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Torres, Lillian. (1998). Liliana's Grandmothers. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux. Because one of her grandmothers lives down the street and the other in a faraway country, Liliana experiences two very different ways of life when she visits them. (Primary K-3) Williams, Vera (1994). Un Sillon Para Mamá/A Chair for My Mother. New York: William & Morrow Publishers. A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire. (Primary K-3) Cowley, Joo. & Cepeda, Joe. (1996). Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey. New York: Scholastic. Miguel's father sends him a present which turns out to be a turkey. Miguel falls in love with his pet turkey. Now he does not want his turkey to be the Thanksgiving dinner and must find a way to save Gracias from that end. (Primary K-3)


Garza, Carmen. Lomas. (1996). En Mi Familia/ San Francisco: Children's Book Press. Noted artist Carmen Lomas Garza describes her experiences growing up in a Mexican American community in Texas. The book provides beautiful pictures to help children relate to experiences with their own families. This is an excellent way to create dialogue and reflection. Any work by Lomas Garza lends itself to discussion and modeling for children and adolescents of all ages. (Elementary K5)

Ada, Alma.Flor. (1993). My Name is Maria Isabel. New York: Simon and Schuster. The hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. Maria Isabel has been named for her Papa's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother. Can she find a way to make her teacher see that if she loses her name, she's lost the most important part of herself? (Available both in Spanish and English) (Elementary 4-6) Anaya, Rodolfo (2000). An Elegy of Cesar Chavez. Texas: Cinco Puntos Press. Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima, was greatly influenced by the heroic life of labor and civil rights activist, Cesar Chavez. After Chavez' death in 1992, Anaya wrote this poem eulogizing the man and his life's work. Echoing Shelley's elegy on the death of John Keats, the poem expresses the sorrow of la gente, but closes by calling all peoples together to continue the non-violent struggle for freedom and justice that Chavez personified. The book, which has been sanctioned by the United Farm Workers, includes an essay by Anaya detailing the effect that Cesar Chavez had on his own vision and highlighting important struggles and triumphs in Chavez' life. It includes a chronology of Chavez' life. Super realistic illustrations by Gaspar Enriquez add to the poem's power. (Elementary 3-6) Anzaldua, Gloria. (1993). Friends from the Other Side/Amigos del Otro Lado. Emeryville: Children's Book Press. Having crossed the Rio Grande into Texas with his mother in search of a new life, Joaquin receives help and friendship from Prietita, a brave young Mexican American girl who befriends Joaquin and protects him when others try to hurt him and call him derogatory names. (Elementary 3-6) Cisneros, Sandra. (1989) The House on Mango Street. New York: Vintage Books. A series of vignettes capture the thoughts and emotions of a young girl growing up in Chicago. Each chapter presents a humorous or tragic view of someone in the apartments where she lives. (Elementary/Middle School 5-8)


Herrera, Felipe. (2000). The Upside Down Boy/El Niño de Cabeza. Emeryville: Children's Book Press. The story is told of Herrera's engaging memoir of the year his migrant family settled down so that he could go to school for the first time. Juanito is bewildered by the new school, and he misses the warmth of country life. Everything he does feels upside down. He eats lunch when it's recess; he goes out to play when it's time for lunch and his tongue feels like a rock when he tries to speak English. A sensitive teacher and loving family help him to find his voice and make a place for himself. (Elementary 3-6) Machado, Ana. M. (1994). Nina Bonita. Caracas: Ekare. (Spanish only) The little girl has a white rabbit who is in love with the girl's dark skin. He keeps asking her how she got her beautiful color and each time she makes up a story that finds the rabbit in trouble. He gets into the black ink; he drinks black coffee and he eats the dark grapes until he gets sick. Finally he learns that she is that color because of her parents. This is a delightful story of friendship and love. (Although it is only in Spanish, it is well worth translating.) (Primary/Elementary 3-5) Marti, Jose. (1997). Los Zapaticos de Rosa. Spain: Lectorum Publications. (Spanish only) Jose Marti Cuban, writer and statesmen for the independence of Cuba, is well known for his work as a newspaper reporter in the U.S., Mexico, and Cuba. This story comes from a collection, La Edad de Oro, published for children in 1889. The story in verse form reads delightfully. A child and her mother visit the beach area. After the child goes out to play, she finds a little girl in her mother's arms who is not feeling well. She gives the little girl her special pink shoes, hoping these make the child feel better. The sickly child has little monetarily, while the girl with the pink shoes comes from a well to-do-family. The child's kindness is demonstrated in her act of unselfish giving. (Elementary 3-6) Rodriguez, Luis (1998). America is Her Name. Williamantic: Curbstone Press. Nine-year-old America Soliz lives with her family in the Pilsen Barrio of Chicago. She misses her home in Mexico and is unhappy in school, where she experiences prejudice against Mexican immigrants. In Chicago, America has lost the strong, open voice she had in Mexico. America sits at the back of the room dreaming about her village in Oaxaca until one day a poet, Mr. Aponte, visits her class. "There's poetry in everyone, "he tells the class, and inspires America to write. "Write in Spanish or English," he says. Through writing, America finds her strong voice and her "home" in the Pilsen Barrio. (Elementary 4-6)


