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Children's materials in Spanish/English
- Marta! Big and Small byCall Number: JP ArenaAs Marta explores the jungle, she knows she's bigger than a bug, smaller than an elephant, and faster than a turtle. But then she meets the snake, who thinks Marta is very tasty! But Marta is ingeniosa, a very clever girl, and she outsmarts the snake with hilarious results.
- The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muerto) byCall Number: JP BarnerFollow two children as they celebrate their ancestors on this vibrant holiday. They offer marigolds, sugar skulls, and special bread, and make delicious foods. By spreading marigold petals, they guide the dead home to join the festivities. Finally, after singing and dancing, it's time for bed.
- The Dead Family Diaz byCall Number: JP BracegirdleEvery skeleton in the Land of the Dead is excited to celebrate el Dia de los Muertos with the Living. But not Angelito. His big sister has told him all about their horrifying bulgy eyes and squishy skin. So when Angelito is separated from his family in the Land of the Living, he's petrified--until he makes a new friend who is just as terrified of THEM as Angelito is.
- Marisol Mcdonald Doesn't Match / Marisol Mcdonald no Combina byCall Number: JP BrownMarisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut-brown skin. Polka dots and stripes are her favorite combination. She prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos in her lunch box. To Marisol, these seemingly mismatched things make perfect sense together. Other people wrinkle their nose in confusion at Marisol can't she just choose one or the other? Try as she might, in a world where everyone tries to put this biracial, Peruvian-Scottish-American girl into a box, Marisol McDonald doesn t match. And that s just fine with her.
- Quinito, Day and Night byCall Number: JP CumpianoTold in both English and Spanish, this story introduces young readers to the concept of opposites as it follows young Quinito, whose daily life is just full of opposites.
- How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo Se Dice? byCall Number: JP DominguezHello! Hola! Some people speak Spanish. Some people speak English. Although we may not speak the same language, some things, like friendship, are universal! Follow two young giraffes as they meet, celebrate, and become friends.
- La Princesa and the Pea byCall Number: JP ElyaThe Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling. El principe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn't agree. The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa. But the prince might just have a sneaky plan, too...
- No More, Por Favor byCall Number: JP ElyaThe rain forest is lush with delicious things to eat, but it's also full of terribly picky eaters! Mangoes are too sweet for the baby iguana, bananas are just too yellow for monito (little monkey), and little quetzal can't take even one more squishy avocado. Then fed-up Mamá Macaw has an idea that brings all the kids together to share a meal, and everyone finds exciting new foods to try. And what could be more fun than sharing a feast with friends?
- The Three Billy Goats Buenos byCall Number: JP ElyaHumor abounds in this bilingual twist on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" that dares to ask the question: why is that troll so grumpy anyway?
- Con Pollo byCall Number: JP Fallon (NEW)Meet Pollo, a friendly little chicken who just wants to play all day! Pollo makes any activity more fun. Why just go to the beach when you could go to la playa con Pollo? Do you want to play soccer, or play fútbol con Pollo? Do you want to go dancing, or bailar con Pollo? Whatever you decide to do, you're in for a busy, adventurous day!
- Dias y Dias byCall Number: JP GuyExplore the four seasons in Spanish and English with this brightly illustrated bilingual picture book.
- A Crown for Corina byCall Number: JP Kemp (NEW)Today is Corina's birthday, and she's excited to wear the biggest crown with the most beautiful flowers picked from her abuela's garden.
- Moví la Mano / I Moved My Hand byCall Number: JP LujanWhen a little girl moves her hand, she changes the world as she discovers it. As she moves her known world, she discovers her own power and creates everything anew.
- Mariana and Her Familia byCall Number: JP Mancillas (NEW)Mariana is visiting her abuelita and extended family in Mexico for the first time, and feels overwhelmed by new faces and Spanish phrases she doesn't understand. But with a story, some kindness, and a few new words from Abuelita, Mariana discovers that the love of family knows no cultural divide.
- Mango, Abuela, and Me byCall Number: JP MedinaWhen a little girl's far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language in a tender story written by acclaimed author Meg Medina.
- Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away byCall Number: JP MedinaThe bittersweet story of two girls who will always be each other's número uno, even though one is moving away.
- Dreamers byCall Number: JP MoralesCaldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story in this picture-book tribute to the transformative power of hope and reading.
- Between Us and Abuela byCall Number: JP PerkinsAt Christmas, Maria and her mother and brother visit their grandmother on the border of California and Mexico. For the few minutes they can share together along the fence, Maria and her brother plan to exchange stories and Christmas gifts with the grandmother they haven't seen in years. But when Juan's gift is too big to fit through the slats in the fence, Maria has a brilliant idea.
- My Papi Has a Motorcycle byCall Number: JP QuinteroWhen Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there.
