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Children's Books to Celebrate Día del niño


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, a love of reading and the power of cultural heritage to strengthen families and communities.

Download PDFs of the titles or browse the list below. Plus, discover all of the library's Día events for families and learn more about the celebration's history in this blog from Plaza Voices.

B Is For Baby
Atinuke, author.
One morning after breakfast, Baby's big brother is getting ready to take the basket of bananas all the way to Baba's bungalow in the next village. He'll have to go along the bumpy road, past the baobab trees, birds, and butterflies, and all the way over the bridge. But what he doesn't realize is that his very cute, very curious baby sibling has stowed away on his bicycle. Little ones learning about language will love sounding out the words in this playful, vibrantly illustrated story set in West Africa.
The Epic Fail Of Arturo Zamora
Cartaya, Pablo, author.
This is the vibrant story of a family, a striking portrait of a town, and one boy's quest to save both.
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish : A Novel
Cartaya, Pablo, author.
After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus's mother takes him and his younger brother, who has Down syndrome, to Puerto Rico to visit relatives they do not remember or have never met, and while there Marcus starts searching for his father, who left their family ten years ago and is somewhere on the island.
Planting Stories : The Life Of Librarian And Storyteller Pura Belpré
Denise, Anika, author.
A gorgeous and lyrical story about Pura Belpré, a Puerto Rican librarian who changed the world.
Meet Yasmin!
Faruqi, Saadia, author.
In these four appealing stories, Pakistani American second grader Yasmin learns to cope with the small problems of school and home, while gaining confidence in her own skills and creative abilities.
Zapato Power : Freddie Ramos Takes Off
Jules, Jacqueline, 1956-
Freddie finds a mysterious package outside his apartment containing sneakers that allow him to run faster than a train, and inspire him to perform heroic deeds.
Sofia Martinez. My Family Adventure
Jules, Jacqueline, 1956- author.
Sofia Martinez, her sisters, and her cousins cope with the everyday problems of a happy Hispanic American family.
My Beijing : Four Stories Of Everyday Wonder
Jun, Nie, 1975- author, illustrator.
These four short stories are set in a hutong, or residential alleyway, of Beijing, China. There, Yu Er, her grandfather, and their eccentric neighbors experience the magic of everyday life.
Golden Domes And Silver Lanterns : A Muslim Book Of Colors
Khan, Hena.
In simple rhyming text a young Muslim girl and her family guide the reader through the traditions and colors of Islam.
Amina's Voice
Khan, Hena, author.
A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community.
Book Uncle And Me
Krishnaswami, Uma, 1956- author.
Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.
Drawn Together
Lê, Minh, 1979- author.
A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.
Ling & Ting : Not Exactly The Same!
Lin, Grace.
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.
The Summer Nick Taught His Cats To Read
Manley, Curtis, author.
When Nick decides to teach his cats to read, Verne is very much interested, especially in books about mice and fish, but Stevenson wants nothing to do with the project--or does he?
Pedro : First Grade Hero
Manushkin, Fran, author.
Pedro experiences the ups and downs of first grade in this early chapter book from the universe of Katie Woo.
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.
Juana & Lucas
Medina, Juana, 1980- author.
A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.
Morales, Yuyi, author.
An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story, including the ole of libraries along the way.
Maisie's Scrapbook
Narh, Samuel, author.
Maisie's mama wears linen and plays the viola. Her Dada wears kente cloth and plays the marimba.They come from different places, but they hug her in the same way. And most of all, they love her just the same. A joyful celebration of a mixed-race family and the love that binds us all together.
The First Rule Of Punk
Pérez, Celia C., 1972- author.
Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.
A Different Pond
Phi, Bao, 1975- author.
As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.
A Gift From Abuela
Ruiz, Cecilia, author, illustrator.
The first time Abuela held Niña, her heart overflowed with tenderness. And as Niña grows up, she and Abuela have a lot of fun doing simple things. Abuela decides that she wants to buy Niña a special treat, so she saves a little bit of her money every week. But then something terrible happens, and Abuela's dream of a surprise for Niña seems impossible. Luckily, the time they spend together and the love they have for each other are the best gifts of all.
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.
The Boy & The Bindi
Shraya, Vivek, 1981- author.
A playful story...about a young boy's fascination with the dot on his mother's forehead.
Nimesh The Adventurer
Singh, Ranjit (Author at Lantana Publishing), author.
Nimesh is walking home from school. Except ... there happens to be a shark in the corridor. And a dragon in the library! And why would crossing the road lead to the North Pole? In this fun-filled adventure, Nimesh is just walking home from school ... isn't he?
First Laugh : Welcome, Baby!
Tahe, Rose Ann, author.
A Navajo family welcomes a new baby into the family with love and ceremony, eagerly waiting for that first special laugh. Includes brief description of birth customs in different cultures.
Mommy's Khimar
Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah, author.
A young Muslim girl puts on a head scarf and not only feels closer to her mother, she also imagines herself as a queen, the sun, a superhero, and more.
Flor And Miranda Steal The Show
Torres, Jennifer, 1980- author.
When Flor finds out that Miranda and her band could potentially put her family's petting zoo out of business, she forms a plan to keep Miranda from an important performance that night.
Ten Cents A Pound / Written By Nhung N. Tran-davies ; Illustrated By Josée Bisaillon.
Tran-Davies, Nhung N., author.
A young girl is torn between her desire to stay home with her family and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them.
Looking For Bongo
Velasquez, Eric, author, illustrator.
When a boy's abuela accuses him of being careless with his beloved Bongo, he devises a trap and catches the toy thief red-handed.