Before I share our six favorite Latino children’s books of 2018, I want to express our congratulations to all the Latino authors who publish their books during this year. We salute you!
As a Latina mom raising bicultural and bilingual children, I am thankful for YOU and helping the Latino children literature market to grow. Let’s keep breaking barriers on 2019!
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Check out 6 Best Latino Children’s Books for 2018
Loveby Matt de la Peña
This beautiful book celebrates how loves exists in the small and big things, and why we should treasure all the moments. One of my favorite lines of the book is: “A slice of burned toast that tastes like love” The illustrations are gorgeous and breathtaking. The great news is that this book is also available in Spanish.
Islandborn by Junot Díaz
This is another must-have book for all Hispanic families. Lola’s story is a celebration of diversity, family and love. It represents the story of many immigrants and children of immigrants. Make sure to have your tissues ready! You will need them! My favorite line: ““Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.”
ZeeZee Can Save the Planet | ZeeZee Puede Salvar el Planeta
This bilingual book brings awareness of the impact that we have to protect our planet. Written by Ana Larrea-Albert, the story of this book empowers children to take action. It will bring much needed conversations on the importance of preventing any more damage to our environment. Every household and school should have a copy of this book!
Seven Pablos has the power to remind us that all children no matter their race or citizenship are the same. Written by Poet Jorge Luján tells the story of seven different Pablos living seven different places in this world and how each of them have the right to be protected and loved. Seven Pablos explores immigration, opportunity, and hope. I wish I can send this book to every school and to all those who govern us.
Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes
Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring is a great option for your middle grader! This novel introduces a great level of suspense, intrigue, and culture. I love how this book has opened questions regarding Frida Kahlo and Mexico. There is also a Spanish version.
The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America: A TOON Graphic
This is another great option for your middle schooler! My child is not a fan of graphic novels, but this one changed that! The author transforms myths into comics bringing stories of Latin America to the graphic-novel fans.
What was your favorite Latino Children’s Book of 2018?