- A Gift from Abuela byCall Number: JP RuizThe first time Abuela holds Nina, her heart overflows with tenderness. Abuela can't help thinking how much she'd like to give Nina a very special treat, so she saves a little bit of her money every week. When the world turns upside down, Abuela's dream of a surprise for Nina seems impossible. Luckily, time spent together -- and the love Abuela and Nina have for each other -- could turn out to be the very best gift of all.
- Round Is a Tortilla byCall Number: JP ThongIn this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stonemetates, triangles are slices of watermelon andquesadillas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal.
- Green Is a Chile Pepper byCall Number: JP ThongIn this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal.
- One Is a Piñata byCall Number: JP ThongOne is a rainbow. One is a cake. One is a piñata that's ready to break! In this lively picture book, children discover a fiesta of numbers in the world around them.
- The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred byCall Number: JP VamosThe tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are woven throughout the text.
- Maisy's Clothes/La Ropa de Maisy byCall Number: BB CousinsYoung children are invited to meet Maisy's favorite animals, check out her wardrobe, see what's on her menu, and peek at what she has in her toy box, all through vibrant, toddler-friendly illustrations by Lucy Cousins identified in both Spanish and English.
- DK Braille: Counting byUses print and braille to teach young readers to count.
- First 100 Lift-The-Flap Bilingual First Words byCall Number: BB PriddyAn engaging introduction to Spanish and English for early learners. Each bright, photographic image is labeled in Spanish--simply lift the flap to reveal the word in English.
Short Chapter Books
- Juana and Lucas byCall Number: J SC MedinaJuana loves many things: drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogota, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to dance class. And she especially does not love learning the English. Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense? But when Juana's abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning, one that Juana will need to speak English to go on, Juana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all.
- Stella Diaz Has Something to SayCall Number: J SC DominguezIntroducing Stella Diaz, a sweet new young middle-grade character who will win your heart! When a new boy named Stanley arrives in Stella's class, she really wants to be his friend, but sometimes Stella accidentally speaks Spanish instead of English and pronounces words wrong, which makes her turn roja.
- Stella Diaz Never Gives Up byCall Number: J SC DominguezWhen Stella and her family take a trip to Mexico, Stella is saddened by the pollution in the ocean, and gets help from family and friends to make a big difference in the community. Book 2.
- Funny Bones byCall Number: JB PosadaFunny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras--skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities--came to be.
- Planting StoriesCall Number: JB BelpreAn inspiring picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian, who championed bilingual literature.
- 삼성조 이야기= Stories of Ancient KoreaCall Number: J 398.209 STORIESIncludes parallel text written in Korean and English.
- ¡Muu, Moo! byCall Number: J 398.8 ADAThis heartwarming bilingual collection of traditional animal nursery rhymes from Spain, Latin America, and the United States will delight readers young and old. From the call of the rooster to the chirp, chirp of the cricket, these seventeen poems in both English and Spanish have been handpicked by distinguished authors Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, who have also included five of their own original poems in this anthology.
- 1,000 Spanish Words byCall Number: J 463.2 BERLITZBooks in this series aim to help children build their vocabulary in a target foreign language. This title presents 1000 entries for terms in Spanish and English with corresponding illustrations to show usage. The illustrations invite conversation between children and their parents.
- 500 Everyday Words in Spanish byCall Number: J 468 USBORNEEveryday Words encourages word/object association--great for beginning readers. Also includes a vocabulary builder and spelling guide.
- First Hundred Words in Spanish byCall Number: J 468.1 AMERYA wonderful picture-word book perfect for getting children started in Spanish. A complete alphabetical list with an easy phonetic guide to Spanish is also included.
- Viva Frida byCall Number: J 759.972 MoralesFrida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases.
- Salsa byCall Number: J 861.64 ARGUETAIn this new cooking poem, Jorge Argueta brings us a fun and easy recipe for a yummy salsa. A young boy and his sister gather the ingredients and grind them up in a molcajete, just like their ancestors used to do, singing and dancing all the while. The children imagine that their ingredients are different
parts of an orchestra. When they are finished, their mother warms tortillas and their father lays out plates, as the whole family, including the cat and dog, dance salsa in mouth-watering anticipation.
Books on CD
- Hop, Skip, and Sing Spanish for Kids byCall Number: BCD J LombaSongs + fun and games = little language learners! What better way to capture children's attention and open their minds to a new language than with catchy tunes, giggle-inducing games, and beloved fairy tales? Award-winning author Ana Lomba presents Hop, Skip, and Sing Spanish for Kids, an interactive program that will help you teach Spanish to children ages two though seven. Based on the author's proven "Easy Immersion" methodology, this audio package offers 25 songs and games that use repetition and active participation to make language learning a snap while encouraging children to sing, play, and act silly for maximum fun.