Welcome to Book Explorers! It’s like a book club for kids that you can do anytime, anywhere. This month, we're celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of people whose families come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
This Month’s Books
Check out these books from any Denver Public Library location.
Books in English
Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina - Mia is not sure how to feel about her grandma coming to live with her family. Mia speaks English, while her abuela speaks Spanish. A heartwarming picture book about a child and grandma connecting across languages.
Camila the Video Star by Alicia Salazar - How can Camila describe her hometown of L.A. in a video project? Readers will love the upbeat story and bright, cartoony illustrations in this beginning reader.
The Haunted House Next Door (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol #1) by Andres Miedoso - Andres and his family move into a new house, only to discover it’s haunted. Luckily, their new next-door neighbor is Desmond Cole, an expert at handling ghosts. The first book in a series that’s perfect for kids just starting to read chapter books.
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper and Raúl the Third - Three friends, Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria, go on an out-of-this-world adventure to find the parts to fix up their car for the Universal Car Competition. This graphic novel has detailed, inventive illustrations, all done with ballpoint pens.
The Rise of the Halfling King (Tales of the Feathered Serpent #1) by David Bowles - This fantasy adventure graphic novel about a brave halfling on a quest to stop a giant snake was inspired by Mesoamerican mythology.
Miles Morales: Shock Waves, a Spider-Man Graphic Novel by Justin A. Reynolds - Miles Morales, the Afro-Latino Spiderman from Brooklyn, discovers a sinister plot in this fast-paced graphic novel.
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez - In this funny, relatable chapter book, Malú moves to a new school and tries to find a way to embrace her beloved punk and her Mexican-American heritage at the same time.
Books in Spanish
Mango, abuela y yo by Meg Medina
Salsa: Una poema para cocinar by Jorge Argueta and Duncan Tonatiuh - This bilingual cooking poem follows two kids while they prepare salsa with help from their family members.
La matadragones: cuentos de Latinoamérica by Jaime Hernandez - A comic artist brings to life three classic Latin American tales with vivid illustrations.
Cosas que nunca cambian by Richard Zela - It’s the Day of the Dead in Mexico City, and Norita is excited to celebrate. Only, this time, the city seems to be in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. This graphic novel is a witty and wild adventure.
La primera regla del punk by Celia C. Pérez
Before You Read: Talk About Identity
Hispanic Americans are people who live in the United States who speak Spanish or are descendants of Spanish-speaking peoples. Some people also identify as Latinx, Latino or Latina if they are from a country in Latin America or descended from people from a country in Latin America. And some people call themselves Chicano or Chicana. Those words mean someone is from Mexico or descended from someone who is from Mexico. Some people describe themselves as Afro-Latinx. That means they descend from people from Africa and Latin America.
There are lots of words to describe who you are. What words do you use to describe yourself?
Activity: Family Stories
Learn about vibrant Chicana artist and author Carmen Lomas Garza through her book Family Pictures: Cuadros de familia. Garza is known for telling her family stories through illustrations of family traditions and community.
Think about what you do with your family. What story would you like to share?
- Think of one of your family stories. It can be a birthday, holiday, vacation or just something you do with your family.
- Picture a part of your story in your head. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell?
- Draw your story: Where you are (house, backyard, bedroom, the park), who you are with, what you are doing.