Category: Children’s Books

Five-Must Read Chapter Books for Tweens by Latino Authors

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With an upcoming pre-teen (and known as tween) I am always looking for books that he will be interested in reading.  At 9 years old he’s beginning to be selective with what he reads.  However, my main focus will always be a book that he can read in either in both languages Spanish and/or  English,  but that are also written by Latino authors.

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Puerto Rican Flamboyant Tree


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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Children’s Book about Puerto Rico

When my child was born 8 years ago, I had a goal in mind: to find as many children’s book about Puerto Rico so I can share with him.  Little by little, I started  building up my child’s home library. Some of the books listed here we own, others are on my wish list.    On the books that we do own, you’ll see an additional post on how we used it such as an activity or craft or a review on the book.
Since there are so many books on this list,  I broke them down into ten sections with a header so you can learn about Puerto Rico through these books: Notable Figures, Taínos, Flora and Fauna, Popular Culture, Christmas, Folk Tales, Geography, Picture Books, Chapter Books,  and Fiction. 

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

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.


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.

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


Square piece of paper
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.

Categories: Children's Books