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Friends In Our World - Hispanic Friends (Kids)

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Celebrate by reading one of these fiction books featuring characters from a Hispanic culture.

Stella Diaz has something to say by Dominguez, Angels

When her class is assigned a project where each student must speak on their favorite subject, Stella Diaz, who sometimes lapses into Spanish and pronounces words wrong, must overcome her fear of public speaking.

Me, Frida, and the secret of the peacock ring by Cervantes, Angela

When Lizzie and Gael share an irresistible challenge, to find the peacock ring that once belonged to artist Frida Kahlo, Paloma decides it is the perfect way to honor her father.

Lety out loud by Cervantes, Angela

When Lety jumps at the chance to write animal profiles for the Furry Friends Animal Shelter, she is forced to team up with a grumpy classmate named Hunter, who devises a contest to decide who gets to be the official shelter scribe.

Pedro, first grade hero by Manushkin, Fran

A collection of four separately published stories featuring Pedro, Katie Woo's classmate and friend

Juana & Lucas by Medina, Juana

A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place

Merci Suárez changes gears by Medina, Meg

Merci Suárez begins the sixth grade and knows things will change, but she did not count on her grandfather acting strangely, not fitting in at her private school, and dealing with Edna Santos' jealousy.

A new home by De Regil, Tania

In a shared voice, a young boy conveys his fears about moving from New York City to Mexico City while, at the same time, a young girl expresses her worries about leaving Mexico City to move to New York City.

Between us and Abuela : a family story from the border by Perkins, Mitali

When María, Juan, and their mother go to the border between California and Mexico to visit their grandmother at Christmas, María must devise a way to get Juan's gift over the fence.

Lucía the luchadora and the million masks by Garza, Cynthia Leonor

When Gemma tears a hole in her big sister's special silver mask, Lucía's grandmother, Abu, has an idea--a trip to the mercado to find a luchadora mask for Gemma.

Our celebración! by Elya, Susan Middleton

A brief rain shower does not dampen a Latino family's enjoyment of their town's parade and summer celebration, which includes street food, bands, a corn princess, and fireworks. Spanish words, interspersed in the rhyming text, are defined in a glossary.

Efren divided : a novel by Cisneros, Ernesto

While his father works two jobs, seventh-grader Efr©♭n Nava must take care of his twin siblings, kindergartners Max and Mia, after their mother is deported to Mexico. Includes glossary of Spanish words.

Santiago's road home by Diaz, Alexandra

Fleeing abusive relatives and extreme poverty in Mexico, young Santiago endures being detained by ICE while crossing the border into the United States.

The wind called my name by Sanchez, Mary Louise

When ten-year-old Margaríta Sandoval's family moves to Wyoming during the Great Depression, she faces racism, homesickness, and the possibility that her grandmother's land in New Mexico may be lost.

Esperanza rising by Ryan, Pam Muñoz

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression

Miguel and the grand harmony by de la Peña, Matt

The spirit of Music details her role in a Mexican town and describes how she discovered Miguel, a budding musician in a family that hates music, and helped him begin to realize his part in the great harmony that surrounds the town.

Tomás and the library lady by Mora, Pat

While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomas finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library

A birthday basket for Tía by Mora, Pat

With the help and interference of her cat Chica, Cecilia prepares a surprise gift for her great-aunt's ninetieth birthday

Sal & Gabi break the universe by Hernandez, Carlos Alberto Pablo

In order to heal after his mother's death, thirteen-year-old Sal learns to reach into time and space to retrieve things--and people--from other universes.

A handful of stars by Lord, Cynthia

When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.
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