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12 Days of Latino Children’s Christmas Books and Activities

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Looking to read Latino Children’s books during this Christmas with your kids?   I’ve got you covered! For 12 days you can read a different book and have fun with your kids doing an activity.

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Day One:  Peru/USA

  • Book:  (Not) Home for Christmas (The Wanting Monster) by Mariana Llanos
  • Activity:  Now who wouldn’t love to make magic reindeer food?  You just need three ingredients!

Day Two:  Spain/USA

 

 

Day Three:  Mexico

Day Four: Puerto Rico/USA

  • Book: Mimís Parranda/La Parranda de Mimí by Lydia M Gil
  • Activity: Gather some instruments and have your own parranda!

Day Five:  Mexico

Day Six:  Dominican Republic

  • Book:  El mejor regalo del mundo: La leyenda de la vieja Belén  by Alvarez
  • Activity: Grab some branches, and make a charamico.

Day Seven: Mexico

Day Eight:  Puerto Rico

Day Nice:   Mexico

  • Book:  The Legend of the Poinsettia  by Tomie dePaola
  • Activity: Make a felt poinsettia .  It’s super easy, and fun to do.
Day Ten:

  • Book:   The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola
  • Activity: Have the kids dressed as Mary, and Joseph and  re-enact las posadas.
Day Eleven: Puerto Rico

Day Twelve: Mexico/USA

I truly hope you and your kids will enjoy yourselves during these 12 days of Latino kid’s books and activities.

¡Feliz Navidad 
son los mejores deseos 
de nuestra familia a la tuya! 

 

Puerto Rican Flamboyant Tree

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Although the Puerto Rican Flamboyant tree is not the island’s national tree, it is one of the most beautiful and recognizable trees across the island.

They are colorful,  and very majestic.  Hailing from Madagascar these exotic trees have adapted to it’s
natural environment on the island.
“El flamboyán” in Spanish is also a familiar Puerto Rican symbol. You will see it in many paintings, drawings, and calendars.  
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Image Source Creative Commons

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When the opportunity arises,  I love to pair a good book with an activity. This is one of them!   The picture book El Flamboyán Amarillo (Spanish Edition) by author by Georgina Lázaro is perfect!

The Yellow Flamboyant tells the story of a young boy and his mother when they come across a beautiful flowering tree during a walk through the countryside. Hoping to have the same tree he decides to takes some seeds with him. The seed took years for the tree to bloom and when it did there was a big surprise!

Extension activities for this book:

  • Review the vocabulary words, and spelling words on with an on-line activity from MacMillan/McGraw-Hill. 
  • Identify cognate words.  I had my son do an exercise on identifying cognate words. I wrote them in Spanish, and had him look for them in the book.  He wrote the English word on the card, and the sentence where he found it.  The words are: 
    • occurencia/occurrence
    • visión/vision
    • transplantar/transplant
    • carpintero/carpenter
    • especial/special
    • junio/June 
    • momento/moment 
    • creación/creation
    • clase/class 
    • ciencia/science 
    • gesto/gesture
    • eternidad/eternity 
    • coral/coral
    • flamboyán/flamboyant
    • secreto/secret
    • sublime/sublime
    • idea/idea 
  • Review vocabulary words from Debbie’s Spanish Learning post from the book here.  
  • Color, draw, or paint a flamboyant tree.  We painted our very own flamboyant tree on a canvas. All you need is a blank canvas,  a picture or painting of the tree. I drew my tree pictured on the right and little one drew his pictured on the bottom, paint, and paint brushes.  

The book is in Spanish, and it’s truly a beautiful story.  You can also teach your child about the life cycle of the plant using this book.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

This post was created for inclusion in All Done Monkey’s 31 Days of ABC’s .  Make sure you scroll to the bottom to read fun activities, crafts and more from each letter of the alphabet. Psst! There’s also a giveaway! Make sure you participate for a chance to win!

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 After taking a break last year due to the arrival of Baby #3, we are back with one of my favorite series, the 31 Days of ABC! You can look forward to 31 more days of activities, crafts, books, apps, and more, all dedicated to teaching young children the alphabet. I am so happy to be working with an amazing group of kid bloggers, who will be sharing their amazing ideas with us in the coming days. And this year for the first year we are also adding a giveaway, so be sure to scroll to the end and enter for a chance to win! So join us as we jump, skip, hop, and read our way through the alphabet this October! Don’t forget to follow our 31 Days of ABCs Pinterest board for even more great ABC ideas!


31 Days of ABCTeaching the ABCs – October 1

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A – October 2

Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: Apple Scented Glitter Glue and Apple Craft

B – October 3

Witty Hoots: How to Make Fabulous Button Bookmarks

C – October 4

Preschool Powol Packets: Construction Truck Preschool Action Rhyme

D – October 5

ArtsyCraftsyMom: Printable Dinosaur Alphabet Sequencing Puzzle

E – October 6

Preschool Powol Packets: Elephant Art Project and Thailand Lesson

F – October 7

Spanglish Monkey: Spanish-English ABC Flashcards

G – October 8

Royal Baloo: Simple Ghost Painting Project

H – October 9

Peakle Pie

I – October 10

Look! We’re Learning!: Insect Activities for Kids

J – October 11

All Done Monkey: Olmec Jaguar Craft

K – October 12

Preschool Powol Packets: I Am a Kite Action Rhyme for Preschool

L – October 13

Raising a Trilingual Child

M – October 14

Creative World of Varya

N – October 15

Peakle Pie

O – October 16

For the Love of Spanish

P – October 17

Little Hiccups

Q – October 18

All Done Monkey

R – October 19

Sugar, Spice & Glitter

S – October 20

Crafty Mama in ME

T – October 21

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

U – October 22

Witty Hoots

V – October 23

Creative World of Varya

W – October 24

Creative World of Varya

X – October 25

All Done Monkey

Y – October 26

Our Daily Craft

Z – October 27

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

123’s – October 28

Hispanic Mama

Prewriting – October 29

Sugar Aunts

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The Jenny Evolution

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Captain Mama’s Surprise/La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá! Review

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I am thrilled to feature this book for Multicultural  Children’s Book Day!

I can’t   find  a better way to celebrate 4th of July with my child than reading Captain Mama’s Suprise/La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá! 

I first heard of Good Night Captain Mamá/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá a few years ago when I won a giveaway from Mommy Maestra.  Since then this book has been a favorite in our home.  So you can imagine my excitement to have yet another quality bilingual children’s book featuring a minority Latina mamá with her children.

Author Graciela Tiscareno-Sato has released her new bilingual children’s book Captain Mama’s Surprise/La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá! This is the sequel to Goodnight Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá highlighting the story of a Latina mom in the military.

We love how this book introduces children to the life of a military Latina mamá, a role often not associated with minorities especially not woman. Graciela Tiscareno-Sato is a trailblazer when it comes to becoming a voice for Latina minorities in the military.

The story is about Captain Mama’s Suprise/La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá.

Marco’s excitement is evident when he, his teacher, and classmates step out of the bus. He’s excited to show his classmates where his mama works.

“Welcome to the KC-135 Aerial Refueling Tanker,” says my Captain Mama with a big smile. “Marco and I have been looking forward to bringing you out to the plane!” she says ruffling my hair.  

That’s an excerpt of the book, and well…… the surprise, you’ll have to read the book with your children to see how it ends!

This bilingual children’s book is a perfect addition for any family or home library. The best part of this book that it’s bilingual! English and Spanish. So your child could  either read it in either languages.

Disclosure:

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.




Mission
Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.
Children’s reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom have teamed up to create an ambitious (and much needed) national event.  On January 27th, Jump into a Book and Pragmatic Mom will be presenting yet another Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day will include book reviews from noted bloggers all over the world, giveaways and book-related activities for young readers of all ages. The MCCBD team is also offering teachers and librarian the chance to earn a FREE hardcover multicultural book for their classroom and library shelves. As a new incentive to schools, the Junior Library Guild has signed as a major sponsor of MCCBD and together we have launched the joint Classroom Diversity Reading Challenge.


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Learning about Geography with the Continent Fortune Teller

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Learning about geography doesn’t have to be boring for the kids.  In fact, you can make a continent fortune-teller! The continent-fortune teller is one of the activities you’ll find in  100 Fun and Easy Learning Games for Kids book by authors, and creators of The Educators’ Spin on It Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij.  

Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.  This activity has been reprinted with permission from the publisher from book 100 FUN & EASY LEARNING GAMES FOR KIDS for purposes of this post. 

