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      La casa de algún día (The One Day House)

      by Julia Durango

      Apr 2020

      Primary Spanish

      Wilson dreams about all the repairs he would like to make to his neighbor Gigi’s house so that his elderly friend will be more comfortable. After Wilson discusses his plans with several members of his community (including a librarian, mail carrier, and teacher), Gigi’s house is selected for a community renovation project, and the whole neighborhood comes together in a selfless act of community service.

      No tengas miedo, Cangrejita (Don’t Worry, Little Crab)

      by Chris Haughton

      Mar 2020

      Primary Spanish

      Little Crab is ecstatic, but when he arrives and sees the huge, thunderous waves, he realizes that the ocean may be a bit scarier than he thought. With the help of Very Big Crab, Little Crab decides to face his fears and discover amazing new things under the sea.

      Full-color digital illustrations.

      Fuego, Fueguito / Fire, Little Fire

      by Jorge Argueta

      Feb 2020

      Primary Spanish

      "My name is Fire / but everyone calls me / Little Fire."

      From its birth as a spark, Little Fire flits like a firefly and plays hide and seek inside a volcano. He grows between two sticks rubbed together or on a stone that strikes another. Little Fire is red, yellow, orange and turquoise. "I look like the sun / but I am no sun. / I am Fire, Little Fire / who laughs, / who dances." Little Fire sings, "sizzle, / hiss, / whoosh, / crackle, crackle."

      With stunningly beautiful illustrations by Felipe Ugalde Alcntara that depict the natural world, this poem about the importance of fire reflects Argueta's indigenous roots and his appreciation for nature. Containing the English and Spanish text on each page, the entire poem appears at the end in Nahuat, the language of Argueta's Pipil-Nahua ancestors. The sequel to Agua, Aguita / Water, Little Water, this book is an excellent choice to encourage children to write their own poems about the environment.

      Translation of the text in Nahuat. Full-color illustrations.

      When Julia Danced Bomba / Cuando Julia bailaba bomba

      by Raquel M. Ortiz

      Jan 2020

      Primary Spanish

      "Julia, they're already warming up. Hurry!" Cheito says to his little sister as they rush to their bomba class. Cheito is a natural on the drums, but Julia isn't as enthusiastic about dancing.
      Julia tries to imitate the best dancer in the class, but her turns are still too slow, her steps too big. She just can't do anything right! When the instructor announces the younger students will be participating in the bombazo and performing a solo, Julia is terrified. When it's her turn, she takes a deep breath, closes her eyes and focuses on the beat of the drum. As she dances, Julia notices that the drums are actually talking to her. Feeling braver, she stops worrying and trying so hard. Instead, she loses herself in the rhythm of the bomba drums and enjoys herself!
      Introducing children and adults to the Afro-Latino tradition of bomba music and dancing, author and educator Raquel M. Ortiz shares another story for children ages 5-9 about her rich Puerto Rican heritage. With lively illustrations by Flor de Vita that aptly express Julia's frustration, fear and joy, this book will help children understand that practicing whether dance steps, dribbling a ball or playing a musical instrument yields results!

      Further information about bomba dance style. Glossary. Full-color illustrations.

      ¡Shhh! Tenemos un plan (Shhh! We Have a Plan)

      by Chris Haughton

      Dec 2019

      Primary Spanish

      While four friends are out on a walk, they spot a beautiful bird perched high in a tree. Deciding that they must catch the bird, they begin to scheme. How are they going to,capture the bird? —Shhh! They have a plan.

      Full-color illustrations were created digitally.

      Rocas y minerales (Rocks and Minerals)

      by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

      Nov 2019

      Primary Spanish

      From sparkling gems to dazzling crystals, this impressively illustrated book introduces children to the exciting world of stones and minerals, including both the bases of their construction and their sheen. This level two book, written with easy-to-understand text, will help cultivate the geologists of tomorrow!
      This educational series of books for beginners of high interest for children is full of the wonderful images of National Geographic, accompanied by texts written by experienced authors in the field of juvenile literature. The back cover of the paper edition includes an interactive experience based on the book. Level 1 books reinforce the content of the book with kinesthetic activity. In level 2 books, readers complete a letter with vocabulary words.

      Quiz. Glossary. Full-color photographs and diagrams.

      The Boy Who Touched the Stars / El niño que alcanzó las estrellas

      by José M. Hernández

      Oct 2019

      Primary Spanish

      Every night when he was a boy, José M. Hernández would look out the window and stare at the stars. They were different colors: blue, yellow and white. Some were larger and brighter than others, and some twinkled as if they were alive. Later, when he saw man land on the moon on TV, he knew he wanted to be an astronaut. But José struggled in school because his family moved constantly and he didn’t speak English. His parents were migrant workers from Mexico; they followed the crops up and down the state of California. José was in second grade when his teacher convinced his parents to stop migrating and stay in the United States. She also encouraged his love of astronomy, books and learning. This heartwarming, bilingual picture book is sure to motivate kids to set goals and reach for their own dreams.

      Full-color illustrations.

      Mi papi tiene una moto (My Papi Has a Motorcycle)

      by Isabel Quintero

      Sep 2019

      Primary Spanish

      When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she’s always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there.

      Author’s note. Full-color digital illustrations created with a mix of hand-painted watercolor texture.

      ¡Los Zombis no comen verduras! (Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies!)

      by Jorge Lacera

      Aug 2019

      Primary Spanish

      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.

      Recipes. Full-color digital illustrations.

      Un nuevo hogar (A New Home)

      by Tania de Regil

      Jul 2019

      Primary Spanish

      Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan just happens to be one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

      Further information about New York City and Mexico City. Full-color illustrations done in ink, colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache and assembled digitally.

      Buenas noches, construcción. Buenas noches, diversión. (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site)

      by Sherri Duskey Rinker

      Jun 2019

      Primary Spanish

      One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and say buenas noches—so that tomorrow they'll be ready for another day of construction play!

      Full-color illustrations done in oil pastels.

      Lola quiere un gato (Lola Gets a Cat)

      by Anna McQuinn

      May 2019

      Primary Spanish

      Mami says that a gato is a lot of work, so Lola has to research and practice caring for a pet before la familia can adopt one.

      Full-color illustrations.
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