Mimí loves going to Puerto Rico every year with her family to celebrate Christmas. She especially looks forward to her annual parranda, the Puerto Rican version of Christmas caroling. But when she learns that her family won't be able to go this
Recreating the indigenous legend of how Puerto Rico became an island, this joyful creation myth about the evolution of a beautiful island habitat also encourages young readers to respect the gifts of the winds and the cycle of nature that bears
Julianita and her classmates can't wait to receive caterpillars to raise and watch transform into Monarch butterflies. Sure to entertain and educate, this is a perfect choice for children who are learning about the forces of nature and migration by
While Benjamin waits for his father to pick him up from school, the only thing he hears is, "a word. The word." Earlier that day, Benjamin beats his friend James while playing handball, and James retaliated by calling Benjamin "the word." With soft,
These deliciously gory tales are recounted by the renowned storyteller Alfred Avila, who has salvaged these stories from disappearing forever. He is one of the last in a long line of tall-tale specialists in the Mexican tradition of the Southwest.
The stories in this collection curdle with the creepy characters of traditional folklore. They brim with the supernatural: the mysterious disappearance of children who made deals with duendes, evil trolls who live inside the walls of our houses; the
The pieces in this anthology for young adults bear the struggles of discovering a new self and the trials of leaving behind an old one. Edited by well-known poet and essayist Judith Ortiz Cofer, the collection includes work by Pat Mora, Tomás
... y no se lo tragó la tierra, in the original Spanish, is Tomás Rivera's classic novel about a Mexican-American family's life as migrant workers during the 1950s, as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Popular author Xavier Garza returns with another collection of stories featuring spooky characters from Mexican-American folklore. There's a witch that takes the shape of a snake in order to poison and punish those who disregard her warnings;
This bilingual picture book depicts a poor Mexican boy in his search for a special gift for the Baby Jesus, focusing on the Mexican tradition of las posadas in which villagers reenact Mary and Joseph's search for shelter for nine nights.
Magda's grandmother has promised to teach her how to make tortillas when she turns 7, and that magic day has arrived. Magda's tortillas don't look like her abuela's, but she saves the day by calling Magda a "tortilla artist!" Great art isn't always
Young Rita gets lots of advice about salsa music from her family - how to play and sing it, how to dance to it, even how to dress for it! She dreams of becoming a salsa band director. In both English and Spanish, Salsa introduces young readers to
This critically acclaimed play by Luis Valdez cracks open the depiction of Chicanos on stage, challenging viewers to revisit a troubled moment in our nation's history. Focusing on the events surrounding the Sleepy Lagoon Murder Trial of 1942 and the
Teenage years are difficult for anyone, but for Trino Olivares, it seems like he never gets a break. It's like every time he rolls the dice he lands on Lose a Turn. In the sequel to the award-winning Trino's Choice, Trino must hold on through the
Seventh-grader Trino Olivares doesn't like books and has never cared for school types. So when Rosca, an older teen with a vicious streak, invites Trino to start hanging out with his crowd - and maybe make some quick money - the younger boy doesn't
Hola, Abuelita. It's me, Estrellita! And so begins the phone conversation that Estrellita and her grandmother have longed for since Estrellita's move from Puerto Rico to New York City. In this lively sequel to Estrellita se despide de su isla /
Six-year-old Ana envies her big sister Lidia, who's old enough to be responsible for spreading the dough on the corn husk leaves for the family's Christmas tamales. As the years pass, Lidia is always two years older, and the sibling rivalry
Young René is dismayed to hear someone else answer to his name during classroom roll call one morning. It's not only that he thought he was the only person with that name, but that the new student who answers is Renee, the girl. Complemented by