We love maps, and globes; and I’m constantly asking my son questions about a country or map. Therefore, choosing this activity to start with was a no-brainer.  I am using the continent fortune-teller to sharpen his skills on information he may have already forgotten.  What I love about this activity is that you can adapt it to your child’s learning level.  You can read the instructions on how to make your own continent fortune-teller below. 

We pulled out our giant world puzzle map and had fun with the fortune teller. We certainly enjoyed doing this activity, but I have to admit there are so many fun learning activities from which to choose from!  All of the activities are easily adaptable.  We will have our long summer days filled with fun learning activities from 100 Fun and Easy Learning Games for Kids book.

Instructions on how-to make the continent fortune teller:
Continent Fortune-Teller
Focus Skill: identifying the seven continents

Materials

Square piece of paper
Pencil
Map or globe

Directions to Make

1. Fold the square paper in half at both diagonals. Crease and unfold. Fold the square again at each middle. Unfold.
2. Bring each corner evenly to the middle of the square.
3. Flip the square over and fold the corners evenly into the middle of the square again.
4. Fold in half and flip over.
5. Place your fingers into the slits and open.
6. Open each triangle and write one of the following on each half: Find North America, Find South America, Point to Australia, Point to Europe, Find Asia, Find Africa, Point to Antarctica, Point and Name an Ocean.
7. To complete the fortune-teller, write numbers 1 to 8 on the inside triangles.

Directions to Play
1. Player one places their fingers in the fortune-teller and opens to show four numbers.
2. Player two picks one of the four numbers and player one moves the fortune-teller back and forth that many times.
3. Player two picks another number. Player one then opens the fortune-teller to read their task.
4. Player two completes the task using the map or globe.
5. The game repeats with player two holding the fortune-teller.

Game Variations
– Write famous landforms, major cities or important landmarks on the inside triangles.
– Use this game to practice math facts. Write a number sentence on each triangle for kids to solve before moving back and forth.
– Write sight words on each triangle. Move the fortuneteller the number of letters in the word. Write a sentence using that word on the inside for them to read out loud.

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Felisa y El Mágico Coquí Spanish Children’s Book

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Felisa Rincón de Gautier is the First Lady of the Americas.  She was the first female mayor of any capital city in the Americas when she was elected as the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico on 1946. She served her term for 22 years through 1968.  

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Today, I’m sharing with you a review of Felisa y el Magico Coqui (Spanish Edition) by Elizabeth Wahn, and illustrator Cristina Fabris.  

I was thrilled when I found a Spanish children’s book about Felisa.  It’s a sweet book that combines both facts from her real life with the illusion of a magical coquí that grants her three wishes.  One of her three wishes was to make a snowman in Puerto Rico, yes, snow! On a tropical island? Is that even possible? Her second wish was to be invited to the White House by the president of the U.S.A. and her last wish to have a heart of gold. 
Felisa Rincón de Gautier was born on January 9, 1897 in Ceiba, Puerto Rico and she was the oldest of eight siblings. Her mother passed away when she was 11 yrs. old, and she was expected to stay home, and help raise her younger siblings.  
Despite that she continued to dream, and was an excellent seamstress. After her siblings left the home it was time for her to go after her own dreams.   She went to New York to go to school, and returned to Puerto Rico and opened who very own business in San Juan.  
Rincón de Gautier was a firm believer in the women’s right to vote and was an active participant in the movement to get as many women registered to vote. When the law allowing women to vote was passed, Rincón de Gautier was the 5th woman to officially register. 
In the children’s book, the magical coquí reappears after she married Jenaro Gautier.  She and her husband were very active in civic duties in the community. In 1946, she ran for and was elected mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
During her leadership, and her years serving San Juan she created jobs, and designed innovative public services and established the first pre-school centers called “Las Escuelas Maternales”, which would eventually become the model for the Head Start programs in the United States.  She also created a a fund program to give poor children gifts during Christmas who would otherwise not receive any gifts. 
She was eventually invited to the White House for her civic duties. During a convention she met the owner of Eastern Airlines. He insisted on giving her a gift, and she instead asked for a gift for the children of Puerto Rico.  She asked him to deliver snow to Puerto Rico! Yes, snow!  For three consecutive years the airline brought snow to Puerto Rico. Doña Fela wanted the children to have the unique experience of seeing snow.  
The children’s book ends with Felisa thanking the coquí for granting all of her wishes.  This is such a beautiful book on one of the most impressive woman of Puerto Rico’s history.  She passed away at the age of 97 on September 16, 1994.   I highly recommend this book, and it’s a must have in any children’s home library.  
If you’re ever visiting Puerto Rico, make sure to check out the Casa Museo Fundación Felisa Rincón de Gautier a museum dedicated to the grand woman, or on your way to Old San Juan you’ll see these beautiful murals below: 

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If you Were Me and Lived in…. A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World

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I am so extremely excited to review for the third consecutive year a multicultural book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!  
This year, I’ve had the opportunity to review, and read with my son three books of author, Carole P. Roman’s  If you were me and live in… series.   These lovely books will take your child around the world, and into the lives of children who live in these countries.   

The series will give you a look into the culture, travel, food, currency, landmarks, traditions of the countries through the eyes of a child.  It’s a children’s geography book that will surely please young and old. (I personally love these books!)
The author’s text are simple yet captivating enough to draw the reader’s attention especially a child. My child was smitten with attempting to read words written in the native language of the country. It also helped that each book has a pronunciation guide at the end.   The illustrations by Kelsea Wierenga combine original landmark photographs with colorful images, and captivating drawings.
If you Were Me and Lived in…. 
…Russia – my child learned the names of Russian children, and about Moscow, and the Red Square. He enjoyed learning how to call us Mom and Dad in Russian; Mamochka and Papochka.  He was excited to read on the games of xoken (hockey on the ice); and fipe which is similar to hide-and-seek. His favorite part of the book was learning about Grandfather Frost, and his granddaughter Snegurochka. 
…Scotland – little one enjoyed what to call us his parents in Scottish, and children’s name.  He was especially captivated on learning that he can buy a stuffed unicorn, the legendary and mythical creature that represents grace, purity, healing, and healing with British pounds. His curiosity peeked when he learned of Nessie the deep water creature that lived in Loch Ness Lake. 
….China – learning about the Great Wall of China, and the giant terracotta or clay army was fascinating. However, preparing for the New Year celebration that lasted for fifteen days made him wonder why we didn’t celebrate for fifteen days, too! 🙂   The food varied depending on where you lived in China, but the cha tea was always served with your meal. 
These were a few of the things that my child learned with the If you Were Me and Lived in…. series books I won’t share them all because you seriously need to read these books with your child.  There’s much to be learned in each book, and I highly recommend that the books in this series be part of your home, school, or local library. 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Spanish Children’s Book

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I seriously squeal at the sight of Spanish children’s book! I was excited when I received this book from my sister in New York. Celebra El Dia De Mlk Jr. Con La Clase De La Sra. Park / Celebrate Mlk Jr’s Day With Mrs. Park’s Class (Cuentos Para Celebrar) (Spanish Edition) (affiliate link)
It’s from Alma Flor Ada’s Celebrate Series. In this book the student’s discuss his famous phrase, “I have a dream…” and how Dr. King wanted equality for all. After a visit to the garden Mrs. Parks students come up with an original idea on how celebrate it.

This is an easy to read book for Spanish language learners.  In this same book the author has a section on who was Martin Luther King, Jr., his life, and his legacy.  

This is a another great book for children to read in Spanish, and learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
Looking for ways to remember Martin Luther King, Jr.?   Read my post on Multicultural Kid Blogs, and check out their series too.  

On the Wings of the Condor Spanish Children’s Book

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Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy take you on a journey of the first inhabitants of Spanish-speaking lands in the children’s book En Alas del Condor (Puertas al Sol) (affiliate link) with beautiful illustrations on  the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of Latin America and their contributions. 
Source:  Chasqui,  condor, Taino,  and palafito

We learned that the first inhabitants of Latin America used the materials, and resources they had available for sustainability.  Indigenous peoples learned how to use plants to combat diseases, and in Venezuela they built their homes on columns above the water levels. From the Andes the Incas built rope bridges to get across tall mountains, and we were amazed on how fast and agile the chasquis were. They created a running and relay system to deliver messages along thousands of miles.  
The indigenous admired everything they saw, and they would reproduce it in clay, woven clothing, and even painted their bodies. From the Antilles the Taino used a unique fishing system, and we were fascinated to learn that corn, potatoes, beans and tomatoes originates from the first inhabitants of Latin America.
Many of the words that we currently use today in Spanish are of indigenous origin, such as canoa, and hamaca. Poncho is another word that comes from Quechua a language of many inhabitants of the Andes, and the word (chocolate) chocolatl comes from the Aztec language Nahuatl.  
The book ends with a beautiful statement on how the descendants of the first inhabitants of Latin America Rosario Castellanos, Julio Cortazar, Gabriela Mistral, Jorge Luis Borges, Juana de Ibarbourou are continually contributing with their music, literature, arts, dances, and crafts. 
This children’s book is also available in English.  You can find a lesson plan on this book here

