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Children's Books to Celebrate Día del niño

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April 30th is Día del niño / Día de los libros, a holiday with Mexican roots that celebrates children, reading, and cultural heritage. In its honor, we’ve put together some favorite books that celebrate childhood, #Ownvoices stories, a love of reading and the power of cultural heritage to strengthen families and communities.

Click here to discover all of the library's Día events and resources for families and learn more about the celebration's history. 

Ancestor Approved : Intertribal Stories For Kids
"Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride."--Publisher's description.
Once Upon An Eid : Stories Of Hope And Joy By 15 Muslim Voices
"Once upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it's waking up to the sound of frying samosas and simmering pistachio kheer, maybe it's the pleasure of putting on a new outfit for Eid prayers, or maybe it's the gift giving and holiday parties to come that day. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy. The anthology will also include a poem, graphic-novel chapter, and spot illustrations"-- Provided by publisher.
Bowwow Powwow : Bagosenjige-niimi'idim
Child, Brenda J., 1959- author.
"When Uncle and Windy Girl attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Uncle's stories inspire visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers--all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow."--Provided by publisher.
Milo Imagines The World
De la Peña, Matt, author.
While Milo and his sister travel to a detention center to visit their incarcerated mother, he observes strangers on the subway and draws what he imagines their lives to be.
J.d. And The Great Barber Battle
Dillard, J., author.
"Eight-year-old J.D. turns a tragic home haircut into a thriving barber business in this hilarious new illustrated chapter book series."--Publisher's description.
I Will Dance
Flood, Nancy Bo, author.
Eva's cerebral palsy makes it difficult for her to do many things, but she longs to dance and, finally, her dream is realized. Includes author's note and information about Young Dance Company.
My Colors, My World = Mis Colores, Mi Mundo
Gonzalez, Maya Christina.
Maya, who lives in the dusty desert, opens her eyes wide to find the colors in her world, from Papi's black hair and Mami's orange and purple flowers to Maya's red swing set and the fiery pink sunset.
Block Party
Hooks, Gwendolyn, author.
The neighborhood is having a block party and everyone is expected to bring food to share. Padma's mother decides to bring a pot of homemade soup, and Padma worries that her friends will not like it.
The Many Colors Of Harpreet Singh
Kelkar, Supriya, 1980- author.
"Harpreet Singh has a different color for every mood and occasion, from pink for dancing to bhangra beats to red for courage. He especially takes care with his patka--his turban--smoothing it out and making sure it always matches his outfit. But when Harpreet's mom finds a new job in a snowy city and they have to move, all he wants is to be invisible. Will he ever feel a happy sunny yellow again?"--Amazon.com.
Mindy Kim And The Yummy Seaweed Business
Lee, Lyla, author.
Mindy Kim wants to fit in at her new school, but her favorite lunch leads to scorn, then a thriving business, and finally big trouble.-- Provided by Publisher.
Show Me A Sign
LeZotte, Ann Clare, author.
It is 1805 and Mary Lambert has always felt safe among the deaf community of Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard where practically everyone communicates in a shared sign language, but recent events have shattered her life; her brother George has died, land disputes between English settlers and the Wampanoag people are becoming increasingly bitter, and a "scientist" determined to discover the origins of the islands' widespread deafness has decided she makes the perfect "live specimen"--and kidnapped her.
Cuando Amamos Cantamos = When We Love Someone We Sing To Them
Martínez, Ernesto Javier, author.
A reclamation of the Mexican serenata tradition, follow the story of a young boy who asks his father if there is a song for a boy who loves a boy.
Alma And How She Got Her Name
Martinez-Neal, Juana, author.
How did Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela end up with such a long name? As Daddy tells the story of her many names, Alma can almost feel herself grow into them.
Where Are You From?
Méndez, Yamile Saied, author.
"When a young girl is asked where she's from--where she's really from--she's no longer as she was. She decides to turn to her dear abuelo for some help with this ever-persistent question. But he doesn't quite give her the answer she expects."--Page [2] of cover.
Home Is In Between
Perkins, Mitali, author.
Immigrating to America, a young girl navigates between her family's Bengali traditions and her new country's culture.
Ana & Andrew. A Day At The Museum
Platt, Christine A., 1976- author.
"It's a surprise visit! Ana & Andrew are excited when Grandma comes to visit. While she is there, the family tours the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and learns about important African American achievements." p. [4] of cover.
Tap Dance Troubles
Reid, C. L., author.
Emma is taking tap dance lessons and she wants to learn the routine perfectly, but it is not easy because the tapping of the dancers makes it difficult for her cochlear implant to pick up the final notes of the music and so her timing is off--but with a little help from her teacher and her best friend Izzie, Emma will make it work. Includes an ASL fingerspelling chart, glossary, and content-related questions.
Look Both Ways : A Tale Told In Ten Blocks
Reynolds, Jason, author.
"A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school"-- Provided by publisher.
The Moon Within
Salazar, Aida, author.
Eleven-year-old (nearly twelve) Celi Rivera, who is a mix of Black-Puerto Rican-Mexican Indian is uncomfortable about her approaching period, and the changes that are happening to her body; she is horrified that her mother wants to hold a traditional public moon ceremony to celebrate the occasion--until she finds out that her best friend Magda is contemplating an even more profound change of life.
Octopus Stew
Velasquez, Eric, author, illustrator.
Ramsey dons his superhero cape to rescue Grandma from the huge octopus she is trying to cook--or is he simply telling a story? Includes author's note on the story's origin and a recipe for Octopus stew.
Stargazing
Wang, Jen, 1984- author, artist.
Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and artistic, confident, impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends, whose friendship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness.
Harbor Me
Woodson, Jacqueline, author.
"When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world"-- Provided by publisher.