Bilingual Books Recommended at CELL’s 2014 Conference

Bilingual Books

Bibliography for the presentation, Effectively Communicating with Hispanic Families

by Alejandra Gomez and Jane Gangi 2014 conference

for Mount Saint Mary College Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning’s

prepared by Jane M. Gangi, PhD

 

Children can use their first language to gain independence in their second language. These books can help, especially if children can identify what is common between the first and second language.

 

Picture Books: Biography

Bernier-Grand, Carmen, & David Diaz (Illus.). (2004). César: ¡Si, se puede! Tarrytown, NY: Cavendish.

WorldCat description: Stylized illustrations by aCaldecott Medalist accompany lyrical prose and poems in this celebration of the life of Cesar Chavez. This thoughtful and beautiful biography illuminates not only the events that made up the great labor leader’s life, but also the ideals and inspiration that are his legacy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brown, Monica, & Rafael López (Illus.). (2004). My name is Celia: The life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz. Flagstaff, AZ: Luna Rising.

WorldCat description: A bilingual portrait of the “Queen of Salsa” describes her childhood in Cuba, her musical career, and her move to the United States, and explains how her music brought her native Cuba to the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Brown, Monica, & John Parra (Illus.). (2005). My name is Gabriela: The life of Gabriela Mistral/Me llamo Gabriela: La vida de Gabriela Mistral. Flagstaff, AZ: Luna Rising.

WorldCat description: Gabriela Mistral loved words, sounds and stories. Born in Chile, she would grow to become the first Nobel Prize-winning Latina woman in the world. As a poet and a teacher, she inspired children across many countries to let their voices be heard.

 

 

 

 

González, Lucía, & Lulu Delacre (Illus.). (2008). The storyteller’s candle: La velita de los cuentos. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood’s first Three Kings’ Day fiesta.

 

 

 

 

Marín, Guadalupe Rivera, & Diego Rivera (Paintings). (2009). My papa Diego and me/Mi papá Diego y yo. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: En este libro ilustrado para niños con el arte de Diego Rivera, la hija de Rivera y Guadalupe Marín nos cuenta algo de su niñez y del arte de su padre.

In this book for children, which is illustrated with paintings by Diego Rivera, the daughter of Rivera and Guadalupe Marín tells us about her childhood and about her father’s art.

 

 

 

Mora, Pat, & Raul Colón (Illus.). (1997). Tomás and the library lady. New York, NY: Knopf.

WorldCat description: While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomás finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.

 

 

 

 

Picture Books: Contemporary Realism

Argueta, Jorge, & Elizabeth Gómez (Illus.). (2005). Moony Luna/Luna, Lunita Lunera. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: Five-year-old Luna is afraid she will find monsters at her new school until a kind teacher and her new classmates show her that she has nothing to fear.

 

 

 

 

 

Brown, Monica, & Sara Palacios (Illus.) (2013). Marisol McDonald and the clash bash/Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual. New York, NY: Children’s Book Press/Lee & Low Books.

WorldCat description: A unique, spunky, multiracial, bilingual girl plans a one-of-a-kind birthday party and hopes her abuelita (grandma) will be able to come from Peru to join the festivities. Includes an author’s note and glossaries”–

 

 

 

 

Cohn, Diana, & Francisco Delgado (Illus.). (2002). ¡Si, Se Puede!/Yes, we can!: Janitor strike in L.A. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos.

WorldCat description: When Carlitos’s mother and the other cleaners go on strike for higher wages, Carlitos cannot think of a way to support his mother until he sees her on television making a speech, and then he gets his class to help him make a sign to show his pride.

 

 

Cumpiano, Ina, & José Ramírez (Illus.). (2005). Quinito’s neighborhood/El vecindario de Quinito. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: Quinito describes the members of his family and some of the people in his neighborhood and what they do, from his mother the carpenter and his father the nurse to his teacher and his wife, the school crossing guard.

 

Herrera, Juan Felipe, & Ernesto Cuevas, Jr. (Illus.). (2004). Featherless/Desplumado. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: 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.

 

 

 

 

Laínez, René Colato, & Joe Cepada (Illus.). (2010). From north to south: Del norte al sur. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: When his mother is sent back to Mexico for not having the proper immigration papers, José and his father travel from San Diego, California, to visit her in Tijuana.

 

 

 

 

Nicholson, Caitlin Dale, with Leona Morin-Neilson. (2008). Niwechihaw/I Help. Toronto, Canada: Groundwood Books.

WorldCat description: Written and illustrated by members of the Tahltan and Cree nations, this sweet, simple story looks at a very special relationship. A young boy goes for a walk with his kohkom, or grandmother, listening, picking, praying, eating . . . just as she does. In doing so, he begins to learn the rich cultural traditions and values of his Cree heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

Shin, Sun Yung, & Kim Cogan (Illus.). (2004). Cooper’s lesson. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: When Cooper, a biracial Korean-American boy, feels uncomfortable trying to speak Korean in Mr. Lee’s grocery, his bad behavior eventually leads to a change in his attitude.

