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8 Books that Will Get Your Kids Speaking Spanish

April 30 is El día de los niños/El día de los libros also known as Children’s Day/Book Day. This celebration was established by children’s author Pat Mora to help children and their families of all backgrounds and cultures understand the importance of literacy. To celebrate this day, Mamiverse presents to you a roundup of books [...]

My Migrant Family Story/ La historia de mi familia migrante

My Migrant Family Story/ La historia de mi familia migrante

In this series of autobiographical vignettes, Lilia Garcia provides readers with snapshots of the trip her family of migrant workers took each spring to Colma, Michigan. From their hometown of McAllen, Texas, the Garcia’s made the 1,500-mile journey in a 1965 Ford pick-up truck. In the north, they picked summer crops until early fall. As [...]

The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases / La chancleta perdida y otros casos secretos

The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases / La chancleta perdida y otros casos secretos

Eight-year old Flaca (Skinny) considers herself a master detective, and in the three cases recounted here, aims to share her skills with young readers—as long as they are willing to first sign her “confidentiality agreement,” included in the front of the book. In the title story, Flaca has to track down a missing (possibly stolen) [...]

Lupita’s First Dance/El primer baile de Lupita

Lupita’s First Dance/El primer baile de Lupita

Lupita’s First Dance/El primer baile de Lupita By Lupe Ruiz-Flores • Illustrated by Gabhor Utomo Translated by Gabriela Baeza Ventura Piñata Books • 2013 • 32 pages Hardcover ($17.95) ISBN: 978-1-55885-772-8 Ages 5-7 When plans change unexpectedly, or accidents happen, little ones can feel truly devastated. Here is an endearing pick-me-up, dust-me-off and keep-on-trucking story [...]

The Cucuy Stole My Cascarones/El Coco me robó los cascarones

The Cucuy Stole My Cascarones/El Coco me robó los cascarones

The Cucuy Stole My Cascarones/El Coco me robó los cascarones By Spelile Rivas • Illustrated by Valeria Cervantes Translated by Gabriela Baeza Ventura Piñata Books • 2013 • 32 pages ISBN: 978-1-55885-771-1 Hardcover ($17.95) Ages 5 to 7 Roberto is looking forward to his birthday because it will bring cascarones! During the year, his Mom [...]

Primeras 100 Palabras / First 100 Words

Primeras 100 Palabras / First 100 Words

Primeras 100 Palabras / First 100 Words By Roger Priddy Priddy Books • 2013 • 14 pages Board Book ($8.99) ISBN: 978-0-312-51583-6 Ages 2-5 Learning new things is the centerpiece of a toddler’s life, and with this book on hand; your little one will surely have fun learning new words—in English and Spanish! A full-color [...]

Let’s Salsa/Bailemos Salsa

Let’s Salsa/Bailemos Salsa

Let’s Salsa/Bailemos Salsa By Lupe Ruiz-Flores Illustrated by Robert Casilla Translated By Natalie Rosales-Yeomans Piñata Books • 2013 • 32 Pages ISBN: 978-1-55885-762-9 Hardcover ($17.95)} Ages 5 to 9 Estela loves to dance, and her favorite dance is salsa. So when she sees her neighbors using salsa as an exercise workout, she gets excited. Estela’s [...]

The ArteKids Series

The ArteKids Series

Five little treasures! This board book series, the product of collaboration between the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, Trinity University Press and the San Antonio Museum of Art, makes for collectable art at a remarkable price. Compact and portable, each concept-based book masterfully depicts artifacts from the San Antonio Museum of Art.  Whether the theme [...]

Don’t Say A Word, Mamá / No Digas Nada, Mamá

Don’t Say A Word, Mamá / No Digas Nada, Mamá

Blanca and Rosa are grownup sisters with big hearts who live in their own homes on the same street as their beloved mamá. They each have a large garden overflowing with delicious vegetables. Without telling one another, the two generous sisters begin to bring baskets of vegetables—tomatoes, chiles and corn—to their mother. Soon, their mother’s [...]

Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States

Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States

When Cool Salsa first came out in 1994, I was one of its early readers. I loved the book; and 20 years later, my feelings about it have not changed. Lori M. Carlson began to study Spanish in elementary school, and went on to study abroad. Exposed first to Spanish literature, she later came to [...]