Preciosa, non-Black Puerto Rican, has hair that won’t stay straight, won’t be confined. Rudine, Black girl, has hair that resists roller, flat irons, and rulers. Together, the girls play hair salon! They take inspiration from their moms, their neighbors, their ancestors, and cultural icons. They discover that their hair holds roots of the past and threads of the future. >>> On the last pages, there are names of prominent Black, Afro-Latinx, and non-Black Latinx figures known both for their accomplishments and their notable hairstyle, and also a glossary of Spanish words.
Long ago, the gods of Mesoamerica set out to create humans. They tried many times during each sun, or age. When all their attempts failed and the gods grew tired, only one did not give up. It was Feathered Serpent, the god of knowledge. To continue, he first had to retrieve the sacred bones of creation guarded by the lord of the underworld. Gathering his staff, shield, cloak, and shell ornament for good luck, Feathered Serpent embarked on the dangerous quest to create humankind.>>>On the last pages, found the Author’s note and Glossary. Duncan Tonatiuh’s books in SHI collection.
By Roseanne Greenfield Thong, Illustrated by Carles Ballesteros ( Albert Whitman & Company – 2015 )
El Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is here – a holiday for celebrating the lives of departed family and friends. Altas are decorated with sugar skulls and marigolds. Tamales and sweets are ready to eat. Soon it will be time for picnics, music, and a costume parade! Come join in these joyful and vibrant festivities that are tradition in Mexico and throughout Latin America. >>> On the last pages, found the information about Dia de los Muertos and Glossary.
By Susan Middleton Elya, Illustrated by Ana Aranda (Lee & Low Books Inc. – 2018 )
A Latino family joins the crowd headed for a summer celebración! They enjoy their town’s parade which include street foods, bands, a corn princess and fireworks. A brief rain shower does not dampen the Latino family’s excitement. >>> Spanish words, interspersed in the rhyming text, are defined in a glossary on the last page.
By Mitali Perkins, Illustrated by Sara Palacios ( Farrar Straus Giroux – 2019 )
It’s nearly Christmas in California. Maria and her little brother, Juan, and their mother are headed south with Mexico to visit their grandmother. They are exited to celebrate Las Posadas with her. Maria has knitted Abuela (grandmother in Spanish) a scarf, and Juan has drawn her a picture. But when Juan’s gift won’t fit through the tiny spaces in the border fence – barely big enough for little fingers to touch – Maria launches a cunning plan, using creativity and hope. >>> Author’s note is on the last pages with telling about La Posadas and the background story of this book.
For a bilingual girl and her mama a loving bound is about being together….and independent. Arthur Dorros’s skillful and subtle blend of English and Spanish narrative, illustrated bold, striking paintings by Rudy Gutierrez offers readers a poignant reminder that every day with Mama is sweet ! >>> Arthur Dorros’s books in SHI Collection is here.
A bilingual boy and his father, who only speaks Spanish, spend a day together. The young boy and his father may speak both Spanish, and understand English, but most important language they speak is the language of love. Arthur Dorros portrays the close bond between father and son, with lush paintings by Rudy Gutierrez. >>> Arthur Dorros’s books in SHI Collection is here.
By P. J. Bracegirdle, Illustrated by Poly Bernatene ( Dial Books for Young Readers – 2012 )
It’s the Day of the Dead (a holiday celebrated in Mexico)! Angelito never met a real Living person before, and his sister tells him the Living have big red tongues and bulging eyes, and if we touch one, we feel all hot and squishy. That sound scared Angelito. Lucky for him, a holiday festa is the perfect place to make a new friend. But when Angelito’s new buddy isn’t quite what he expected, it’ll take the traditions of the day of the dead to reunite the two boys in time for some holiday fun.＞＞＞Details of ‘the Day of the Dead’ found on the last page.
By Michael Genhart, Illustrated by Loris Lora ( Cameron Kids – 2021 )
Every year on Christmas Eve, Rosie and her mama, tia, sister and cousins all gather together in Abuela’s kitchen to make tamales and to tell stories. Immersed in Abuela’s rich memories, Rosie learns not only how to make a delicious tamale, but how to make a delicious LIFE, one filled with love, lots of spice, and family. >>>Author’s and Illustrator’s notes are on the last pages.