 

 

 

 

 

Tran, Truong, & Ann Phong (Illus.). (2003). Going home, coming home. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: A young girl visits her grandmother in Vietnam where her parents were born and learns that she can call two places home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Books: Fantasy

Ada, Alma Flor & Dominguez, Angela. (2010). !Quiero ayudar!/ Let me help! San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: A pet parrot tries to help his human family prepare for the Cinco de Mayo festivities in San Antonio, Texas.

 

 

 

 

Garza, Xavier. (2005). Lucha Libre: The man in the silver mask/A bilingual cuento. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos.

WorldCat description: When Carlitos attends a wrestling match in Mexico City with his father, his favorite masked-wrestler has eyes that are strangely familiar.

 

 

 

 

 

Hayes, Joe. (2013). Don’t say a word mama/ No digas nada, mama. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos.

WorldCat description: Sisters Rosa and Blanca are so kind, thoughtful, and generous–and such good gardeners–that their Mamá who lives between the two winds up with a great deal of corn, tomatoes, and red hot chiles.

 

 

 

Robles, Anthony D, & Carl Angel (Illus.). (2003). Lakas and the Manilatown fish/Si Lakas at ang Isdang manilatown (Eloisa D. de Jesus and Magdalena de Guzman, Trans.). San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: A boy, his father, and an increasing number of people rush through the streets of San Francisco’s historic Filipino American neighborhood, Manilatown, in pursuit of a fish that can talk and jump and play.

 

 

 

Rodríguez, Artemio. (2006). The king of things/El rey de las cosas. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos.

WorldCat description: As he plays with lottery cards and looks at the pictures, three-year-old Lalo thinks that he owns the world, including the sun, a big train, and a frog.

 

 

 

 

Concept Books: Alphabet

Weill, Cynthia, K. B. Basseches, & Moisés & Armando Jiménez (wood sculptures from Oaxaca). (2007). Abecedarios: Mexican folk art ABCs in English and Spanish. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos.

WorldCat description: Este libro ilustrado para niños presenta el alfabeto usando esculturas de animales talladas de madera y pintadas por la familia Jiménez, descendientes de Manuel Jiménez de Oaxaca, un fundador de ese tipo de arte folklórico.

 

 

 

 

Concept Books: Colors

Gonzalez, Maya Christina. (2007). My colors, my world: Mis colores, mi mundo. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: Maya, who lives in the dusty desert, opens her eyes wide to find the colors in her world, from Papi’s black hair and Mami’s orange and purple flowers to Maya’s red swing set and the fiery pink sunset.

 

 

 

 

Luján, Jorge, & Piet Grobler (Illus.). (2008). Colors!/¡Colores! Toronto, Canada: Groundwood Books.

This bilingual, bicultural book presents us with a beautiful vision of a planet in which nature, words and the rising and setting of the sun and the moon exist in harmony.

 

 

Weill, Cynthia, & Folk Art by Artisans from Oaxaca (Illus.). Colores de la vida/Mexican folk art colors in English and Spanish. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos.

WorldCat description: Learn the names of the colors with Mexican folk art.

Aprende los nombres de los colores con arte folklórico mexicano.

 

 

 

Concept Books: Counting

Byrd, Lee Merrill, & Francisco Delgado (Illus.) (2010). Juanito counts to ten/Johnny cuenta hasta diez: A bilingual counting book. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos.

WorldCat description: A bilingual counting book covering the numbers one to ten, all delivered up by little Johnny with the most delicious kisses.

Un libro bilingüe para contar del uno al diez. Lo que Juanito cuenta son los besos.

 

 

 

Concept Books: Interjections

Park, Linda Sue, Julia Durango, & Sue Ramá (Illus.). (2005). Yum! yuck! A foldout book of people sounds. Cambridge, MA: Charlesbridge.

WorldCat description: At a busy street market, kids are happily eating ice cream. But disaster strikes when a little dog overturns a spice cart, showering pepper on everyone’s ice cream. Will the kids end up crying or cheering? Energetic art and a lift-the-flap feature make exploring language fun.

 

 

 

Poetry: Collections and Anthologies

Alarcón, Francisco X, & Paula Barragán (Illus.). (2005). Poems to dream together/Poemas para sonar juntos. New York, NY: Lee & Low Books.

WorldCat description: Bilingual poems for children written for children of Mexican American families.

 

 

 

 

 

Hinojosa, Tish, & Lucia Angela Perez (Illus.). (2002). Cada niño/every child: A bilingual songbook for kids [Book and CD]. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos.

WorldCat description: Presents eleven bilingual songs, complete with lyrics, music, and guitar chords, that teach children about the rich mixture of Latino and American culture that is spreading out from the border across the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

Mora, Pat, & Enrique O. Sanchez (Illus.). (1996). Confetti: Poemas para niños. New York, NY: Lee & Low Books.

WorldCat description: Poems celebrating the beauty of the Southwest as experienced by a Mexican American girl who lives there.

 

 

 

 

 

Mora, Pat, & Rafael López (Illus.). (2007). Yum!¡MmMm! Qué rico¡ America’s sproutings. New York, NY: Lee & Low Books.

