May is Latino Books Month! Many of the books in this list are Pura Belpre award winners or honor books.  The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. It is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

  • Viva Frida

    Brief text, in both English and Spanish, accompanies the beautifully photographed puppetry and illustrations of Yuyi Morales who captures the passionate, imaginative life of artist Frida Kahlo.

  • Maria had a little llama

    In this bilingual version of the classic rhyme, set in Peru, Maria takes her llama to school one day.

  • Last stop on Market Street

    A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things. Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor and Caldecott Honor book.

  • The old man and his door

    Misunderstanding his wife's instructions, an old man sets out for a party with a door on his back.

  • Maybe something beautiful

    Mira lives in a gray and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors.

  • What can you do with a paleta?

    A young Mexican American girl celebrates the paleta, an icy fruit popsicle, and the many roles it plays in her lively barrio.

  • Niño wrestles the world

    Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.

  • Abuela

    While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City.

  • The cazuela that the farm maiden stirred

    A cumulative 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.

  • From north to south / Del norte al sur

    When his mother is sent back to Mexico for not having the proper immigration papers, José and his father travel from San Diego, California, to visit her in Tijuana.

  • Tomás and the library lady

    While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomás finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.

  • Mango, Abuela, and me

    Mia is unsure of what to think when her grandma, Abuela, comes to live with her. They two don't even share a common language. Through trial and error, persistence and a feathered friend, Mia and Abuela find new ways to communicate. A heartfelt tale of love.

  • Dalia's wondrous hair

    A Cuban girl transforms her long and unruly hair into a garden. Includes information about plants and animals native to Cuba, as well as directions for creating your own butterfly garden.

  • Drum dream girl : how one girl's courage changed music

    Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba.

  • Zapato Power : Freddie Ramos takes off

    Freddie finds a mysterious package outside his apartment containing sneakers that allow him to run faster than a train, and inspire him to perform heroic deeds.

  • Lola Levine is not mean!

    Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher, and the best friend ever, Josh, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess for having accidentally hurt classmate Juan during a soccer game.

  • Luz makes a splash

    When the city restricts water usage, Luz, with her friends and neighbors, strive to conserve and reuse what little water they have access to and protest the new soda factory using the spring water at a nearby pond.

  • Esperanza rising

    Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers.

  • The dreamer

    A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world.

  • Call me Maria : a novel

    Fifteen-year-old Maria leaves her mother and their Puerto Rican home to live in the barrio of New York with her father, feeling torn between the two cultures in which she has been raised.

  • Island treasures : growing up in Cuba

    The author presents a collection of autobiographical stories documenting her childhood in Cuba, including "Where the Flame Trees Bloom," "Under the Royal Palms," and "La Quinta Simoni.

  • The only road

    Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel.