and shapes to depict Luis’s expressive animal friends and their purple and blue nocturnal world. The whimsical illustrations and brief text make this story ripe for reading aloud.
Yasmin la chef
Faruqi, Saadia, author.
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.” --From the publisher. Each title in the #ownvoices Yasmin series presents the plucky protagonist in a new role, effectively showcasing her “go-getter” spirit, insatiable curiosity and warmth. Energetic, action-oriented language and expressive illustrations support developing readers. Back matter includes extension activities, including facts about Pakistan, Urdu vocabulary and craft activities.
Yasmin la exploradora
Faruqi, Saadia, author.
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.” --From the publisher. Each title in the #ownvoices Yasmin series presents the plucky protagonist in a new role, effectively showcasing her “go-getter” spirit, insatiable curiosity and warmth. Energetic, action-oriented language and expressive illustrations support developing readers. Back matter includes extension activities, including facts about Pakistan, Urdu vocabulary and craft activities.
Yasmin la fashionista
Faruqi, Saadia, author.
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.” --From the publisher. Each title in the #ownvoices Yasmin series presents the plucky protagonist in a new role, effectively showcasing her “go-getter” spirit, insatiable curiosity and warmth. Energetic, action-oriented language and expressive illustrations support developing readers. Back matter includes extension activities, including facts about Pakistan, Urdu vocabulary and craft activities.
Yasmin la guardiana del zoo
Faruqi, Saadia, author.
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.” --From the publisher. Each title in the #ownvoices Yasmin series presents the plucky protagonist in a new role, effectively showcasing her “go-getter” spirit, insatiable curiosity and warmth. Energetic, action-oriented language and expressive illustrations support developing readers. Back matter includes extension activities, including facts about Pakistan, Urdu vocabulary and craft activities.
Yasmin la maestra
Faruqi, Saadia, author.
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.” --From the publisher. Each title in the #ownvoices Yasmin series presents the plucky protagonist in a new role, effectively showcasing her “go-getter” spirit, insatiable curiosity and warmth. Energetic, action-oriented language and expressive illustrations support developing readers. Back matter includes extension activities, including facts about Pakistan, Urdu vocabulary and craft activities.
Yasmin la superheroína
Faruqi, Saadia, author.
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.” --From the publisher. Each title in the #ownvoices Yasmin series presents the plucky protagonist in a new role, effectively showcasing her “go-getter” spirit, insatiable curiosity and warmth. Energetic, action-oriented language and expressive illustrations support developing readers. Back matter includes extension activities, including facts about Pakistan, Urdu vocabulary and craft activities.
Ensalada
Font, Paula E., author.
Birth-Toddler, “Let’s Spend Time Together is a collection of three board books that encourage both children and adults to enjoy time together and engage children in daily activities at home. Let’s start by cooking together! This pull-the-tab series follows the baby-led weaning method (BLW).” --From the publisher. The interactive Let’s Spend Time Together series introduces the joys of cooking and healthy eating. Bold shapes and saturated colors shine a spotlight on ingredients and cookware for each of the titular recipes. The simple text folds in specific verbs, while the illustrations invite caregivers to extend the experience through observation and discussion.
Fruta
Font, Paula E., author.
Birth-Toddler, “Let’s Spend Time Together is a collection of three board books that encourage both children and adults to enjoy time together and engage children in daily activities at home. Let’s start by cooking together! This pull-the-tab series follows the baby-led weaning method (BLW).” --From the publisher. The interactive Let’s Spend Time Together series introduces the joys of cooking and healthy eating. Bold shapes and saturated colors shine a spotlight on ingredients and cookware for each of the titular recipes. The simple text folds in specific verbs, while the illustrations invite caregivers to extend the experience through observation and discussion.
Pasta
Font, Paula E., author.
Birth-Toddler, “Let’s Spend Time Together is a collection of three board books that encourage both children and adults to enjoy time together and engage children in daily activities at home. Let’s start by cooking together! This pull-the-tab series follows the baby-led weaning method (BLW).” --From the publisher. The interactive Let’s Spend Time Together series introduces the joys of cooking and healthy eating. Bold shapes and saturated colors shine a spotlight on ingredients and cookware for each of the titular recipes. The simple text folds in specific verbs, while the illustrations invite caregivers to extend the experience through observation and discussion.
Nina
Gimeno, Seta, author, illustrator.
