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Hispanic Poetry, Nursery Rhymes, and Songs

!Muu, Moo! Rimas de animales/Animal Nursery Rhymes

!Muu, Moo! Rimas de animales/Animal Nursery Rhymes

By: Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy
Illustrated by: Vivi Escriva
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Both traditional and original nursery rhymes featuring animals are presented in this attractively illustrated collection. An introduction is likely to inspire adults and lays a foundation for sharing the rhymes in one or the other language.

Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems

Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems

By: Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by: Maya Christina Gonzalez
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Celebrate city life, school, and family while sharing loss, earthquakes and even Ángeles del mar (sea angels) in vivid illustrations and short poems presented in both Spanish and English. Though some poems are distinctly southern Californian, all resonate with universally recognizable emotions.

Animal Poems of the Iguazu

Animal Poems of the Iguazu

By: Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by: Maya Christina Gonzalez
Genre: Poetry, Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Inspired by a visit to the Iguazu National Park in South America, Francisco X. Alarcón celebrates its animals, skies, waterfalls, and more in these short and vibrant bilingual poems. Each page holds pulsating paintings that swirl and move, further vivifying each poem.

Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games

Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games

By: Lulu Delacre
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A selection of nursery rhymes and games from different countries are presented in this book in both Spanish and English. The rhymes are accompanied by gentle illustrations. Music appears with lyrics (again in both languages) at the end of this pleasing book.

Arroz con Leche

Arroz con Leche

By: Lulu Delacre
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

These traditional rhymes and songs from Latin America are presented in both English and Spanish. Gentle illustrations accompany the short verses, and show both cities and the countryside. Children and adults from Spanish-speaking backgrounds will recognize many of these fun songs and rhymes.

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics

By: Margarita Engle
Illustrated by: Rafael López
Genre: Biography, Poetry
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Lyrical poems introduce a “variety of amazing people …” including Pura Belpre became a New York librarian. She offered “Two Languages at the Library.” Tomas Rivera wrote “Courageous Poetry” and became the first Latino leader at the University of California.  Each short piece is accompanied by a striking portrait. This handsome, accessible volume concludes with a bit of additional information about each subject. 

Confetti: Poems for Children

Confetti: Poems for Children

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Enrique Sanchez
Genre: Poetry, Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Spanish words are incorporated naturally into this bright collection of poems that depict a day's activities in the Southwest. Vivid illustrations complement the verse to evoke the author's Mexican American background.

De Colores and Other Latin-American Folk Songs for Children

De Colores and Other Latin-American Folk Songs for Children

By: Jose-Luis Orozco
Illustrated by: Elisa Kleven
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Bursting with color and spirit, this collection of Latin-American songs is a tribute to Latino culture. From traditional tunes to rhymes and hand games, De Colores has songs for all occasions and moods. Each song is accompanied by simple musical arrangements, with lyrics in both English and Spanish.

Diez Deditos: 10 Little Fingers and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America

Diez Deditos: 10 Little Fingers and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America

By: Elisa Kleven
Genre: Poetry, Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

This attractively animated collection of lively songs and rhyming games is a great opportunity to have fun with language! Written in both English and Spanish, this playful book expands your word game repertoire.

Family Poems for Every Day of the Week / Poemas familiares para cada día de la semana

Family Poems for Every Day of the Week / Poemas familiares para cada día de la semana

By: Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by: Maya Christina Gonzalez
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Every day is a celebration, from Sunday with grandparents to an all-play day Saturday. Short, lively poems are exuberantly illustrated and presented in Spanish and English.

From the Bellybutton of the Moon and other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano

From the Bellybutton of the Moon and other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano

By: Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by: Maya Christina Gonzalez
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The poet remembers summers growing up in Mexico in poems presented in both English and Spanish. Readers meet his family and join them in the everyday joys of the sunny season. Illustrations are as colorful and evocative as the words.

Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English

Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English

By: Alma Flor Ada
Illustrated by: Simon Silva
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Using the alphabet as a pattern, paintings and brief poems explore rural life in Mexico presented first in Spanish and followed by English. From A to Z, brilliant illustrations and fluid poems evoke the plants, and more and the emotional impact on the lives of farm workers.

Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems

Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems

By: Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by: Maya Christina Gonzalez
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Vivid images combine with lively language to present a sunny season with its foods, fun and family in short poems in both English and Spanish.

Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers

Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Paula Barragan
Genre: Poetry, Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Thirteen poems rejoice in Latina women, their diversity, and their roles. This short, illustrated collection celebrates Spanish-speaking countries as well as bilingualism in the United States. Illustrations swirl across each page, combining computer generated and traditional art with energetic results.

Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote

Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote

By: Margarita Engle
Illustrated by: Raul Colón
Genre: Biography, Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A vivid imagination helped Miguel Cervantes to grow beyond a tough childhood and to create a cultural icon: Don Quixote. Luminous illustrations and rich poetry follow young Miguel to adulthood where his creativity triumphs. A note about Cervantes from the author and illustrator conclude this stunning book.

Pio Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes

Pio Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes

By: Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Campoy
Illustrated by: Vivi Escriva
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Rhymes from Spanish speaking countries are presented in Spanish and recreated in English to form a bilingual collection, with attention to the sounds and patterns of both languages. Vivid illustrations complete this appealing book.

Poems to Dream Together

Poems to Dream Together

By: Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by: Paula Barragan
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Dreams are for the day and the night. Children dream for themselves as well as their community and their world. Short poems, richly imagined and vibrantly illustrated appear in English and Spanish and are firmly rooted in a child's experience.

Sol a Sol: Original and Selected Bilingual Poems

Sol a Sol: Original and Selected Bilingual Poems

By: Lori Carlson
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Everyday activities, from sun-up to sun-down — sol a sol — are presented in a series of short poems presented in Spanish and English. Richly hued paintings sweep across the pages adding movement and verve to the simple fluid language.

¡Yum! & ¡Mmmm! ¡Qué Rico!

¡Yum! & ¡Mmmm! ¡Qué Rico!

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Rafael López
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Celebrate the native foods of the Americas — peanuts, blueberries, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and more — through haiku poetry and stunning artwork from award-winning illustrator Rafael López.

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