2) Cartas a Ratón Pérez by Antonia Rodenas: I love this story! Written in Spanish, I read it in English (translating in my head, as the Spanish is too advanced for my students) and features Gato Negro, who has lost all his teeth and seeks out the help of Ratón Pérez, the Tooth Mouse.
3) Frida by Jonah Winter: This biography is kid centered, telling the story of Frida Kahlo's young life. The illustrations are to die for, and the text is both informative and inspiring!
4) El zorro y el cuy by Kevin Hawkes: Another trickster tale, this one comes from Perú and features a wily guinea pig determined not to get eaten by Zorro. I like to have my students compare this trickster tale with Borreguita and the Coyote as some elements are similar, and fosters a discussion about why it is a guinea pig (indigenous to the Andes).
5) We're Sailing to Galapagos by Laurie Krebs: This comes from Barefoot Books and introduces kids to the animals of the Galapagos in a rhyme which inspires kids to read along. There is great information at the end about the islands and the animals which inhabit them.
6) Por Fin es Carnaval by Arthur Dorros (available in English as well): Focusing on the traditional handicraft of arpilleras, this book follows a little boy in the Andes of Perú getting ready for Carnaval. Each illustration is itself an arpillera, and at the end there is information about how they are made. Wonderful for learning about both this holiday and this handicraft!
I hope you have a moment to check out these wonderful books! What books do you love to read to your students? Let me know!