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Island Counting 1 2 3

Island Counting 1 2 3

Genre:
Nonfiction
Age Level:
0-3
Reading Level:
Pre-Reader

Count people and animals doing what they do on a Caribbean island. From one to ten, the rhyming text combines with brightly colored, child-like illustrations to produce the sense of place and people.

Mud City: A Flamingo Story

Mud City: A Flamingo Story

Genre:
Nonfiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

The creator of this book visited the Inagua National Park in the Bahamas to tell a dramatic story of how the elegant pink flamingos live, thrive, and even survive a hurricane on their protected island home. Dramatic paintings and a vibrant narrative will inform and inspire young readers.

Nina Bonita

Nina Bonita

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

This delightful book is set on a Caribbean island and features a little white rabbit who admires a beautiful black girl. He asks her what her secret is and she tells him to drink lots of black coffee and to eat lots of black beans. He doesn't give up though and in the end finds what change he can make.

The Bossy Gallito /Bossy Gallito / El gallo de bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale

The Bossy Gallito /Bossy Gallito / El gallo de bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Travel with Bossy Rooster to his uncle's wedding. Of course the road is not entirely smooth in this cumulative, handsomely illustrated tale from Cuba — and that's when the fun begins!

The Banza: A Haitian Story

The Banza: A Haitian Story

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Vivid colors depict the Haitian setting for a tale in which a goat uses the banza, a banjo, given to him by a tiger, for protection in an unforeseen way. The traditional tale is retold in a way ideal for sharing aloud, and is complemented by expressive illustrations.

Angelina's Island

Angelina's Island

Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Every day, Angelina tells her mother she wants to go home. Not to their new city home, cold and gray and unfamiliar — but their old island home in Jamaica, sunny and colorful and filled with rainbow-colored fruits and birds. Angelina believes she'll never feel at home in this new place, until her mother finds a wonderful surprise in the newspaper. A beautiful tribute to the traditions of the West Indies, Carnival, and the longing for home that young immigrants will recognize immediately.

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré book cover

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

What happens when you plant a seed? With a bit of care, something grows. The first children’s librarian from Puerto Rico, Pura Belpré (for whom an American Library Association literary award is named) planted seeds of stories throughout New York City where she worked, introducing children to tales from her homeland in Spanish and English. Illustrations bring the time and period to life.

Looking for a Jumbie

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales, Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Naya’s mom says jumbies aren’t real but on a night with a full moon, the little girl goes out to find one. Instead, she meets other creatures straight from Caribbean folklore. Rich colors and not-too-scary characters combine with an engaging narration ideal for sharing aloud.

Under the Sunday Tree

Under the Sunday Tree

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Poetry
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Poetry and vibrant paintings in the primitive style by a recognized Bahamian artist create memorable portrayals in this unique collaboration of words and images.

Celia Cruz: Queen of Salsa

Celia Cruz: Queen of Salsa

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Celia Cruz began singing on the streets of Havana as a child. She grew up to become a legendary singer and lasting influence on salsa. Bright, bold illustrations echo the vibrancy of the music in this handsome picture book biography.

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges