The Day of the Dead, a celebration originating in Mexico, occurs in connection with the religious holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, on November 2. November 1 is also known as Día de los Inocentes, Day of the Innocents, for remembrance of deceased infants and children, also called angelitos, the little angels.
In addition to the documentary, Food for the Ancestors, the library has several books that shed light on this festive holiday.
All books listed are printed with both Spanish and English text.
- Day of the Dead: a Passion for Life / Dia de los Muertos: Pasion por la Vida by Mary J. Andrade
- Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico / A Través de los Ojos del Alma, Dia de Muertos en México by Mary J. Andrade
- Day of the Dead in Mexico. Mexico City, Mixquic & Morelos / Día de Muertos en México Ciudad de México, Mixquic y Morelos by Mary J. Andrade
- Day of the Dead II : Skulls and Laughter / Día de Muertos II : Risa y Calavera
- The Days of the Dead: Mexico's Festival of Communion with the Departed / Los Días de Muertos: Un Festival de Comunión con los Muertos en México by Rosalind Rosoff Beimler; photographs by John Greenleigh
Books for Kids:
- The Day of the Dead / El Día de los Muertos by Bob Barner; translated by Teresa Mlawer
- Day of the Dead / Día de los Muertos by Kerrie Logan Hollihan; traducción al español Ma. Pilar Sanz
- The Festival of Bones: The Little-Bitty Book for the Day of the Dead / El Festival de las Calaveras by Luis San Vicente; translation by John William Byrd & Bobby Byrd
Nice! We have some more resources for kids -
and some en español -