The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hispanic Heritage - September 2005

Selected and annotated by Cindy Welch

From folktales to salsa to baseball, it's all a part of the celebration September 15 to October 15, 2005!

Alvarez, Julia. Finding Miracles. Knopf, 2004. Gr. 7-10.
Fifteen-year-old adoptee Milly has successfully closed the door on her past until a new classmate brings stories of the struggle for democracy in Milly's native land.

Ada, Alma Flor and Campoy, F. Isabel. Mamá Goose: a Latino Nursery Treasury/Un Tesoro de Rimas Infantiles; illus. by Maribel Suárez. Hyperion, 2004. 5-8 yrs.
Folklore, jump rope songs, lullabies and more encourage friends and amigos to share with each other.

Bernier-Grand, Carmen T. César: Yes, We Can/¡Si, Se Puede!; illus. by David Diaz. Cavendish, 2004. Gr. 4-7.
Brave César Chávez, who campaigned for the rights of migrant workers, is celebrated in this biographical poem for young people.

Carlson, Lori Marie, ed. Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States. Holt, 2005. Gr. 7 and up.
Poems expressed first in English and then in Spanish explore the young Latino/Latina experience.

Chambers, Veronica. Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa; illus. by Julie Maren. Dial, 2005. Gr. 6-8.
Celia's magical voice took her from the poor streets of Havana to cities around the world.

Cofer, Judith Ortiz. Call Me María: A Novel in Letters, Poems and Prose. Orchard, 2004. Gr. 7-10.
Maria learns English as she learns to live in a new country; by combining old and new to make something all her own.

Hayes, Joe. La Llorona/The Weeping Woman: An Hispanic Legend Told in Spanish & English; illus. by Vicki Trego Hill and Mona Pennypacker. Cinco Puntos, 2004. 6-9 yrs.
Searching for her drowned children, the ghostly Weeping Woman (La Llorona) wanders the riverbanks forever.

Kimmel, Eric A. Cactus Soup; illus. by Phil Huling. Cavendish, 2004. 7-10 yrs.
Everyone hides their food when the soldiers ride into town, only to have it reappear for a lovely pot of community soup that starts with a single cactus thorn.

Machado, Ana Maria. From Another World; tr. from the Portuguese by Luisa Baeta; illus. by Lúcia Brandão. Groundwood, 2005. Gr. 5-7.
Mariano and his friends resolve to help Rosario, the nineteenth century slave girl who haunts the house their parents are renovating, by discovering the truth and telling her tragic story.

Marcantonio, Patricia Santos. Red Ridin' in the Hood: and Other Cuentos; illus. by Renato Alarcão. Farrar, 2005. Gr. 3-6.
Classic fairytales are told with a Spanish twist; do you recognize them?

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Becoming Naómi Leon. Scholastic, 2004. Gr. 4-6.
Naomi takes to the road, to find her errant father, and discovers the richness of her heritage along the way.

Reich, Susanna. José!: Born to Dance: The Story of José Limón; illus. Raúl Colón. Wiseman/Simon, 2005. 7-10 yrs.
Jose's determined spirit lifted him out of the barrio to dance for the crowds that loved him.

Sanchez, Alex. So Hard to Say. Simon, 2004. Gr. 6-9.
Thirteen-year-old Xio loves the new guy at school, Frederick; but who does Frederick love?

Winter, Jonah. Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates; illus. by Raúl Colón. Schwartz/Atheneum, 2005. 5-8 yrs.
Right-fielder Roberto Clemente was a great man on and off the baseball diamond.