Category: Children’s Books

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.

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

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. 

Multicultural Children’s Book Day mission is to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day event was created by Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.

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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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Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

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Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco is the story of Jacinta, a 12 year-old Mexican-American girl finding herself immersed in a cross-cultural and social status conundrum. In a funny, yet sad twist of fate the lives of a White reporter Kathryn Dawson Dahl and Jacinta’s are intertwined.

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. Thank you! 

“Miss, will you be my Amiga?”
Amiga means “friend” in Spanish, but at the youth center, it meant a lady to take you places.
I never asked myself if two people as different as Miss and me could ever really be amigas.

The White reporter (referred to in the novel as Miss) unexpectedly becomes a mentor for Jacinta. This is where the doors of another world, unbeknownst to Jacinta make way through her life. She’s caught in the middle of emotions, and longing of her own life in the barrio; and the excitement and newness of opportunities to come.
The novelist Judith Robbin Rose does a wonderful job of portraying Jacinta in a way that she can connect with either children in her same situation, or even with children who have never experienced these types of challenges.
I highly recommend this book.

The novel will spark many questions in middle-grade readers, and will provide for a great topic of conversation in today’s news on undocumented immigrants and their American-born children, whom often find themselves in situations just like Jacinta’s.

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A Fish in Foreign Waters A Children’s Book Review

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Being bilingual has it’s advantages and opens the door to a world of new friendships, and relationships. A Fish in Foreign Waters delivers exactly that! This beautiful children’s book by author Laura Caputo-Wickham tells the story of Rosie Ray and how she learns to adapt to a new home, friends, and language!  
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. 
I read this book to my bilingual son, and his bilingual friends.  Ages 5-7 and they loved the story! They quickly identified with the main character Rosie Ray.  The first thing that they mentioned was that they too were bilingual like Rosie, and ate different foods from what their own friends ate. 
Rosie is having a hard time adapting to her new home, and communicating with friends until she realizes that being bilingual is fun!  
This book is a favorite in our home, and must have in any bilingual home’s library. This is a sweet book that any bilingual child can relate to.  It’s rhyming prose is perfect to capture the little one’s attention, and the soft, pastel illustrations are inviting to look at.

This book is a favorite in our home, and must have in any bilingual home’s library.

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