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KIDS

BOOKLISTS

Ages 9-12

Great Reads for Latine Heritage Month

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Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by  Kaela Rivera
Privately questioning her remote community's superstitions about dangerous powerful spirits in their Devil's Alley home, Cecelia Rios experiments with the forbidden art of brujería to rescue her kidnapped sister.
Cocinando on Cook Street : A Collection of Mi Familia's Recipes by  Marcela Valladolid
Family is where the heart is, and the heart is our kitchen. Inspired by her own Mexican ancestry and culture, chef Marcela Valladolid's children's cookbook leads readers through the magic and legacy of her family recipes. From homemade chili-lime chips and fresas con crema to arroz rojo and carne asada tacos, there's a recipe for every person and occasion. Everyone will have the opportunity to cook and taste a little bit of Mexico!
Coming Up Cuban by Sonia Manzano
Examines the impact of the 1959 Cuban Revolution on four children from very different walks of life. In the wake of a new regime in Cuba, Ana, Miguel, Zulema, and Juan learn to find a place for themselves in a world forever changed. In a tumultuous moment of history, we see the lasting effects of a revolution in Havana, the countryside, Miami, and New York. Their separate narratives build, overlap, and entwine to create one inspiring story--an adventure that spans towns, cities, nations, and worlds.
Dactyl Hill Squad by  Daniel José Older
It is the summer of 1863, and as the Civil War rages between dinosaur-mounted armies down south, and a tense New York City seems on the brink of exploding into riots, Magdalys Roca and the other children at the Colored Orphan Asylum are trying to survive; but when she receives a letter telling her that her brother Montez was wounded, Magdalys knows that somehow she must reach him--and just possibly her ability to communicate telepathically with dinosaurs may come in handy. Includes bibliographical references.
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Invisible by  Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Can five overlooked kids make one big difference? There's George: the brain. Sara: the loner. Dayara: the tough kid. Nico: the rich kid. And Miguel: the athlete. They're stuck together when they're forced to complete their school's community service hours. Although they're sure they have nothing in common with one another, some people see them as all the same... just five Spanish-speaking kids. Then they meet someone who truly needs their help, and they must decide whether they are each willing to expose their own secrets to help, or if remaining invisible is the only way to survive middle school.
Land of Cranes by  Aida Salazar
Nine-year-old Betita and her parents fled Mexico after her uncle was killed by the cartels, and settled in Los Angeles seeking political asylum and safety in what her father calls Aztlan, the land of the cranes; but now they have been swept up by by the government's Immigration Customs Enforcement, her father deported back to Mexico, and Betita and her mother confined in a family detention camp. Betita finds heart in her imagination and the picture poems her father taught her, but each day threatens to further tear her family apart.
Path to the Stars : My Journey From Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist by  Sylvia Acevedo
The inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Sofía Acosta Makes a Scene by  Emma Otheguy
Sofía Acosta, a fifth grader trying to fit into her ballet-obsessed Cuban American family and her affluent suburban New York community, learns to speak up for herself and others when she mistakenly reveals a visiting dancer's plan to defect to the United States.
The Dragon Slayer : Folktales From Latin America by  Jaime Hernandez
A collection of three Latin American folktales retold in graphic novel form.
Tumble by  Celia C. Pérez
Before she decides whether to accept her stepfather's proposal of adoption, twelve-year-old Adela Ramírez reaches out to her estranged biological father--who is amid a career comeback as a luchador--and the eccentric extended family of wrestlers she has never met, bringing Adela closer to understanding the expansive definition of family.
Twin Cities by  Jose Pimienta
Luis Fernando and Luisa Teresa are twins who learn about who they are and what their sibling means to them when they are sent to different middle schools.
Updated 09/15/2023