A special thanks to my sister Diana she actually sent me this book along with many other books in Spanish.  She works for a school district, and this book along with many more were placed in an area for people to take home with them.  If no one wanted them they’d be thrown away. Can you imagine such a thing!?  Anyways, I’m happy that the books that we received will be a part of our home library, and that periodically I will be reviewing for your benefit. 

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Shake it Morena Puerto Rican Folklore

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As the “official” celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month comes to an end that doesn’t mean that we won’t continue to celebrate our beautiful Hispanic Heritage beyond this month-long recognition. 
Throughout the year you can continue to learn about the Hispanic culture through crafts, cooking, books, and songs!  Multicultural Kid Blogs has tons of link-ups with posts about Hispanic culture just make sure you scroll all the way down, and don’t forget to pin for later!

Shake It, Morena! and other Folklore from Puerto Rico by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is a book I highly recommend. The illustrations from Lulu Delacre  are beautiful and look like taken out of a painting!  
I love that this book provides children’s songs, riddles, and short stories about Puerto Rico. It also has the lyrics, and musical symbols so you can play the song.

The illustrations depict Puerto Rican culture and family life. For instance, you can see a picture of a family dinner with avocados and plantains. You can see the beautiful tropical island vegetation with coquies and all! Children with their school uniform (just like the one I used to wear). 
The illustration on the left of this book of the girls in their uniforms is exactly the same uniform we used when I was going to school. 
I have fond memories of growing up singing “Los Pollitos Dicen Pío, Pío, Pío”, chanting “Mi Escuelita” before heading to school, and jumping rope with my sisters, and cousins as we all sang, “Mi Madre y Mi Padre.” These are all songs that my Mamá taught us when we were growing up. These are songs that I myself will be passing along to my child. With this book children can learn about Puerto Rico’s history, games and songs.
Cheki Morena
Cheki, morena, cheki,
Cheki, morena, ¡jue!
¿Que a dónde está
Ese ritmo caramba
Del merecumbé?
Un pasito alante
Y otro para atrás
Y dando la vuelta
Y dando la vuelta
¿Quién se quedará? ¡Jue!
Shake it, brown girl, shake it,
Shake it, brown girl, hey!
 Here are some of our favorites: 
cuando tienen hambre, cuando tienen frío.
La gallina busca el maíz y el trigo
les da la comida y les presta abrigo.
Bajos sus alitas acurrucaditos
hasta el otro día duermen los pollitos.

Mi Escuelita
Mi escuelita, mi escuelita,
Yo la quiero con amor,
Porque en ella, porque en ella,
Es que aprendo la lección.
Por la mañana temprano,
Lo primero que yo hago,
Saludar a mi maestra,
Y después a mi trabajo.
Mi escuelita, mi escuelita,
Yo la quiero con amor,
Porque en ella, porque en ella,
Es que aprendo la lección.

Mi Madre y Mi Padre
Mi madre y mi padre
Viven en la calle
De San Valentín
Número cuarenta y ocho.
Mi padre le dice a mi madre,
Señora, toque el piso,
Señora, dé una vuelta,
Señora, coja sus maletas
y lárguese de aquí.

Pollito, Chicken
Pollito, chicken,
Gallina, hen,
Lápiz, pencil
And pluma, pen.
Ventana, window,
Puerta, door,
Maestra, teacher
And piso, floor.

Brinca la Tablita
Brinca la tablita
Que yo la brinque,
Brinca la tu ahora
Que yo me canse.
Dos y dos son cuatro,
Cuatro y dos son seis,
Seis y dos son ocho,
Y ocho diez y seis.
Hope you enjoy, and use this book in your homeschool, classroom or simply to learn more about Puerto Rico’s rich and beautiful culture.   The book has plenty of activities that can be implemented into the math, social studies, science, writing, reading, and physical education lessons in the classroom. 

If you want to read more children’s book about Puerto Rico read about my top five choices, and it includes Shake it Morena!