The City Library: Library Journal's Library of the Year 2006
Booklists by Subject
Books in English and in Spanish
Alien Invaders/Invasores Extraterrestres
Bugs in the garden? Or are they really alien invaders? A small child compares the physical resemblance of small garden creatures to what they know of space invaders.
Alphabet Fiesta: an English/Spanish Alphabet Story
Zelda the zebra's friends are planning on attending her surprise birthday fiesta. Each page starts with a different letter of the alphabet and shows both an animal whose name begins with that letter and the present that they are bringing to Zelda.
Amelia's Show and Tell Fiesta/Amelia y la Fiesta de "Muestra y Cuenta"
Excited about the first "show and tell" in her new American kindergarten, Amelia brings in her special Fiesta dress from Cuba.
Are You My Mother?/Eres Tu Mi Mama?
A baby bird is born while his mother is away. He sets out to look for her, and asks everyone he meets, including a dog, a cow, and a plane--"are you my mother?"
Although mistreated by her stepmother, stepsisters, Cinderella meets her prince with the help of her fairy godmother. Part of a series of a bilingual fairytales by this author.
When increasing numbers of sheep in a rainbow of colors appear in a man's bedroom as he tries to fall asleep, he must resort to more and more elaborate means of removing them.
Dogs! Dogs!/Perros! Perros!
Where are all the dogs going? Find out and improve your language skills at the same time.
The Empanadas that Abuela Made
Told in the style of cumulative folk song, a grandmother makes empanandas, a traditional Hispanic treat, for her family. Includes recipe!
Although Tomasito's spina bifida keeps him in a wheelchair, where he often feels as confined as his flightless and featherless pet bird, he discovers that he can feel free when he is on the soccer field.
The Fiesta of the Tortillas/La Fiesta de las Tortillas
The author, who remembers the fragrant dishes prepared at his family's restaurant in El Salvador, recounts a mystery from his childhood involving tortillas.
Gathering the Sun: an ABC in English and Spanish
A book of poems about working the fields and nature's bounty. Each page for each letter of the Spanish alphabet.
A child describes how each person in the family has hair that looks and acts different, Papa's like a broom, Kiki's like fur, and Mama's like the smell of warm bread.
I Could Catch a Whale/Yo Podria Pescar una Ballena
Andy's family is too busy to take him fishing so he lets his imagination take him to a wondrous place.
If I Had a Dragon/Si Yo Tuviera un Dragon
Tired of playing with his little brother, a boy imagines having a dragon for a playmate instead.
Let's Go: a Book in Two Languages/Vamos: un Libro en Dos Lenguas
Captioned illustrations and text in English and Spanish present scenes at such locations of an airport, a picnic, and a camping trip.
The Little Hen in the City/La Gallinita en la Ciudad
Remembering her grandfather's promise to fly over from El Salvador to visit anytime she wants to see him, Natalia is determined to help the guinea hen she sees fly by her window in the city.
While trying to make tortillas for her seventh birthday, Magda tries to make perfectly round ones like those made by her grandmother, but instead creates a variety of wonderful shapes.
Mama Goose: a Latino Nursery Treasury/un Tresoro de Rimas Infantiles
Presents lullabies, finger plays, nursery rhymes, games, riddles, proverbs, and more in English and Spanish.
Moony Luna/Luna Lunita Lunera
Five-year-old Luna doesn't want to go to school, but when her parents assure her that she will have a wonderful time playing and learning, she decides to give it a try.
Mother Goose on the Rio Grande
Bilingual nursery rhymes, riddles, songs, and games introduce the language and culture of Mexico and the American Southwest.
My Name is Celia: the Life of Celia Cruz/Me Llamo Celia: la Vida de Celia Cruz
An exuberant picture book biography of the Cuban-born salsa singer.
My Pal Victor/Mi Amigo, Victor
Two Latino boys experience carefree camaraderie despite one boy's disability. Fun and friendship overpower physical limitations.
My School/Mi Escuela
A diverse group of children happily engage with one another and their teacher as they work in the classroom and play at recess.
My Shapes/Mis Formas
One in a series of board books that feature one or two words per language per page along with a cut-paper collage in bright colors. Ideal for infants and toddlers!
Las Nanas de Abuelita/Grandmother's Nursery Rhymes
A collection of traditional South American nursery rhymes in both Spanish and English.
Oh, Crumps! - Ay, Caramba!
Farmer Felandro is in dire need of a good night's sleep, but keeps getting awakened again and again by his farm animals.
Pio Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes
A collection of more than two dozen nursery rhymes in Spanish, from Spain and Latin America, with English translations.
The Rowdy, Rowdy Ranch
On the first visit to El Rancho Grande in Mexico, a Mexican-American boy hears the stories of how his grandfather bought it "for a song".
Ruben's Jungle/La Selva de Ruben
When Ruben falls asleep, he has fun adventures with exotic jungle animals.
Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup/Caldo, Caldo, Caldo
The children watch Mama make soup and go with Papa to get tortillas before enjoying the results of her hard work.
Sparky's Bark/El Ladrido de Sparky
When young Lucy travels from Latin America to visit relatives in Ohio, she is very homesick until she realizes that the only way to communicate with her cousin's frisky dog is to learn to speak English.
Super Cilantro Girl/Supernina de Cilantro
Eight-year-old Esmeralda is transformed into a superhero and flies off to rescue her mother, who visited Mexico without her green-card and is not being permitted to return to the United States.
Tortillitas Para Mama
A collection of nursery rhymes, in English and Spanish, collected from the Spanish community in the Americas, many with instructions for accompanying finger plays or other activities.
Uncle Chente's Picnic
A big rainstorm and a power failure during a Fourth of July picnic in honor of Uncle Chente cause a change in plans, resulting in a very special family gathering.
Uno, Dos, Tres/One, Two Three
Pictures depict two sisters going from shop to shop, buying presents for their mother. Rhyming text presents the numbers one through ten in English and Spanish.
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