Preschool & up. “An adorable dachshund describes her typical day, the things that she likes the most, and her loving family. For a tiny dog, she has a giant heart.” --From the publisher. Nina is a proud, no-nonsense pooch whose outsized confidence and spirit shines through as she narrates this gently humorous picture book. Detailed line work and smart color compositions stand out against crisp white pages. Share this picture book with fans of DiPucchio’s Antoinette and Zion’s Harry the Dirty Dog.
Call Me Tree = Llamame arbol
Gonzalez, Maya Christina, author.
Preschool-4th grade. “In this spare, lyrically written story, we join a child on a journey of self-discovery. Finding a way to grow from the inside out, just like a tree, the child develops as an individual comfortable in the natural world and in relationships with others.” --From the publisher. The readalong format allows readers to follow along with the text as they listen to the built-in audio recording of this bilingual picture book celebrating the connection between children and the natural world. The undulating rhythm of the rhyming text is mirrored by illustrations awash in soft, jewel-toned colors and swirling lines.
¡Corre, corre!
Guirao Jullien, Magdalena, 1961- author.
Toddler-Kindergarten. “Come on! Come on!” says the mum. But the child doesn’t understand why we are always in a hurry. We really don’t have time to kiss our cat before we leave home? Why can’t we stop running to see how a leaf is falling down from a tree?” --From the publisher. Competing narratives between mother (“iCorre, corre!”) and child (“Espera, mamá”) come alive in this funny picture book that encourages readers to enjoy one another’s company, even when they’re busy. Cartoonish illustrations with sharp, black lines humorously depict the complications of everyday routines before the pair can step outside into the neighborhood.
Todos iguales: Un corrido de Lemon Grove = All Equal : A Ballad Of Lemon Grove
Hale, Christy, author, illustrator.
3rd-7th grade. “This nonfiction bilingual picture book, written in both English and Spanish, tells the empowering story of The Lemon Grove Incident--a major victory in the battle against school segregation, and a testament to the tenacity of an immigrant community and its fight for equal rights.” --From the publisher. This bilingual nonfiction picture book from publisher Lee & Low highlights a specific victory in the fight for racial equality in education. Historical and cultural context are woven into the narrative text and informative back matter. Realistic painterly illustrations firmly establish the 1930 southern California setting. Includes music and lyrics for an original corrido.
Brasil
Hansen, Grace, author.
Preschool-2nd grade. “Worldly readers will learn about important cultural and geological features of six great countries. From the common foods people eat to exciting things to see and do, these books are jam-packed with information and great photographs. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.” --From the publisher. The Paises (Countries) series from Abdo Kids features exceptional translations and accessible information about various countries and cultures. Simple vocabulary and large, full-color photographs create a supportive experience for developing readers. Geographic location, history, food and art are some of the features highlighted in each book.
Egipto
Hansen, Grace, author.
Preschool-2nd grade. “Worldly readers will learn about important cultural and geological features of six great countries. From the common foods people eat to exciting things to see and do, these books are jam-packed with information and great photographs. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.” --From the publisher. The Paises (Countries) series from Abdo Kids features exceptional translations and accessible information about various countries and cultures. Simple vocabulary and large, full-color photographs create a supportive experience for developing readers. Geographic location, history, food and art are some of the features highlighted in each book.
Inglaterra
Hansen, Grace, author.
Preschool-2nd grade. “Worldly readers will learn about important cultural and geological features of six great countries. From the common foods people eat to exciting things to see and do, these books are jam-packed with information and great photographs. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.” --From the publisher. The Paises (Countries) series from Abdo Kids features exceptional translations and accessible information about various countries and cultures. Simple vocabulary and large, full-color photographs create a supportive experience for developing readers. Geographic location, history, food and art are some of the features highlighted in each book.
Japón
Hansen, Grace, author.
Preschool-2nd grade. “Worldly readers will learn about important cultural and geological features of six great countries. From the common foods people eat to exciting things to see and do, these books are jam-packed with information and great photographs. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.” --From the publisher. The Paises (Countries) series from Abdo Kids features exceptional translations and accessible information about various countries and cultures. Simple vocabulary and large, full-color photographs create a supportive experience for developing readers. Geographic location, history, food and art are some of the features highlighted in each book.
Mexico
Hansen, Grace, author.
Preschool-2nd grade. “Worldly readers will learn about important cultural and geological features of six great countries. From the common foods people eat to exciting things to see and do, these books are jam-packed with information and great photographs. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.” --From the publisher. The Paises (Countries) series from Abdo Kids features exceptional translations and accessible information about various countries and cultures. Simple vocabulary and large, full-color photographs create a supportive experience for developing readers. Geographic location, history, food and art are some of the features highlighted in each book.
