Enjoy stories from Caribbean islands, including Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Trinidad, Martinique, and the Dominican Republic!

  • Please, Malese! A Trickster Tale from Haiti

    Using his tricky ways, Malese takes advantage of his neighbors, until they catch on, after which he manages to pull an even bigger trick on them. Readers will giggle when they see who gets the best of whom in this fresh and funny trickster tale, illustrated with art that explodes with the brilliant colors of Haiti

  • Shake it Morena!: and other folklore from Puerto Rico

    An illustrated collection of games, songs, traditions, and stories from Puerto Rico. The single folktale, "Legend of the Hummingbird," can be found elsewhere, but most of these games and activities are almost impossible to locate in other library materials. Watercolor illustrations are filled with tropical plants, landscapes, and animals, including 27 lizards children can hunt for in the book.

  • The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico

    A myth from one of the indigenous cultures of the West Indies explains how a golden flower first brought water to the world and how Puerto Rico came into existence. Glowing colors, stylized figures, and overlays are the hallmarks of the eye-catching art, while the spare, clipped prose makes this a folktale beginning readers can tackle.

  • The Bossy Gallito | El gallo de bodas

    In this cumulative Cuban folktale, a bossy rooster dirties his beak when he eats a kernel of corn and must find a way to clean it before his parrot uncle's wedding. Includes a glossary of Spanish words and information about the different birds in the story. Érase una vez un gallito mandón que iba muy limpiecito a la boda de su tío Perico... Hasta que se ensució y quiso que todos lo ayudarán a volver a estar limpiecito. Un libro muy divertido en inglés y español que deleitará tanto a grandes como a chicos.

  • Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach: a Cuban folktale

    Carmen Agra Deedy delivers a deliciously inventive Cuban version of the beloved Martina folktale, complete with a dash of cafe cubano. Martina the beautiful cockroach doesn't know coffee beans about love and marriage. That's where her Cuban family comes in. While some of the Cucarachas offer her gifts to make her more attractive, only Abuela, her grandmother, gives her something really useful: un consejo increible, some shocking advice.

  • Doctor Bird: Three Lookin' Up Tales from Jamaica

    Meet Doctor Bird, the clever, positive-thinking hummingbird found only in Jamaica. Complemented by playful illustrations, this engaging collection of trickster tales from Jamaica features Doctor Bird, a hummingbird gifted with wisdom and magical powers, who teaches Mongoose, Mouse, and Owl some important lessons.

  • Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella

    A Caldecott Honor author/illustrator team brings us a unique Cinderalla story, with a remarkable fairy godmother to tell the tale. Adapted from a traditional Creole story, this fresh retelling captures all the age-old romance and magic of Cinderalla, melding it with the vivid beauty of the Caribbean (Martinique) and the musical language of the islands.

  • A Wave in Her Pocket: Stories from Trinidad

    On the island of Trinidad, Tantie tells the children six stories, some originating in the countries of West Africa, some in Trinidad, and some in her own imagination. Rich in island atmosphere, scratchboard illustrations put the crowning touch on this superbly crafted collection.

  • The Secret Footprints

    Award-winning author Julia Alvarez shares a story based on Dominican folklore about the ciguapas, a tribe of beautiful underwater people whose feet are attached backwards, with their toes pointing in the direction from which they have come, so humans can't follow their footprints.

  • El mejor regalo del mundo The Best Gift of All

    Renowned Latina author Julia Alvarez recreates the legend of Dominican folk character ''La Vieja Belen" in this delightful bilingual rhyming story, beautifully illustrated by Dominican artist Ruddy Nunez. Alvarez's retelling keeps the magic of the traditional account while contributing a down-to-earth, timely moral: ''Of all the gifts you can give, your time is the best gift.''

  • Dance, Nana, dance | Baila, Nana, baila

    A collection of stories from Cuban folklore, representing the cultures of Spain, Africa, and the Caribbean. The tellings are clear and amusing, equally well adapted for reading or for listening; Sayago's acrylic illustrations are bright and bold, with black-outlined, highlighted shapes that almost resemble stained glass.

  • Stories from the Caribbean

    Alternately terrifying, enchanting and exciting the younger reader, each story is illustrated in full color. A collection of folktales from the Caribbean, including "Bre-nancy and the 13 Plantains," "Anana, the Maker," and "The Flying Slaves."