Argueta, Manilo. (1990). Magic Dogs of the Volcanoes: Los Perros Magicios de los Volcanes. (Stacey Ross, Translation). Emeryville: Children’s Press. A story is told by Manilo Argueta, one of El Salvador’s greatest living authors. The cadejos, magical animals, have cared for the people who live at the foot of the volcanoes. The landowner decides to do away with them in the hopes of making the campesinos work harder. In desperation the cadejos call upon their great-great grandparents, the volcanoes, who defeat the soldiers in a creative way. (Elementary 3-5)

Rohmer, H. & Rea, J. (1988) Atariba & Niguayona. Emeryville: Children's Book Press. A golden-green macaw tells Niguayona, a young hero from the ancient Taino people of Puerto Rico, that he can help his sick playmate by bringing her the red fruit of the tall caimono tree. Niguayona sets out on a magical journey and returns just in time to save the spirited Atariba. (Elementary 3-5)

Altman, Linda. (1993). El Camino de Amelia/Amelia's Road (Daniel Santa Cruz, Trans.). New York: Lee and Low Books Inc. Amelia is the child of farm workers. She works in the field with her parents. Her desire is to find a place that she can call her own. One day she finds a small metal box and proceeds to put her most cherished items in it. She draws a special map that goes from her special tree to the road they always take. She folds her map, places it in her box, and buries it next to her special tree. For Amelia, she knows that this is a place to which she could always return. (Elementary 3-6) Dorros, Arthur (1993). Radio Man. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. Diego and his family are migrant farm workers who move from state to state picking fruits and vegetables. Every farm brings something different--a new crop, new people, and new experience. No matter where Diego and his family go, Diego brings his radio with him. He knows that the voice on the radio is always there to remind him of where he's been, to help him learn about where he's going, and to keep him in touch with the people whom he meets along the way. (Elementary 3-6)


Castillo, Ana. (2000). My Daughter, My Son: The Eagle the Dove: Penguin Putnam Books. Both a blessing to a child and a tribute to parenthood, this superb keepsake book by renowned Chicana poet and author Ana Castillo, was inspired by ancient Aztec chants. The book's two sections--one for a daughter and one for a son--trace the milestones of growing up and reflect parental joy and pride in the process. Like an illuminated manuscript in a new-world context, the illustrations by Susan Guevara stylistically combine Aztec elements with strong contemporary images on bark. (Elementary/Middle School 4-8)

Mariscal, B. L. (1995). The Harvest Birds/Los Pajaros de la Cosecha. San Francisco: Children's Book Press. Juan Zanate dreams of being a farmer like his father and grandfather before him, but when his father dies and the land is divided, there is only enough for his two older brothers. Juan learns to determine his own destiny with help from his loyal friends, the harvest birds. (Elementary 3-5)

Martinez, F., & Olivera. (1987). The Woman Who Outshone the Sun/La Mujer Que Brillaba Aun Mas Que el Sol The Legend of Lucia Zenteno (Rosalma Zubizarreta, Trans.). Emeryville: Children's Book Press. A woman comes into town who is loved by all things natural. The people in the town do not like her and ask her to leave. When she leaves, everything beautiful follows her and the people are left without fish, crops, rain, and other natural elements. They realize what they have done, and ask her to return. (Elementary 3-5)

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