“From blueberries to vanilla, indigenous foods of the Americas are celebrated in this collection of haiku, which also includes information about each food’s origins”–Provided by publisher.

 

 

 

 

Mora, Pat & Mora, Francisco (Illus.) (1994). Listen to the desert/ Oye al desierto. New York, NY: Clarion Books.

A bilingual poem which describes some of the sounds of nature in a desert.

 

 

 

Poetry and Song: Single Editions

Alarcón, Francisco X, & Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illus.). (2008). Animal poems of the Iguazú/Animalario del Iguazú. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: Takes readers into the magical rainforest of the Iguazú National Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Anaya, Rudolfo, & Gaspar Enriquez (Illus.). (2000). Elegy on the death of César Chávez. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos.

WorldCat description: A poem eulogizing the Mexican American labor activist Cesar Chavez and his work helping organize migrant farm workers.

 

 

 

Delacre, Lulu. (2004). Arrorró, mi niño/Latino lullabies and gentle games. New York, NY: Lee & Low Books.

WorldCat description:  An illustrated collection of nursery rhymes, finger play games, and lullabies from the major Latino groups living in the United States today.

 

 

 

Caraballo, Samuel, & Pablo Torrecilla (Illus.). (2002). Estrellita se despide de su isla/Estrellita says good-bye to her island. Houston, TX : Arte Público Press.

WorldCat description: As Estrellita leaves her beloved Caribbean island home, she combines all of its features into an ode celebrating its green and eternal beauty.

 

 

 

Mora, Pat, & John Para (Illus.). (2009). Gracias/thanks (Adriana Domínguez, Trans.). New York, NY: Lee & Low Books.

WorldCat description: A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.

Un muchacho multirracial celebra la familia, la amistad y la diversión por contar algunas de las cosas cotidianas por las que está agradecido.

 

 

 

Plays

Carlson, Lori Marie, Sel, & Raúl Colón (Illus.). (1999). You’re on!: Seven plays in English and Spanish. New York, NY: Morrow.

WorldCat description: Anthology includes seven plays, each presented in English and then in Spanish, masterfully translated from its original language.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vigil, Angel. (1996). ¡Teatro!: Hispanic plays for young people. Englewood, CO: Teachers Ideas Press.

WorldCat description: Consists of fourteen scripts for classroom use based upon Hispanic culture and traditions of the American Southwest.

 

Folklore: Caribbean Basin: Folktales and Fairy Tales (retold, collected, adapted)

Hayes, Joe,  & Maurico Trenard Sayago. (2008).Baila, nana, baila / Dance, nana, dance: Cuban folktales in English and Spanish. El Paso: Cinco Puntos Press.

WorldCat description: A collection of stories from Cuban folklore, representing the cultures of Spain, Africa, and the Caribbean.

 

 

 

 

 

Folklore: Mayan Civilization: Folktales and Fairy Tales (retold, collected, adapted)

Ehlert, Lois. (1997). Cuckoo/Cucu (Gloria de Aragón Andújar, Trans.). San Diego: Harcourt.

WorldCat description: A traditional Mayan tale which reveals how the cuckoo lost her beautiful feathers.

 

 

 

 

Folklore: North America/ Hispanic Southwest: Folktales and Fairy Tales (retold, collected, adapted)

Hayes, Joe, Gloria Osuna Perez & Lucia Angela Perez (Illus.). (2000). Little gold star/Estrella de oro. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos.

WorldCat description: In this variation of the Cinderella story, coming from the Hispanic tradition in New Mexico, Arciá and her wicked stepsisters have different encounters with a magical hawk and are left physically changed in ways that will affect their meeting with the prince.

 

 

Folklore: Southwest North American Indians

Hayes, Joe, & Antonio Castro L. (2002). Pájaro verde/The green bird. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos.

WorldCat description: Although her mother and sisters make fun of her decision to marry a green bird, to Mirabel he is a prince and so when her family’s jealousy endangers him, she sets out to save his life and their love. Although her mother and sisters make fun of her decision to marry a green bird, to Mirabel he is a prince and so when her family’s jealousy endangers him, she sets out to save his life and their love.

 

 

 

 

Folklore: Latin America

Suarez-Rivas, Maite (Ed.). (2000). Latino read-aloud stories. New York, NY: Black Dog & Leventhal.

WorldCat description: Presents legends, fairy tales, fables, and excerpts from current Latino literature in both English and Spanish.

 

 

 

 

 

Informational Books:

Social Studies: Cultures

Garza, Carmen Lomas, & Harriet Rohmer. (1990/2005). Family pictures/Cuadros de familia. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description: The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in a Hispanic community in Texas.

 

 

 

Historical Fiction:

Lee-Tai, Amy & Hoshino, Felicia (Illus.)(2006). A place where sunflowers grow. San Franciso, CA: Children’s Book Press.

WorldCat description : While she and her family are interned at Topaz Relocation Center during World War II, Mari gradually adjusts as she enrolls in an art class, makes a friend, plants sunflowers and waits for them to grow.