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Young Adult Books

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The Queen of Water - Laura Resau; María Virginia Farinango
An ALA Amelia Bloomer Selection
An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book

Born in an Andean village in Ecuador, Virginia lives with her large family in a small, earthen-walled dwelling. In her village of indígenas, it is not uncommon to work in the fields all day, even as a child, or to be called a longa tonta -stupid Indian- by members of the ruling class of mestizos, or Spanish descendants. When seven-year-old Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds.

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The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano - Margarita Engle
A portrait in poems of Juan Francisco Manzano, the poet who was born a slave in Cuba in 1797.

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The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom - Margarita Engle
This history in verse creates a vivid portrait of life during the Cuban War of Independence (1895-1898).

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How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay - Julia Alvarez
A delightfully entertaining story of family and culture from acclaimed author Julia Alvarez. The first in the Tia Lola series that also includes How Tia Lola Learned to Teach, How Tia Lola Saved the Summer, and How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over.

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The Dreamer - Pam Muñoz Ryan; Peter Sís (Illustrator)
Winner of the 2011 Pura Belpre Award for fiction.

A fictional story of Pablo Neruda's childhood.


Picture Books

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Arroz con Leche/Rice Pudding: Un Poema para Cocinar/A Cooking Poem - Jorge Argueta; Fernando Vilela (Illustrator)
The cuisines of many different cultures all over the world include rice and rice pudding. In this title, Jorge Argueta gives us a bilingual recipe for the classic Latin American version.

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Clemente! - Willie Perdomo; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
A little boy named Clemente learns about his namesake, the great baseball player Roberto Clemente, in this joyful picturebook biography.

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The Bossy Gallito/El Gallo de Bodas - Lucia M. Gonzalez; Lulu Delacre (Illustrator)
A Cuban folktale

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Gracias/Thanks - Pat Mora; John Parra (Illustrator)
A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.

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Waiting for the Biblioburro - Monica Brown; John Parra (Illustrator)
Inspired by the heroic efforts of real-life librarian Luis Soriano, award-winning picture book creators Monica Brown and John Parra introduce readers to the mobile library that journeys over mountains and through valleys to bring literacy and culture to rural Colombia, and to the children who wait for the BiblioBurro.

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The Woman Who Outshone the Sun/La Mujer que Brillaba aun mas que el Sol - Fernando Olivera (Illustrator); Rosalma Zubizarreta; Harriet Rohmer; David Schecter; Alejandro Cruz Martinez
This Zapotec legend from Oaxaca, Mexico, tells the story of a woman so beautiful that the river falls in love with her.

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My Abuelita - Tony Johnston; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
Winner of a 2010 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor

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What Can You Do with a Paleta? - Carmen Tafolla; Magaly Morales (Illustrator)


Featured Resource

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Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science - Marc Aronson & Marina Tamar Budhos (2010)
With songs, oral histories, maps, and over 80 archival illustrations, here is the story of how one product allows us to see the grand currents of world history in new ways. (Grades 8 and up)

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