Today's post is part of Multicultural Kid Blogs Hispanic Heritage Month Series! You can join in by linking your own posts below, and be sure to check out all the other great articles that have been published this month listed at the end.
Recently, I became a part of the Barefoot Books publishing company as a Barefoot Books Ambassador. I immediately fell in love with the company because its mission aligned so well with what I strive for in our home: sharing stories with my kids that help them to connect with and value different cultures, countries, languages, and people around the world.
I also loved that company had so many books to offer in Spanish, and that many of the books celebrated Hispanic heritage. We already own most of these on the list below and I can't wait until we have collected and read them all. In the list below you can read excerpts from the Barefoot Books website about each book, and some of my thoughts on what makes these books a must-have for your home or classroom library.
La frontera: El viaje con papá - My Journey with Papa
"Based on a true story! Join a young boy and his father on an arduous journey from Mexico to the United States in the 1980s to find a new life. They’ll need all the courage they can muster to safely cross the border — la frontera — and to make a home for themselves in a new land. Inspired by the childhood immigration experience of co-author Alfredo Alva, this story of perseverance is told in both Spanish and English to empower language-learning. Includes 4 pages of endnotes that unpack facts about Alfredo’s story and other stories like his / borders and borders around the world to help
parents and educators talk with children about immigration, resilience, empathy and belonging."
A Junior Library Guild Selection for the 2018 elementary Spanish category.
Ages 3 to 11 years
Written By: Deborah Mills, Alfredo Alva
Illustrated By: Claudia Navarro
What a moving story. I love how the authors are able to tell this story of such hardship and divisive topics so that kids can see the humanity in it. When immigration is told through the eyes of a child it helps us to understand a broader perspective and to empathize. Great learning topics that stem from this story: geography of Mexico & southwestern United States; history of borders, history of immigration in the US; Reagan presidency; culture of Mexico; and much more! Barefoot Books does such a great job telling stories that get kids wanting to learn more.
Up and Down in the Andes
"This rhyming text takes readers from Lake Titicaca all the way to the city of Cusco for the highly popular Inti Raymi festival, celebrated in
June each year. Children from many areas of southern Peru are traveling to the festival, each using a different mode of transport."
Ages 4 to 10 years
Written By: Laurie Krebs
Illustrated By: Aurélia Fronty
I have not read this one yet, but I can't wait to!! Perú holds a special place in my heart, and all the places in this book I have experienced first hand! I got to visit Lake Titicaca and lived in Cusco, Perú for a month. I can't wait to read to my kids about Inti Raymi and then share with them photos from my trip ten years ago.
Books are such a wonderful way to celebrate and learn about culture and heritage. I hope you can check some of these books out and share them with your family. Let me know what books you love to read to celebrate Hispanic heritage!!
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We are so excited for our seventh annual Hispanic Heritage Month series! Now through October 15, you'll find great resources to share Hispanic Heritage with kids, plus you can link up your own posts on Hispanic Heritage! Find even more ideas on our Latin America Pinterest board:
September 17 Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Three Course Meal Your Kids Can Make to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
September 20 MommyMaestra: Puerto Rico Coloring Activity
September 21 Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes
September 25 For the Love of Spanish
September 26 All Done Monkey
September 27 Crafty Moms Share
October 1 Spanish Playground
October 2 Kids Spanish Book Club
October 3 LadydeeLG
October 4 Kid World Citizen
October 5 Mama Tortuga
October 8 Kids Spanish Book Club
October 9 La Clase de Sra. Dufault
October 10 Embracing Diversity
October 11 Recetas Latinas Veganas
Don't miss all of the great posts from previous years as well: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017