Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Latino Heritage Month - My Top 3 Children's Books

Did you know that September 15-October 15 was Hispanic Heritage Month?  To celebrate I want to share with you a few of my favorite "Hispanic" themed children's books.

Frida 
Written by Jonah Winter
Illustrated by Ana Juna
Find it at Amazon HERE 

Yes I am one of "those" girls who loves Frida Kahlo. This book is like a dream. The pictures are just so colorful and full of life. Each page I want to frame and hang on my wall. The story is the sweet and simple story of Frida's life, complete with polio, trolley accidents, her paintings, and her death. I bought this book even before I had kids and it quickly became a bedtime favorite for me and my girls.



Rosita y Conchita A Rhyming Storybook in English and Spanish
Written and Illustrated by Eric Gonzalez & Erich Haeger
Find it at Amazon HERE 

We picked up this book at the authors booth at our local Art Walk. The cute story of 2 sisters, Rosita and Conchita. One is living and one is not. It is Dia De Los Muertos and Rosita and Conchita prepare to celebrate together. While making her way through the after life Rosita has some obstacles to overcome. Will Rosita make it to the beautiful alter that her sister Conchita has made for her? A great book to introduce your kids to the Dia De Los Muertos holiday. And bonus, it is written in English and Spanish!



Just in Case A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book
Written and Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Find it at Amazon HERE

First let me say that anything illustrated by Yuyi Morales is going to be amazing. Her characters remind me of a cartoon versions of a Diego Rivera painting. In this story Senor Calavera is stressing out because it is Grandma Beetle's birthday and he has no idea what to get her. While he makes his way to the party he goes through the entire Spanish alphabet trying to come up with the perfect gift.



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