One of the best ways to celebrate a particular culture is through the words and imagery that those within that community create – like the following must-read Latino children’s books. We have gathered up these inspiring and vibrant books with a wide range of voices to celebrate Latinos and Latinas. There’s something great for every young reader amongst these fiction and nonfiction reads.

Latino Children's Book | Mother of Sharks

During a visit to the beach as a girl, Meli meets a crab who whisks her away on a fantastical adventure. This experience encourages Meli to study sharks and other misunderstood creatures.

Blending the autobiographical with the fantastical, Melissa Cristina Márquez shares her story not only to dispel myths about misunderstood creatures but also to pave the way for Latinas in STEM.

Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela – try fitting that on a single line when you’re first learning how to write your name. When Alma asks her father why she has so many names.

As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all—and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell.

Latino Children's Book | Alma and How She Got Her Name
Latino Children's Book | Mango, Abuela and Me

Mia is thrilled when her grandmother (Abuela), who has always lived far away, comes to stay with Mia and her family. Abuela doesn’t speak English, but over time they teach one another their languages and form a close bond.

This cross-generational story is ideal for families navigating their own language journeys.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Lola’s family celebrates their culture every day through food, music, and stories. But Lola doesn’t understand why they had to leave, or what it means that she can’t remember her birthplace.

As her family and friends begin to share their memories of their island, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.

Latino Children's Book | Islandborn
Latino Children's Book | Paletero Man

Written by Latin Grammy-winning musician Lucky Diaz, join a young boy through the streets of his neighborhood as he runs to catch up the Paletero Man.

With English and Spanish text side-by-side, this bilingual book brings the colorful flavors of one neighborhood to life.

When Areli was just a baby, her mama and papa moved from Mexico to New York with her brother, Alex, to make a better life for the family–and when she was in kindergarten, they sent for her, too.

Written by a DACA Dreamer, Areli Morales tells her own powerful and vibrant immigration story in this children’s book.

Areli is a Dreamer
Latino Children's Book | Carmela Full of Wishes

When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, she’s excited to finally be old enough to run the family errands with her big brother. And when she finds a dandelion right outside the laundromat, her brother reminds her she’ll have to make a wish before blowing it out. But how will she decide what to wish for?

Spend a day in the life of a young boy in Puerto Rico as he ventures into San Juan to look for his Papi.

Happy piragüeros, mischievous cats, and colorful musicians color this tale of love, family, and the true meaning of home in this Latino children’s book.

Across the Bay

Everyone has to start somewhere, and Selena began her singing career at quinceañeras and other small venues. As her popularity grew, so did the platforms — until she could fill entire stadiums with adoring fans.

Ana loves stories so much that she often makes them up to help her little brother fall asleep. But in her small village there are only a few books and she has read them all. One morning, Ana wakes up to a traveling library resting on the backs of two burros.

This book is inspired by efforts of real-life librarian Luis Soriano.

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