Aug 02, 2015


Best Latino Children’s Books to Gift this Holiday Season

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Unlike toys and electronics, children’s fascination with books–or rather, the stories told in books–stay with them well into the New Year, and sometimes even a lifetime.

So go ahead and stuff your children’s stockings with the gift of imagination, quality time, and cultural pride this holiday season!

Here are just a few Latino-authored books that we like to share with the special children in our lives!

Happy Holidays!

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Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá, by Graciela Tiscareno-Sato (Author) , Linda Lens (Illustrator)

Amazon bestseller “Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá”  -[ISBN: 978-0-9834760-3-0]  is the first bilingual  children’s picture book showing young children why women and mommies wear military uniforms and serve in our nation’s armed forces. The book includes an art activity in back of book for children to design their own colorful patches after reading about Captain Mama’s patches on her flight suit. Visit the publisher’s online store, where you can find author-signed books personalized for the child of your choice, embroidered patches of the book’s cover art, and teacher packs of 21 and 31 books for use in the classroom.

For those wishing to help us donate books at Title 1 schools (high percentage of minority students and low income families), ahead of holidays and all year long, you can donate here: for children ages 4-7

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When Christmas Feels Like Home, by Gretchen Griffith (Author) , Carolina Farias (Illustrator)

When Juan moves from a small village in Mexico to a town in the United States, he fears that he’ll never feel at home in this strange new place.  However, with christmas fast approaching, Juan soon learns that the U.S. isn’t so different from the Latin America, especially when you’re surrounded by the people who you love.  Perfect for children ages 4-7

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Arturo and the Navidad Birds, by Anne Broyles  (Author) , KE Lewis (Illustrator)

Young Arturo loves decorating the christmas tree with his “Abue Rosa.” For every ornament they hang together, Abue Rosa shares a new piece of their Central American family’s history with Arturo. But when Arturo goofs around and accidentally breaks one of Abue Rosa’s glass bird ornaments, he learns a new kind of lesson. Find out what it is! Perfect for children ages 5-8
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The Poet Upstairs, by Judith Ortiz Cofer (Author) , Oscar Ortiz (Illustrator)

When homesick Juliana’s cold causes her to stay home from school one blistery, snowy day, she makes a new friend in the poet who lives upstairs. Together, they spin poems about their shared tropical homeland to combat the frigid weather just outside their windows. Inspired by Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos’ famous poem about the Loiza River, Ortiz Cofer “demonstrates the power of the written word as Juliana learns that poetry can change the world.” Perfect for children ages 5-9


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Becoming Naomi Leon, by Pam Munoz Ryan (Author)

Between having a very unique name, not-so-hip-clothes, and an absentee-madre, Naomi Soledad Outlaw has a lot to deal with in her young life. Despite her abuelita’s attempts to help Naomi see the bright side of every situation, Naomi still feels like “a nobody.”  But that all changes when Naomi’s  “mother reappears after seven years of being gone, stirring up all sorts of questions and challenging Naomi to discover and proclaim who she really is.” Perfect for children ages 8-12


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Gina Santiago is stoked to have been accepted into the prestigious New York Academy of Arts and Talents, but the thing is, she’s been accepted into the Arts program, not the Music program as she had hoped. To make matter worse, her new school is divided into two cliques: Schollies (scholarship students) and dollies (rich students). Determined to “rock her destiny,” Gina attempts to bring everyone together the only way she truly knows how: through music. Perfect for children ages 12-15
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Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha is the Managing Editor at NEW LATINA, and a social commentary and pop-culture writer/blogger from New York City. She studied Sociology and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College, where she developed a strong interest women's issues and community advocacy. Tanisha has written for the Bowdoin Orient and has interned at BUST Magazine and

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