Rusia
Hansen, Grace, author.
Preschool-2nd grade. “Worldly readers will learn about important cultural and geological features of six great countries. From the common foods people eat to exciting things to see and do, these books are jam-packed with information and great photographs. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.” --From the publisher. The Paises (Countries) series from Abdo Kids features exceptional translations and accessible information about various countries and cultures. Simple vocabulary and large, full-color photographs create a supportive experience for developing readers. Geographic location, history, food and art are some of the features highlighted in each book.
El halcón y la paloma
Kor, Paul, author. 1926-2001
Kindergarten-3rd grade. “The hawk is sad. He is tired of war. So, he changes his face and puts on gloves. Whoosh! He has become a gentle dove. And all around him, the world is at peace. No more cannon blasts. No more bombs. Planes turn into butterflies. Soldiers' guns sprout dazzling flowers. Everyone is joyful as a blanket of calm envelops the world. However, though happy now, the dove still worries. Will it last?” --From the publisher. Israeli painter and peace activist Paul Kor facilitates a difficult conversation in this visually stunning picture book inspired by the artwork of Henri Matisse. Half and full-page construction paper illustrations give readers contrasting views of war and peace, along with messages of hope.
¡Los zombis no comen verduras!
Lacera, Megan, author.
Preschool-4th grade. “Mo Romero is a zombie who loves nothing more than growing, cooking, and eating vegetables. Tomatoes? Tantalizing. Peppers? Pure perfection! The problem? Mo's parents insist that their niño eat only zombie cuisine, like arm-panadas and finger foods. They tell Mo over and over that zombies don't eat veggies. But Mo can't imagine a lifetime of just eating zombie food and giving up his veggies. As he questions his own zombie identity, Mo tries his best to convince his parents to give peas a chance.” --From the publisher. Filled with wordplay and hilarious hijinks, this laugh out loud picture book turns the classic picky eater storyline upside down. The cartoonish illustrations are rendered using edgy black line work filled in with wide swaths of purples, reds and greens. Use this crowd-pleasing book for a food or zombie-themed storytime.
Mi museo
Liu, Joanne, author, illustrator.
Preschool-3rd grade. “A young boy learns that art is all around us in this captivating picture book about a day at the museum. We all remember what it was like to be a child in a crowded art museum. It was hard to see, let alone appreciate the art. It got tiring. And there was so much else to look at! That’s the lesson of this ingeniously simple yet profound book about art. It is everywhere—from another visitor’s elaborate tattoos to the way the sun makes patterns of light on the floor.” --From the publisher. This wordless picture book encourages readers to develop narrative skills while letting their imagination soar. Vibrantly colored, mixed media illustrations draw whimsical parallels between museum artwork, and art created intentionally and unintentionally by a diverse crowd of museum goers. This immersive experience is sure to spark discussion and creativity.
El paseo
Lugones, Pablo, author.
Kindergarten & up. “On that day when my father asked me: ‘Prepared, Sweetie?’, I did not answer in time, and I left at full speed. The energy and love of a father helps a girl overcome her fear of riding a bike without training wheels, and a unique ride begins. During this long journey, the daughter reveals the sensations and emotions that she lives in her father's company, emotions that allow us to understand how, from one moment to another, everything can change.” --From the publisher. This moving and empowering picture book features a confident female protagonist in a story that explores the emotions that accompany the passage of time on the “road of life”. A quiet, page-turning dynamic is established as three generations bike from left to right across contemplative backgrounds.
Cien semillas que volaron
Martins, Isabel Minhós, author.
Preschool & up. “A tree is waiting, hopeful. What are you waiting for? The ideal day to release your seeds. The perfect day, the right day! That day arrives, but the adventure is just beginning. So...let's take account! How many seeds, of the hundred that went flying, will have landed in good condition? How many will birds eat? How many will end up at the bottom of a river? In the end, how many will become an adult tree?” --From the publisher. Woodblock print illustrations and poetic text combine to lend texture and life to this exciting picture book showcasing nature’s patience and resilience. Each two-page spread follows the path of 100 seeds, motivating readers to expand vocabulary and math skills while they witness the plenitude of seasons and habitats.
Lola busca su cola
Moscon, Lilith, 1984- author.
