Remarkable Latino Children’s Literature of 2013

It certainly appears as though we’ve come full circle. This month, Latinas for Latino Lit celebrates it’s first anniversary. What a year we’ve had! And to think that it all began with an article in the New York Times by Motoko Rich on Latino students’ lack of access to books that reflect their culture and experience.

So we were especially disappointed when the NYT released its annual list of Notable Children’s Books last week without a single title written by or about Latinos…again. We have more to say on this topic, so look for another response from us soon. But we want to start off by sharing our own list of Remarkable Latino Children’s Literature with extraordinary titles written and/or illustrated by Latinos that were released in 2013. Perhaps the New York Times should ask us for suggestions next year?

We hope you’ll enjoy this list. You can download and print your copy by clicking the link above. And we know that there were many other children’s titles by talented Latino authors that were released this year. Which ones would you add? Share them with us!

YES! WE ARE LATINOS. By Alma Flor Ada & F. Isabel Campoy. Illustrated by David Diaz. (Charlesbridge Publishing, $18.95) A collection of 12 narrative poems, each one describing a snippet of time from the lives of 13 Latino children who come by their heritage in different ways.

TITO PUENTE, MAMBO KING. By Monica Brown. Illustrated by Rafael López. (Rayo, $17.99) A vibrantly illustrated story about the life of the legendary musician, Tito Puente. Brown incorporates music and rhythm in her lively text and challenges children to find music in the world around them.

HOW FAR DO YOU LOVE ME? Written and illustrated by Lulu Delacre. (Lee & Low Books, $11.95) Journey to 13 different places around the world in this beautifully illustrated children’s book about love and families.

ROUND IS A TORTILLA. By Roseanne Greenfield Thong. Illustrated by John Parra. (Chronicle Books, $16.99) The perfect introduction to shapes, this book uses rhyming text with Spanish words embedded and cultural objects to help children recognize circles, squares, and more.

PANCHO RABBIT AND THE COYOTE: A Migrant’s Tale. Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. (Harry N. Abrams, $16.95) An allegorical tale about a topic that affects many Latino children, this story helps kids understand some of the reasons and hardships associated with immigration.

NIÑO WRESTLES THE WORLD. Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. (Roaring Book Press, $16.99) A hilarious introduction to the world of lucha libre, the young luchador, Niño, defeats a series of villainous challengers,  like the Guanajuato Mummy, while wearing only his red mask and underwear!

GOOD NIGHT CAPTAIN MAMA. By Graciela Tiscareno-Sato. Illustrated by Linda Lens. (Gracefully Global Group LLC, $16.99) A ground-breaking bilingual book that introduces children to Latinas serving in the military, and honors the latter’s contribution to our country.


  1. says

    Congratulations on this first year of outstanding posting!
    Thanks for this list and for having included in it
    We hope this book will contribute to a better understanding of the richness and diversity of our experiences as Latinos and that it will be a source of pride.
    All best wishes to all the writers and readers of this blog.

  2. says

    I too am honored at being included…more than you know. :-) When you work for years to birth a book, this feels especially awesome and gratifying. PLUS, my son who inspired it is happy! :-)

    Graciela Tiscareno-Sato
    Author of “Good Night Captain Mama / Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá” – the first bilingual children’s picture book teaching young children why women and mommies serve in our nation’s armed forces.

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