Birth-Toddler. “Lola is a confused snake. She gets so easily distracted that one day she thinks she has lost her tail. Help Lola find her tail, pulling the tabs one by one. Throughout this entertaining, interactive hunt, children will find all sorts of surprises--from yarn balls to an octopus. At the end, Lola realizes that her tail is actually part of her own body.” --From the publisher. Enticing pull tabs and amusing illustrations combine in this playful board book for the very young. The simple find-the-tail plot provides a compelling, age appropriate throughline, while the neon illustrations use a few thick brush strokes to create giggle-worthy, exaggerated facial expressions.
Sing With Me = Canta conmigo
Orozco, José-Luis, author.
Preschool-3rd grade. “Sing and read along to these six favorite preschool songs, in English and in Spanish, from beloved and bestselling recording artist, José-Luis Orozco! Come along and sing with me! Sing along to your child's favorite songs, from ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ to ‘The Wheels on the Bus!’ Accompanied by joyful, charming illustrations by Pura Belpré award winner Sara Palacios.” --From the publisher. Sing and clap along with six fun and educational preschool songs in this bilingual picture book, winner of the 2020 International Latino Book Award. The contagious songs are filled with natural word repetition and simple phrasing, making them easy to learn. Cheery, textured illustrations feature diverse children playing together around their neighborhood.
Di algo!
Reynolds, Peter H. (Peter Hamilton), 1961- author, illustrator.
Preschool-Kindergarten. “In this empowering new picture book, beloved author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and every day, have the chance to say something: with our actions, our words, and our voices. Perfect for kid activists everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voice. There are so many ways to tell the world who you are... what you are thinking... and what you believe. And how you'll make it better. The time is now: SAY SOMETHING!” --From the publisher. In simple, impactful vocabulary, this impeccably translated book empowers children to boldly express themselves in whatever manner they choose. Reynold’s signature color-saturated watercolor and ink illustrations and whimsically hand-lettered text in speech bubbles lovingly portray children with differing abilities and from diverse cultures speaking up and standing out.
Una gran familia
Roca, Elisenda, 1963- author.
Preschool-3rd grade. “Come along with us as we explore this great neighborhood filled with many kinds of families and crafts! Hi! I’m Violeta. I have a very mischievous dog named Cepillo. I am getting a party ready in our neighborhood with my friends. We have different families living in our neighborhood, but there is one thing that makes us similar: we all help and love each other. We are one great big family. Do you want to join us? By the way, did you see where Cepillo went to hide?” --From the publisher. This sweet, inclusive and heartwarming picture book celebrates different kinds of families. Accessible, inviting text and warm, cartoonish ink and watercolor illustrations feature adorably round-headed characters with a diverse range of skin tones. Readers will adore getting to know the whole neighborhood!
Rita bonita
Siemens, Sandra, author.
3rd grade & up. “Based on real events: in order to avoid rhino extinction in Java, a measure was taken to cut off rhino horns and thus end the greed of poachers that were killing the animals.” --From the publisher. Poetic, descriptive language and lush colored pencil drawings from an Argentinian author-illustrator team make this book an immersive, affecting and inspiring read. While the narrative is about endangered species, characters also learn to overcome their personal shortcomings.
El pan de la guerra: Una novela gráfica
Tanaka, Shelley, author.
5th grade & up. “Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father ― a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed ― works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for having forbidden books, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food. As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner.” --From the publisher. Based on the award-winning film The Breadwinner, which was in turn adapted from the novel by Deborah Ellis, this graphic novel set in Taliban-ruled Kabul is a gripping, emotional story of survival. Spare text and earth tone colors with splashes of fiery red deftly portray Parvana’s immense courage and determination.
¡Alerta! Un monstruo en la familia
Valenzuela, José Ignacio, 1972- author.
3rd grade & up. “Mauricio is your typical older brother: he thinks he deserves everything and that Max, his younger brother, is little more than a servant, and if he doesn’t like it, he had best face the consequences. One night, their parents went out to celebrate and they were left alone. The problem was that they were out of ice cream, so Max went to ask for some from their neighbor, a thin, pale, seemingly untrustworthy man. What he found in the neighbor’s house was a book of spells. Max knew what had to be done. Or maybe not…” --From the publisher. This entertaining and well-structured chapter book is sure to captivate readers with its fast-paced combination of humor and horror. The original Spanish text provides plenty of rich vocabulary learning opportunities, and the colorful illustrations offer a hilarious window into Max’s dire and rapidly deteriorating situation.

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